Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Broadway Success and Childhood

4 Extra Debut. Echoes of Williams's troubled childhood are present in his first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie. Read by Damien Lewis.

Echoes of Tennessee Williams's troubled childhood find their way into Tennessee's first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie.

Opening episode of the biography of America's great playwright by acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr.

John Lahr's evocative biography of one of America's greatest playwrights vividly illustrates how Tennessee Williams drew on his personal experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of the American stage and screen such as Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura. Drawing on Tennessee Williams's poems, journals and private correspondence with friends and colleagues, Lahr creates a compelling portrait of William's turbulent personal life and his extraordinarily successful career.

John Lahr was the Senior Drama Critic at the New Yorker for 20 years. His other books include, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams.

With the voices of Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Producer: Elizabeth Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2014.

15 minutes

Last on

Tue 6 Aug 2019 02:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Reader Damian Lewis
Reader Trevor White
Reader Elaine Claxton
Reader Bettrys Jones
Reader Ian Conningham
Producer Elizabeth Allard
Abridger Richard Hamilton
Author John Lahr

Broadcasts

  • Mon 22 Sep 2014 09:45
  • Tue 23 Sep 2014 00:30
  • Mon 5 Aug 2019 14:45
  • Tue 6 Aug 2019 02:45

Audio Books

Audio Books

Exceptional books and readings.

Books

Books

Celebrating reading and the 100 novels that have shaped our world.

How many of these 100 Novels have you read?

How many of these 100 Novels have you read?

After a passionate debate, our panel has come up with this surprising literary selection.

Finding Your Story

Finding Your Story

Ten remarkable novels about identity: Which one will help you discover yourself?

Short stories to keep

Short stories to keep

The fiction podcast featuring the best stories from the UK's finest writers

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Interviews, previews and reviews