Period of Adjustment (2006) Theater


In Tennessee Williams play A Period of Adjustment Benedict shines as war veteran George Haverstick

Period of Adjustment, written by Tennessee Williams in 1958, ran from 9 March to 29 April 2006 at the Almeida Theatre in London. Benedict Cumberbatch was seen in the role of George Haverstick, a war veteran.

What is Period of Adjustment about?:
It’s Christmas Eve in High Point, 1958. George Haverstick takes his recently wedded wife Isabel out over the Christmas holidays to introduce her to his friend and comrade Ralph Bates and his wife. However, the idyllic Christmas mood changes rapidly. Ralph and his wife have just broken up after 5 years of marriage; George and Isabel, who only just got married the day before, don’t manage to come to terms with each other. The stories explores the causes of the crises while funny and poignant results are revealed.

Tennessee Williams is one of the most important American playwrights. He lived from 03.26.1911 to 25.02.1983. Many of his works have been turned into movies to date, and continue to be listed on the world stage. In 1948 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his work “A Streetcat Named Desire”, and the same award in 1955 for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.

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Photos/ Almeida Official Site/ Period of Adjustment Programme

„Benedict Cumberbatch is equally impressive as her nervous husband and Sandy McDade provides good support as Ralph’s spouse. All in all, this is a really classy revival.“The Stage

„The play demonstrates that men as much as women are the victims of the period’s crude ideal of masculinity. Benedict Cumberbatch’s splendid George shows the bottled, juddering violence and macho bombast generated by the dread of not living up to a stun-‘em-with-sex-and-screw-tenderness stereotype.“The Independent

„Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as George and Lisa Dillon is equally good in showing Isabel’s efforts to negotiate the double demands on women to be both morally proper and sexually adventurous.“Metro

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