The Glass Menagerie centres around a poor family living in 1930s St Louis.
Mum Amanda was abandoned by her husband and relies on her son Tom to support the family.
Tom works in a shoe warehouse and dreams of being a poet. His sister Laura, afflicted by a crippling shyness, is being pushed to find a husband.
It is a stark portrayal of people in denial of reality and raises questions over to what extent people can escape their backgrounds.
The Glass Menagerie
written by Tennessee Williams
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Until 24 May