The hills of California are a very long way from Blackpool, but it is the seaside resort on the west coast of England that provides the setting for the latest from Jez Butterworth (opening in January 2024), who may be best known for Jerusalem but who has written plenty of hits. One of his best was The Ferryman, which was directed with such flair by Sam Mendes. The pair are reunited here for what should be another piece of consummate storytelling, set in a rackety Blackpool B&B in the long, hot summer of 1976.
In Blackpool, 1976 marked the driest summer in two centuries. The beaches overflowed with visitors, and the hotels teemed with guests. Amid the scorching backstreets, a considerable distance from the bustling scenes of ice cream and donkey rides, the Webb Sisters made their way back to their mother's ailing guest house, where she lay upstairs, nearing the end of her life. Content: Includes themes of an adult and sensitive nature