Grey Gardens at the Southwark Playhouse

For those of you not familiar with the story, a documentary was made in 1976 about Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, known as Big Edie and Little Edie, who were the aunt and cousin of former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. They led an unconventional existence in Grey Gardens, a mansion in East Hampton. Their home was surrounded by overgrown gardens, and filled with fleas, cats, raccoons, and old cans and rubbish. The documentary film highlighted their unique lives among the East Hampton elite, and introduced the Beales to their cult fan following.

Although I couldn’t imagine it working, the documentary translated into a brilliant musical which opened on Broadway in 2006.   New York Times Review.   I can only hope the cast includes an Edie as good as Christine Ebersole when it opens at the Southwark Playhouse in January  Grey Gardens | Southwark Playhouse

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