Ben Jacobs | Lighting Designer
Theatre, Dance, Opera

Southern Belles - King's Head Theatre

Southern Belles

King’s Head Theatre

Directed by Jamie Armitage

Designed by Sarah Mercadé

Costumes by Sarah Mercadé


Southern Belles: Two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams.

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, and Something Unspoken, two rarely performed pieces by Tennessee Williams are presented together for the very first time as the headline production of the King's Head's 2019 Queer Season.

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens charts the heart-breaking encounter between an extraordinary drag queen and a troubled sailor in 1950's New Orleans and explores the boundaries of love, passion and heartbreak.

In Something Unspoken, tensions between a wealthy Southern spinster, Miss Cornelia Scott, and Grace, her loyal secretary of 15 years, boil over in a confrontation that exposes their complex, unacknowledged and romantic yearning for each other.


"…from Sarah Mercadé's design to Ben Jacobs's lights, the production employs a certain kind of gentleness to portray sentimental devastation…From the acting down to the detailing of the lighting, Armitage managed to assemble a winning team." - Broadway World

Kudos also to lightning designer Ben Jacobs, who always manages to emphasise the desired mood excellently well with subtle and apt colours.” - The Upcoming

“Lighting designer Ben Jacobs creates a lavish landscape, creating drama by plummeting breakdown and abuse into complete darkness.” - A Younger Theatre


Photo Credit: Scott Rylander