A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson available to stream tonight
The 2014 Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire is available to stream from this evening, as part of the National Theatre at Home series. The Olivier Award-nominated production remains the fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, starring Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster.
Written by Tennessee Williams, the play follows Blanche DuBois as she moves in with her sister, Stella and her husband, Stanley. As Blanche turns to her sister, pre-existing volatile relationships cause great conflict in the household. A Streetcar Named Desire won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is often regarded as one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.
The cast of A Streetcar Named Desire stars Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, who recently starred in the world premiere of All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre. The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby plays Stella Kowalski, opposite Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski.
The cast is completed by Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Nicholas Gecks, Troy Glasgow, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson and Claire Prempeh.
In a five-star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Dom O’Hanlon praised the reinvigorated interpretation, saying: “I have never felt so gripped through a production, nor so thoroughly engaged with the drama unfolding. The pace is shockingly on point throughout, never does the text begin to sag or the action wain - a mark of true attention being paid to this great American classic. This is a production which is likely to sit with you for sometime, and for many will become definitive. The heart of Williams' work remains fully intact, and the story is thrust into a modern perspective in the most challenging and affecting way possible.”
The stream will be available to watch from 7pm on 21st May, and will be online for seven days. You can also watch A Streetcar Named Desire via the link below.
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