A Streetcar Named Desire

Everyone knows the famous lines in this Tennessee Williams play: Stanley bellowing ‘Stella” and Blanche coyly remarking “I have always relied on the kindness of strangers”, so it was a surprise to realize that I may never have actually seen the whole play.

This National Theatre Live production was worth waiting for. Gillian Anderson was superb as Blanche, so good that you barely noticed the other cast members. this is unfair because they were very good too, especially Stanley played by Ben Foster. Vanessa Kirby was a strong Stella.

Benedict Andrews as the director, and he took full advantage of the possibilities presented by the configuration of the Young Vic theatre. This is definitely a theatre to watch for interesting productions.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to A Streetcar Named Desire

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Well, it certainly must have ben a challenge working on that constantly rotating set!
    It was very much Gillian Anderson’s show and she handled a very different character than we have seen her do before with great commitment, and to very good effect.
    My first time seeing it too, and worth the wait.

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