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Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire

Young Vic Streetcar receives screening

First Published 18 July 2014, Last Updated 18 July 2014

The Gillian Anderson-led production of A Streetcar Named Desire, the fastest selling show in the Young Vic’s history, will be screened by NT Live on 16 September.

The screening, the first collaboration between the Waterloo venue and NT Live, will allow a much wider audience to enjoy the Benedict Andrews-directed production of Tennessee Williams’ famous drama, with 1,100 venues across 40 countries set to show the play.

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Anderson, who is best known for playing Dana Scully in supernatural drama The X-Files, leads the cast as fading beauty Blanche Dubois, who, as her world crumbles, turns to her sister Stella for solace. As she sinks towards her lowest point, she is thrown up against the brutal force of Stanley Kowalski.

The production, which runs at the Young Vic from 28 July to 19 September, marks the London stage debut of X-Men: The Last Stand actor Ben Foster, who made his US stage debut in the Broadway production of Orphans last year. Vanessa Kirby, who previously appeared in the Andrews-directed Three Sisters at the Young Vic in 2012, plays Stella.

A Streetcar Named Desire becomes the latest non-National Theatre production to be screened by NT Live, following David Hare’s Skylight. The drama, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, was screened live in the UK earlier this week, with international screenings scheduled for 23 October.

Among the other productions set to be screened in the coming months are the Helen McCrory-led Medea (from 4 September), DV8 Theatre’s John (from 9 December) and the National Theatre’s Christmas family production of Treasure Island (from 22 January 2015).

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