The rendition of Tennessee Williams’ celebrated play A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson as iconic character Blanche Dubois will be broadcast live worldwide on September 16th.
The play, also starring American actor Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski, is the fastest-selling ticket in the history of the Young Vic Theater.
The NT Live program from the National Theatre is handling the September broadcast, which will air at 7 p.m. UK time (2 p.m. EDT).
Commenting on the play, Anderson said, “I’ve never seen a production where I felt I was a fly on the wall in New Orleans and I felt that that version of it would not only be exciting to perform, but the version that I’d want to see. I’d want to sit in that room and be hot and sweaty with the actors. And after I’d had that idea there was no changing my mind… I have completely fallen in love with Blanche and I was unprepared for that.”
— Young Vic Theatre (@youngvictheatre) July 17, 2014
A Streetcar Named Desire was penned by Williams in 1947, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play opened on Broadway on December, 1947, and ran until December, 1949. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. The film version was directed by Kazan and starred Brando and Vivien Leigh.
Here is the 1951 Streetcar trailer:
Foster called the Young Vic production “a thrill. It’s very scary in the best way. There’s nowhere to hide.” The Lone Survivor actor added, “We’ve turned film into such an industry that we pursue naturalism just by shaking the camera, and cutting the film to ribbons to provoke a bogus sense of documentary. But we haven’t done the homework. To push the depth that the Actor’s Studio did or the Russian theatres did with their actors, is to rehearse, to spend time, to dig, to excavate. And that is what we are doing.”
— YoungVic Taking Part (@YVTakingPart) July 14, 2014
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