A shattering, poetic portrait of vulnerability, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning play ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ comes to the Royal Exchange Theatre this autumn. Maxine Peake takes on the role of Williams’ fragile heroine Blanche DuBois.
As Blanche battles a gripping addiction, she looks for relief in the claustrophobic home of her sister Stella, played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster and her hot-blooded husband, Ben Batt’s Stanley.
Directed by Sarah Frankcom, this 20th Century modern classic brings the Royal Exchange’s Artistic Director back together with Peake, her creative partner and Exchange Associate Artist.
Running from 8 September to 15 October, the production is designed by Fly Davis, who returns to the Exchange following her design for Scuttlers and Nothing.
In the New Orleans house of Stanley and Stella Kowalski, a visitor arrives. Debt has sunk the family home in Mississippi and Stella’s fragile sister Blanche is coming to stay. As the summer heat floats up from the sidewalk and the liquor gets poured, Blanche invades her sister’s marriage and ignites a dark and violent conflict with the brooding and bullish Stanley.
The cast is completed by Michelle Butterly, Sandra Cole, Etta Fusi, Reuben Johnson, Youssef Kerkour, Reece Noiand Ryan Pope.
TNT Arts & Culture
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