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National Theatre at Home: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production

By Tennessee Williams
Direction Benedict Andrews

From 21 to 28 May 2020
Running Time: 2 hours and 55 minutes with a very short interval

5 star rating

An absolute knock-out.

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Benedict Andrews’ version steams off the stage with pain, excitement and clamour.

5 star rating

Kirby is touchingly vulnerable as Stella

Sunday Telegraph
5 star rating

Gillian Anderson is simply unmissable

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Gillian Anderson gives a stellar performance

4 star rating

Ben Foster is a truly fascinating Stanley

Time Out
4 star rating

Gillian Anderson's shatteringly powerful and persuasive Blanche

4 star rating

An engrossing ensemble piece…

The Times
4 star rating

An ingenious take powered by four ace performances

Daily Mail
4 star rating

Gillian Anderson’s Blanche is a tragic delight

Sunday Times

National Theatre at Home: A Streetcar Named Desire

I don’t want realism. I want magic!

Gillian Anderson (All About Eve, The X-Files, The Fall, Sex Education) plays Blanche DuBois with Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (Julie, The Crown, Mission Impossible) as Stella.

As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. 

This critically acclaimed production was filmed live on stage at the Young Vic in 2014 by National Theatre Live. 

BBFC rating 15 when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire took place on National Theatre's YouTube channel on 21 May 2020. 

A Streetcar Named Desire is now available to watch on National Theatre at Home

We’re all about experiencing theatre together.

At a time when many theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit National Theatre Live venues or local theatres, we’re excited to bring you National Theatre at Home.

A Streetcar Named Desire streamed from Thursday 21 May 7pm UK time on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, and was then available on demand for one week until 7pm UK time on Thursday 28 May.

Some of the best British theatre was free to watch from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube, with each title available for one week.

Thank you to all the amazing artists who have allowed us to share A Streetcar Named Desire in this way, during a time when many theatre fans aren’t able to visit their local theatre.


A Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production 

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