A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

“One of the most celebrated plays of the twentieth century.” The New York Times

Blanche, an aging Southern belle, impoverished and alcoholic, escaping lost illusions and faded glory, seeks shelter with her sister, Stella, in New Orleans.

Stella and her husband, Stanley, live and love in a tiny apartment in a poor quarter of New Orleans, where the inhabitants pulse with vitality and sensuality. Blanche’s arrival throws the couple into turmoil when Blanche, the dreamer, and Stanley, the realist, battle each other for Stella’s affections. When a sexually charged conflict erupts between Stanley and Blanche, it threatens to destroy Blanche’s tenuous grasp on sanity and the very fabric of Stella’s happiness.

Starring multi-award winning Australian actors, Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change) and Nathaniel Dean, and featuring some of Western Australia’s most acclaimed performers, this heartbreaking play will intoxicate you with its raw, dramatic power. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and numerous other awards.

By Tennessee Williams

“Jazz drifts down the streets and sex lurks around the corner, as iconic actress Sigrid Thornton brings to life Blanche, one of the most celebrated roles of the 20th century, alongside some of WA's most loved actors.” Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Benj D'Addario, Nathaniel Dean, Callum Fletcher, Luke Hewitt, Michael Loney, Rhoda Lopez, Jo Morris, Sigrid Thornton, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken and Irma Woods.

Directed by Kate Cherry.

Assistant Director Lawrie Cullen-Tait.

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Christina Smith, Lighting Designer Matt Scott.

Sound Designer/Composer Ben Collins.

Movement Coach Chrissie Parrott, Resident Fight Director Andy Fraser, Voice Coach Melissa Agnew.

Reviews

"Cherry’s insightful direction ensures the audience is kept on the edge of their seats." The Australian

"...A truly memorable production featuring one of Australia’s finest acting talents. Black Swan have done us proud yet again." Perth Now

"[Sigrid Thornton's] performance is beautiful ... Utterly captivating, her multi-layered performance overrides any suggestion of stunt casting and the show would be worth seeing for her performance alone." Stage Whispers

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