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A Street Car Named Desire - National Theatre Live

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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a street car named desire, gillian anderson, young vic, national theatre
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Written by playwright Tennessee Williams in 1947, A Street Car Named Desire has become the Young Vic's fastest selling production in history. So fast in fact, that tickets were sold out before I even heard about it. I was upset about this, because although I have no interest in the story, one of my favourite actors, Gillian Anderson, plays the lead role of Blanche DuBois.

Because of the show's popularity, the Young Vic has made more seats available, but tickets are only bookable on the day at the box office. So unless you are able and willing to travel to South Bank early on the off chance, and then wait several hours for the play to begin that means you're out of luck, right?

Not necessarily. On the 16th September, The National Theatre is going to broadcast a live performance of A Street Car Named Desire to over a thousand cinemas around the world. Although it does not quite compare to seeing Gillian Anderson in person, it is the next best thing. I have been to a couple of live cinema broadcasts before, including War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Both were amazing experiences; you felt just as if you were in the theatre, but without any restricted viewing from the seats.

Ticket prices will vary depending on which cinema you go to; exact venues have yet to be announced, but most Odeon and Vue cinemas are likely to broadcast the event at 7.30pm.

Blanche is a fading Southern Belle who clings to pretensions of virtue and culture, while hiding behind a mask of hypocrisy. Tension mounts while visiting her sister, Stella, who in contrast is in a passionate relationship with her brutish husband, Stanley.
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When: From 16th September
Where: Check website for participating cinemas
Cost: Varires
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