11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Claire Prempeh

Claire Prempeh in rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Claire Prempeh in rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Claire Prempeh can be seen on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Laughing.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Titus Andronicus.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Crisps and hummus.

What is your favourite word?
Chanticleer.

What are you most passionate about?
Equality.

If the days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Sleep.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Sweets.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Paris – the city that never sleeps.

Favourite city?
Paris – the city that never sleeps.

What’s your favourite song?
Enya, Sail Away.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be?
1960s – I identify with the clothes and the music.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Invisibility/flying = invisi-flying.

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Young Vic until 19 September and tickets are now sold out, but you can still see the show by trying your luck and coming along to the day seat lottery, click here for more info.

A Streetcar Named Desire will also be broadcast live around the world by NT Live on 16 September. To find your nearest cinema and book tickets, visit ntlive.com.

11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Ben Foster

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Ben Foster as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Persson.

Ben Foster can be seen on stage as Stanley in our 5 star production of Tenessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Listening to my breath.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Cheese burger and fries.

What is your favourite word?
‘Yes’.

What are you most passionate about?
Currently, A Streetcar Named Desire.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Silence.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Italy.

Favourite city?
NYC.

What’s your favourite song?
That’s Life.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be?
Right now.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Speed reading.

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Young Vic until 19 September and tickets are now sold out, but you can still see the show by trying your luck and coming along to the day seat lottery, click here for more info.

A Streetcar Named Desire will also be broadcast live around the world by NT Live on 16 September. To find your nearest cinema and book tickets, visit ntlive.com.

Streetcar ticket lottery: August dates

To give as many people as possible a chance to see A Streetcar Named Desire, we’re holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Please see the August dates below:

Fri 1 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 2 Aug: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Sun 3 Aug: NO LOTTERY
Mon 4 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 5 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 6 Aug: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 7 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 8 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 9 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 10 Aug: NO LOTTERY
Mon 11 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 12 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 13 Aug: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 14 Aug: drawings at 5.30PM
Fri 15 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 16 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 17 Aug: NO LOTTERY
Mon 18 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 19 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 20 Aug: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 21 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 22 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 23 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 24 Aug: NO LOTTERY
Mon 25 Aug: NO LOTTERY
Tues 26 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 27 Aug: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 28 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 29 Aug: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 30 Aug: drawings at 2.30PM & 5.30PM
Sun 31 Aug: NO LOTTERY

Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM (1.30PM for a matinee) with all tickets at £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only, the usual 5PM time for the evening performance
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

Two special performances of Streetcar announced

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On 16 September, A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live to over 1000 cinemas worldwide by NT Live. Tickets for the broadcast performance at the Young Vic are £10. Your seats will be allocated nearer the time.

Please note that there will be several cameras in the auditorium and views of the stage may be blocked at any time during the performance. Please note the performance start time of 7pm. Audience members should be in their seats by 6.45pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.There will be 360 degree filming which will result in audience members being filmed and appearing on screen. By attending you are agreeing to being filmed and appearing in the broadcast. Please ensure you wear dark clothing.

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the poker nightThe Poker Night: Thursday 18 September 7.30pm

“Nothing belongs on a poker table but cards, chips and whiskey”
-Stanley Kowalski

Artistic Director David Lan invites you to The Poker Night, an exclusive performance of A Streetcar Named Desire to raise funds for our Directors Program. “As a charity, each year the Young Vic must raise millions of pounds to produce shows like Streetcar and to continue our innovative work with young directors. That’s why we’re asking those of you who can to join us for this special fundraising event.”

Join us for whiskey, poker, and the penultimate performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tickets cost £150 and include a drink, programme and the performance.

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A Streetcar Named Desire reviews

Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Johan Perrson.The reviews are in for A Streetcar Named Desire. Read below to find out what the critics think and click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Benedict Andrews’ version steams off the stage with pain, excitement and clamour”
The Observer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Foster as Stanley matches Miss Anderson blow for blow in their big showdowns…Kirby is touchingly vulnerable as Stella”
Sunday Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“Never have I seen a production of the play that was so raw in its emotion, so violent and so deeply upsetting – Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career. An absolute knock-out.”
Daily Telegraph – read full review here.

★ ★ ★ ★
“Gillian Anderson is simply unmissable, and the direction is admirably thoughtful and bold. Vanessa Kirby’s eloquent, Ben Foster is explosive, and there’s a lovely measured Corey Johnson”
Evening Standard – read full review here.

★ ★ ★ ★
“Gillian Anderson gives a stellar performance”
The Guardian – read the full review.

★ ★ ★ ★
“Anderson and Foster’s clash really is something to behold – dizzying, disorientating in the crystal-clarity of Benedict Andrews’ production. Foster is a truly fascinating Stanley.”
Time Out – read the full review.

★ ★ ★ ★
“Gillian Anderson’s shatteringly powerful and persuasive Blanche, with excellent support from Corey Johnson as Mitch and Vanessa Kirby as Stella”
The Independent – read the full review here.

★ ★ ★ ★
“An engrossing ensemble piece… Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster are both riveting”
The Times

★ ★ ★ ★
“An ingenious take powered by four ace performances”
The Daily Mail – read the full review.

11 Questions with the cast of The Events: Clifford Samuel

Clifford Samuel and Derbhle Crotty in The Events

Clifford Samuel and Derbhle Crotty in The Events. Photo by David Levine

Clifford Samuel can currently be seen on stage at the Young Vic in The Guardian’s #1 show of 2013, The Events.  Now in it’s final week in London, Clifford answers our 11 Questions.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Brush my teeth, check my mic pack, a bit of skipping prep, a few press ups, less talking, wish my co-star “break a leg!”.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Very hard to choose… I worked on The Girl in the Yellow Dress by Craig Higginson. Beautifully structure and story.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Cereal – with lovely cold milk.

What is your favourite word?
Sublime.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Tulum, Mexico/Rio de Janeiro.

What is your favourite song?
Cupid by Sam Cooke.

If the days were 28 hours long what would you do with the extra 4 hours?
Continue with some more of my writing and perhaps finish Breaking Bad!

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Tropical fish.

Favourite city and why?
London. It’s a huge melting pot of different cultures, some incredible, old architecture juxtaposed with new. And because it’s London. Any Londoner knows what I mean…

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Late 60s – 70s. Great music and musicians. Flamboyant fashion. Turning point in human rights. Useful technology.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Time travel/teleporting.

The Events is on until this Saturday 2 August at the Young Vic, to book tickets here.

Streetcar ticket lottery: July dates

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A Streetcar Named Desire rehearsals. Photo by Johan Persson.

To give as many people as possible a chance to see the show, we’ll also be holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Please see the July dates below:

Weds 23 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 24 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 25 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 26 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 27 July: NO LOTTERY
Mon 28 July: NO LOTTERY
Tues 29 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 30 July: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 31 July: drawing at 5.30PM

Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM with all tickets £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only, the usual 5PM time for the evening performance
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

A Streetcar Named Desire: NT Live broadcast

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We’re very excited to announce that A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from the Young Vic by National Theatre Live to cinemas around the world on Tuesday 16 September.

National Theatre Live performances are broadcast via satellite to over 1100 venues in over 40 different countries  around the world, live in Europe and some US cities, and time-delayed in countries further afield. A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella, is the Young Vic’s first collaboration with NT Live.

For cinema tickets and venue information, visit ntlive.com.

A Streetcar Named Desire runs at the Young Vic from 23 July – 19 September. For more information on the production at the Young Vic and day seats, click here.

A Streetcar Named Desire extends + day seat lottery

Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster & Vanessa Kirby | photos by Johan Persson

Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster & Vanessa Kirby | photos by Johan Persson

We’re thrilled to announce that A Streetcar Named Desire will be extended until 19 September!

Because of our flexible auditorium, we’ve also been able to add more seats for every performance. Which means that there will be thousands of tickets on sale next Weds 16 July at 10am!

To give as many people as possible a chance to see the show, we’ll also be holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM with all tickets £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

Although we took extra measures with our website and Box Office when we first went on sale, because of overwhelming demand for tickets (a Young Vic record!), many of you had difficulties booking. This time we are doing even more to improve the experience including additional website support and doubling the number of team members on the phones for next Wednesday. However we anticipate that it may take longer to book than usual. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

To return to the Young Vic website, click here.

 

Act for Change – 2 local teens share their view

Act for Change, June 30, 2014 | Photo by  Jon Holloway

Act for Change, June 30, 2014 | Photo by Jon Holloway

Nowadays there have been many objections to the fact that there seems to be a decline in the number of BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) inspirational characters in TV programmes and theatre productions. As a result, the Act for Change Conference was held at the Young Vic Theatre where many youths, people involved in aspects of drama, and various individuals interested in this debate attended and contributed fascinating ideas.

This conference was about integration and equality in the theatre and TV industry. There were many different opinions being thrown around the room that caused a lot of debate, especially to the panel hosting this. This debate got very heated and one repeated idea was that commissioners shouldn’t insult the audience’s intellect, meaning that the audience members shouldn’t be underestimated for what they know and how much inequality in the drama industry they notice.

One main subject was that stereotypical characters are constantly being cast by some theatres and the people making the decisions don’t seem to reflect the accurate lifestyle in London. Funds might restrict diversity but we soon learned that the BBC has a £2 billion budget; this revealed that this argument was irrelevant. In 2006 the percentage of BAME characters was 31% this number dropped dramatically to 5.4% and has remained at this figure ever since. These figures not only shocked us, the panel and the audience, but also showed us that there needs to be change and fast, leading to a massive discussion.

It became obvious that it is essential to have more inspirational roles for ethnic minorities. Some people blamed drama schools for this problem, but from personal experience we don’t agree with this because we know plenty of people who have different ethnicities that haven’t had any racial problems in drama schools whatsoever. But this is only from our perspective, as you grow older you begin to realise the seriousness and difficulty in casting and there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. This is not only in smaller theatres but in soap dramas that millions watch across nations. For example, Eastenders has a larger number of cast members compared to smaller theatres who have a smaller number of cast members. The exciting debate made us think and acknowledge the huge issue which is evidently significant to our future generations and community.

The quantity of BAME actors isn’t as important as the quality and depth of each role. People from the USA contributed to the discussion also, some audience members felt strongly about this debate and one was later described as ‘feisty’ by the chairwoman. One lawyer mentioned the fact that it isn’t illegal to use creative ideas to mask racism in the UK however it is in the USA. Meaning that in the USA it is forbidden to pretend your casting decisions are based on story when actually you’re just discriminating.

We understand that there is pressure from the creative community, we shouldn’t forget that huge black roles have been played before and there are loads of BAME actors available but they just need to be noticed instead of being portrayed as unimportant extras. Where is the imagination in casting today in comparison to 20 years ago, when integration was first made mandatory? Are we moving backwards and becoming less diverse whilst the community around us becomes more diverse?

In conclusion, we think that this debate has caused a further larger debate with hundreds of people with different perspectives. It has allowed many people to understand numerous views in depth and why people are so passionate about change. We may only be teenagers but what we witnessed that day has definitely given us something new to think about and the level of importance when it comes to diversity is now clear which is usually hidden to the rest of the world. London is a diverse community and this should be reflected in drama productions.

By Udokama Iwumene & Emily McLaughlin, age 14