11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson can be seen on stage at the Young Vic as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are her answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Vain, passionate, fantasist.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Going over lines in monologues, specifically.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
A Streetcar Named Desire.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Chocolate covered rice cakes.

What is your favourite word?
Fuck.

What are you most passionate about?
My kids and art in all its forms.

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

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
1910 – to witness all the revolutions and still be young enough to be a cool cat in the 1960s.

Favourite city?
London.

What’s your favourite song?
Creep by Radiohead / The Rolling Stones You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Teleportation – to go backwards anywhere in time.

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

The Sound Of Yellow – written by Mike Clarke, a participant in Taking Part’s community show

The Sound of Yellow

The Sound of Yellow

Way back at the start of the year, a group of hopefuls auditioned for the chance to be in a new play. We were told that it was about Synesthesia, a condition in which people can see colours or experience tastes by simply hearing a certain word. It’s bizarre, yet truly magical and much harder to explain than I originally thought so here is a proper description.

That video is the very same shown to us by our director Matthew Xia at our audition. In fact, it was after watching that video that two members of our cast discovered that they too were synesthetes.  The energy was buzzing! The Sound of Yellow was already reaching out, and had already infected us all. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

We were also informed that the play was going to be ‘verbatim’, which means that some of our lines were going to be quotes from actual synesthetes. We were going to be playing real people. So, no pressure!

In the weeks that followed our ‘Two Boroughs’ group met, and played games and bonded. We saw shows together; the splendid A View from the Bridge and the show that inspired our own, The Valley of Astonishment by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. We were very privileged to meet them both along with the cast and fellow synesthetes. They continued to visit us over the weeks to give us their insight into their process and help us translate our script to an unsuspecting audience.

It was only a week before the play when we met up with the other groups participating in this event; Kairos Community Trust, Foundation 66, St Mungo’s Broadway & the Open Voices Choir. We finally got to see the bits of the play we had only read on paper come to life. Each group had been working on a different section, so seeing the whole thing come together was exciting!

Over the weeks we had been teased with images and models of the set. With tales of ever changing lights, smells of beef and disinfectant, 3D glasses, lights and sounds all in one tent. Well, the stage guys at the Young Vic did not disappoint. Our stage was an ever changing canvas, painting different colours, smells and sounds in a fully interactive space. It’s hard to explain (closest thing I could get was the holodeck from Star Trek) but was a wonder to experience. The play had street performances, it had audience participation, it had sounds, tastes, and lighting to affect as many senses as possible. It had a choir! It had moments of happiness and pure joy. It also had moments of utter gut wrenching sorrow. It was able to take you there safely and bring you back to the safety of yourself. By looking at your own reflection, you saw (we hoped) a whole new you. Not the you who had started watching this play as, but the new ‘enlightened’ one.  That wasn’t supposed to be as pretentious as it read. Oh well.

I remember getting ready to go, the show was over it was time to get back to reality via a few celebratory drinks at the bar, when I was stopped by one of the members of Foundation 66. He asked me simply, “What I was going to do now?” I replied with, “Go to the bar and hang for a bit”. He corrected me with, “No I mean, what are you going to do now? Now this is all over?” I replied, “I don’t know what I’m going to do now.” That’s when it hit me. This wasn’t just some play; this had been a life force and life line to so many people.

The Sound of Yellow was never going to be a straight forward play. Over the weeks it had become a piece of organic material. A living breathing thing, that kept evolving and growing, needing our sustenance, wanting to be much more than just a performance piece. And in that final moment, I think it achieved it.

Win tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire!

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

It’s competition time! We want your best “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” à la Blanche DuBois via an Instagram video.

Our favourite will win tickets to the NT Live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Young Vic (being broadcast around the world!) at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September.

Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag when posting your video.

You have until 6pm on Mon 1 Sept.  The winner will be announced shortly after. Oh and remember, we don’t want realism, we want magic! Good luck!

Streetcar Day Seat lottery dates: September

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 September dates below:

Mon 1 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 2 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 3 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 4 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 5 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 6 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Sun 7 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Mon 8 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Tues 9 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 10 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 11 Sep: drawings at 5.30PM
Fri 12 Sep: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Sat 13 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 14 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Mon 15 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Tues 16 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM – please note this is the NT Live performance which begins at 7PM. You must wear dark clothing and be in your seat by 6.45PM.
Weds 17 Sep: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 18 Sep: NO LOTTERY
Fri 19 Sep: 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 (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.

11 Questions with the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire – Branwell Donaghey

Photo by Johan Persson

Photo by Johan Persson

Branwell Donaghey can be seen on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in A Streetcar Named Desire?
Tough, funny, lucky.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Press ups and a shower.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
The Cherry Orchard.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Cereal – granola or similar – and full fat milk.

What are you most passionate about?
My wife and children’s health and happiness.

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?
For a limited time, peace and quiet.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Cheap as chips package to Zante in 2005 with my wife (who was my girlfriend at the time).

Favourite city and why?
I prefer the country!

What’s your favourite song?
Wouldn’t It Be Good by Nik Kershaw.

If you could have a supernatural power which would you choose?
Never ending luck!

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 – 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

A Streetcar Named Desire

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: LOTTERY CANCELLED
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

CaptureSTRTCARNT Live: Tuesday 16 September 7pm

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.