Rave reviews + A Streetcar Named Desire, New York photos

A Streetcar Named Desire has opened to rave reviews at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Gillian Anderson is Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Stella in Benedict Andrews’ award-winning production, which transferred to New York following a sold-out run at the Young Vic last summer.

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff (3)

Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Read the reviews below and view the full selection of production photos on Facebook.

“A brave take on a classic play that envelopes the audiences in a timelessly primeval world” 
New York Times – read the full review

Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

★★★★
“Benedict Andrews’ poignant new staging of Tennessee Williams’s play feels utterly contemporary… Gillian Anderson haunts in this vital staging”

The Guardian US – read the full review

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby in A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Photo by Teddy Wolff

See Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in our Young Vic short film, The Departure, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. The film takes place in the days before Blanche arrives at her sister Stella’s home.
Directed by Gillian Anderson and written by Andrew O’Hagan.

A Streetcar Named Desire plays in New York at St. Ann’s Warehouse until 23 June. Visit their website to book tickets.

Young Vic Shorts | The Departure feat. Gillian Anderson

Alongside our YV 2015 Season announcement, we’re very very excited to finally share with you the latest Young Vic Short, The Departure directed by and starring Gillian Anderson.

The Departure is inspired by Benedict Andrews’ hugely successful production of A Streetcar Named Desire which played at the Young Vic 23 July – 19 September 2014. Gillian Anderson received much praise for her performance as Blanche Du Bois, a role she reprises in the film. She said, “The Departure imagines the circumstances leading up to Blanche arriving at her sister’s house in New Orleans, a sort of prequel to Tennessee Williams’ great play. I am thrilled that, with the support of the Young Vic, Andrew and I have had the opportunity to delve further into the life of this iconic character and create something which can be seen by audiences across the globe.”

The Departure also features Bruce Alexander, Suzanne Bertish and Rollo Skinner and is available on the Guardian website. Take a look at the stunning behind the scenes images from the film shoot here.

The Departure featuring Gillian Anderson

Photo by David Sandison.

The Departure A film by Gillian Anderson Written by Andrew O’Hagan Directed by Gillian Anderson Young Vic Shorts are a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions. They offer artists working with the theatre a unique creative opportunity to reach a large international audience online. The most recent Young Vic short was MAYDAY, inspired by Natalie Abrahami’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Young Vic nominated for 4 Evening Standard Awards

2014 Evening Standard Award nominees, clockwise from top left: Mark Strong, Gillian Anderson, the cast of Ivo van Hove's A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys

2014 Evening Standard Award nominees, clockwise from top left: Mark Strong, Gillian Anderson, the cast of Ivo van Hove’s A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys

The Evening Standard Awards shortlist was announced today and we’re delighted to have been nominated for 4 categories! Congratulations to all the nominees; read the full shortlist here.

Tickets are available for A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys in the West End; book online at youngvic.org.

BEST ACTOR
Mark Strong, A View From The Bridge, Young Vic

NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Gillian Anderson, A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic

MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Ivo van Hove, A View From The Bridge, Young Vic

NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
The Scottsboro Boys, Young Vic and Garrick

Just announced: 2 New Young Vic Shorts featuring Gillian Anderson & Juliet Stevenson

Today we are pleased to premiere the latest Young Vic short, MAYDAY, starring Juliet Stevenson, and announce Gillian Anderson’s upcoming short film The Departure, written by Andrew O’Hagan, directed by and starring Gillian Anderson.

MAYDAY was inspired by Natalie Abrahami’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic, which will return to the Main House stage from 13 February 2015.  The short film stars Juliet Stevenson with appearances from David Beames and Tanya Moodie and glimpses the life of one resilient woman, fighting to “keep up the glamour” as she descends into ever increasing isolation.  Both Stevenson and Beames will return to the Young Vic in next year’s Happy Days revival.

MAYDAY
Written by Nancy Harris
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Starring Juliet Stevenson

Want more? Watch the making of documentary featuring exclusive footage and interviews with Juliet Stevenson and Natalie Abrahami.

The Departure is inspired by Benedict Andrews’ hugely successful production of A Streetcar Named Desire which played at the Young Vic 23 July – 19 September 2014. Gillian Anderson received much praise for her performance as Blanche Du Bois, a role she will reprise in the film.  She said “The Departure imagines the circumstances leading up to Blanche arriving at her sister’s house in New Orleans, a sort of prequel to Tennessee Williams’ great play. I am thrilled that, with the support of the Young Vic, Andrew and I have had the opportunity to delve further into the life of this iconic character and create something which can be seen by audiences across the globe.”

The Departure also features Bruce Alexander, Suzanne Bertish and Rollo Skinner and will be available on the Guardian and Young Vic websites in the near future. Take a look at the stunning behind the scenes images from the film shoot here.

The Departure

Photo by David Sandison

The Departure
A film by Gillian Anderson
Written by Andrew O’Hagan
Directed by Gillian Anderson

Young Vic Shorts are a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions. They offer artists working with the theatre a unique creative opportunity to reach a large international audience online. The most recent Young Vic short was Columbite Tantalite, written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and inspired by Aimé Césaire’s masterpiece A Season in the Congo.

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

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!

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.