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National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire (2014)

180 min | Drama

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her ...See moreSet in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella's (Blanche's sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. This, she claims, is the result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve. Suspicious, Stanley points out that "under Louisiana's Napoleonic code what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband." Stanley, a sinewy and brutish man, is as territorial as a panther. He tells Blanche he doesn't like to be swindled and demands to see the bill of sale. This encounter defines Stanley and Blanche's relationship. They are opposing camps and Stella is caught in no-man's-land. But Stanley and Stella are deeply in love. Blanche's efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. When Mitch - a card-playing buddy of Stanley's - arrives on the scene, Blanche begins to see a way out of her predicament. Mitch, himself alone in the world, reveres Blanche as a beautiful and refined woman. Yet, as rumors of Blanche's past in Laurel begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable. Written by Mark Fleetwood See less
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Sep 16, 2014 (United States)

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Gillian Anderson
Blanche DuBois Blanche DuBois   See fewer
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Clare Burt
Eunice Hubbell Eunice Hubbell   See fewer
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Lachele Carl
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Branwell Donaghey
Steve Hubbell Steve Hubbell   See fewer
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Otto Farrant
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Ben Foster
Stanley Kowalski Stanley Kowalski   See fewer
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Troy Glasgow
Pablo Gonzales Pablo Gonzales   See fewer
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Harold Mitchell Harold Mitchell   See fewer
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Vanessa Kirby
Stella Kowalski Stella Kowalski   See fewer
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8.7 / 10 | 247 votes