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'A Streetcar Named Desire' on screen Sunday

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Blanche DuBois (Gillian Anderson) in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Contributed

A Streetcar Named Desire is the hottest theatre ticket of 2014.

Over the last 40 years, the Young Vic, a London-based theatre company, has established a powerful and growing reputation as a major force where young directors can develop and practise their art. The company's most popular production to date, A Streetcar Named Desire, will be shown through the National Theatre series this Sunday, November 2, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex.

In the enduring tale, Blanche DuBois is a fading - though still attractive - woman who clings to high-toned customs of decorum. Her pretensions thinly mask her alcoholism and delusions of grandeur. Her poised persona is a mask from her reality. As her fragile world crumbles Blanche turns to her sister Stella, but fate brings her face-to -face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

The play stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC's Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.

Critics agree that this production is sensational and the acting superb, with Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career as Blanche DuBois. Equally compelling is the staging set in a modern-day New Orleans, a far cry from the play's original setting in 1947.

A Streetcar Named Desire is best known as the 1951 American film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams and holds the distinction of garnering Academy Awards for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh (Best Actress), Karl Malden (Best Supporting Actor) and Kim Hunter (Best Supporting Actress). Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski but, although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor.

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Brando's performance has since been cited as one of the most influential performances in the history of American cinema and has been widely credited for being one of the first performances to introduce method acting to Hollywood moviegoers.

The National Theatre, NT in London, is one of the UK's most prominent publicly funded theatre companies. The theatre presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other international classic drama, and new plays by contemporary playwrights. The series continues as below:

Skylight (Sunday, November 23, 11:30 a.m.)

Of Mice and Men (Sunday, December 7, 11:30 a.m.

JOHN (Sunday, January 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m.)

Treasure Island (Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m.)

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.