Theatre – A Streetcar Named Desire
There are few things more exhilarating than a familiar classic reborn, as with the Young Vic’s 2014 take on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which saw Australian director Benedict Andrews set the action on a queasily spinning revolve and starred Gillian Anderson as a singular Blanche Dubois, whose initial haughty self-possession made her subsequent breakdown all the more devastating. If you missed it in London and New York, you can now stream it until next Thursday on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel, where it is the latest archive production to be screened in its At Home Season. And if you like what you see why not make a donation to the Young Vic or the National Theatre while you’re at it?
Another London venue that desperately needs support is Shakespeare’s Globe, the historic venue on the capital’s South Bank, which this week became the latest venue to announce it was on the verge of financial collapse as a result of the theatre shutdown. In order to support it, you can rent or buy 100 of its archive productions. (HM)