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A Streetcar Named Desire extends by two weeks

Casting update

A STREETCAR Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson as faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, has extended its run at the Young Vic by two weeks – to September 19, 2014. Tickets for this new booking period go on sale on Wednesday, July 16 at 10am.

The Young Vic has also announced it will run a “day seat lottery” for every performance. Names will be taken at the box office in person at 5pm with winners announced at 5.30pm for each evening’s performance (1pm and 1.30pm for matinee performances).

All tickets in the lottery will cost £20 with £10 concession for under 26s. Two tickets can be won per person.

Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which runs at the Young Vic (Main House) from July 23 to September 6, 2014.

Joining the previously announced Gillian Anderson (The X Files, What the Night Is For, A Doll’s House) as Blanche DuBois will be Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Ben Foster (as Stanley), Nicholas Gecks, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson, Vanessa Kirby (as Stella) and Claire Prempeh.

Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire focuses on faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who visits her sister Stella and Stella’s brutish and sensual husband Stanley Kowalski, with devastating consequences.

A Streetcar Named Desire was last seen in London – at the Donmar Warehouse – in 2009, when Rachel Weisz played Blanche. And in 1951, the film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, won four Academy Awards.

Vanessa Kirby previously appeared alongside Gillian Anderson in the BBC’s adaptation of Great Expectations, which also starred Ray Winstone and Douglas Booth. Her stage credits include the 2011 première of Anya Reiss’ The Acid Test (Royal Court Theatre), Masha in Three Sisters (Young Vic) and Isabella in Edward II (National Theatre).

Ben Foster, who made his stage debut in 2013 when he took over from Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans, has appeared in films such as Get Over It, X-Men: The Last Stand and Alpha Dog. He also had a recurring role in the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

A Streetcar Named Desire will be directed by Benedict Andrews, whose Three Sisters won the 2012 Critics’ Circle Best Director Award, with design by Magda Willi, costumes by Victoria Behr, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Alex Baranowski.