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A Streetcar Named Desire

A BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisation
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Anne-Marie Duff stars as Blanche DuBois in BBC Radio 3's landmark production of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece.

Tennessee Williams' iconic play tells the story of a catastrophic confrontation between fantasy and reality, embodied in the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her explosive brother-in-law, Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking havoc on Stella and Stanley's already turbulent relationship....

Embodying the turmoil and drama of a changing nation, A Streetcar Named Desire strips Williams' tortured characters of their illusions, leaving a wake of destruction in their path.

Tennessee Williams' 1947 drama is one of the most loved and well-known stage plays of the 20th century. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1948, and the 1951 film adaptation picked up four Oscars. In this compelling radio dramatisation, Blanche is played by Olivier Award-winning actress Anne-Marie Duff, with a stellar cast including Matthew Needham as Stanley and Pippa Bennett-Warner as Stella.

Cast:
Blanche: Anne-Marie Duff
Stella: Pippa Bennett-Warner
Stanley: Matthew Needham
Mitch: John Heffernan
Steve: David Sturzaker
Eunice: Sarah Ridgeway
Pablo: John Dougal
Mexican Woman: Leila Arias
Collector: Tom Forrister
Nurse: Georgie Glen

Dramatised by Sarah Churchwell.

Produced and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-18

Not for A Level students

This is a great production/dramatisation but some lines are cut or are rearranged from my Heinemann published edition, so I would not recommend it to A level students looking to study from this version, but nonetheless it has helped to refresh my memory of the storyline and play in general

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  • Chris N.
  • 21-11-18

Good performance Great play

Engrossing psychological drama.
Audience Sympathies twisted
and turned.
Echoes in the mind well after listening.

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  • hfoth
  • 14-10-19

Well performed but so dated now

Though still a popular choice as a stage play, it feels dated and so very of its time compared to Ibsen's play ' A dolls house,' which is still very contamporary and was written 70 years earlier.