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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Tickets for A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams at the Royal Exchange Theatre

I don't want realism. I want magic!

In the New Orleans house of Stanley and Stella Kowalski, a visitor arrives. Debt has sunk the family home in Mississippi and Stella’s fragile sister Blanche is coming to stay.

As the summer heat floats up from the sidewalk and the liquor gets poured, Blanche invades her sister’s marriage and ignites a dark and violent conflict with the brooding and bullish Stanley.

Associate Artist Maxine Peake takes on the iconic role of Blanche DuBois, a woman living on stories of a glamorous past but frightened of what the future might hold.

Reunited with Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, following their critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet and The Skriker, the pair take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece.

"This is an earthquake of a play that lays bare the extremes and contradictions of being human: desire and love, truth and delusion, hope and despair. I’m thrilled that this production will build on my creative collaboration with Maxine Peake. She’s a rare and fearless actor. I am positive we will create something electrifying for our intimate and unique space." Sarah Frankcom, Director

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