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A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennesse Williams

10 - 13 December 1997
Studio Theatre, Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton


Production No. 295

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PROGRAMME NOTES
Rob Kendall, director


Directing A Streetcar Named Desire, one can allow the actors to run away with the histrionics or anger of the piece but it is the more subtle twists and turns of the emotions of the main characters that make it good dramatic theatre.

Of all the Tennesse Williams plays, Streetcar is probably best known for its film version with Marlon Brando as Stanley and Vivien Leigh as Blanche. It was also successfully staged in Boston and New York in 1947 when it ran for 855 performances.

The play opens with Blanche arriving at Stella's apartment in Elysian Fields, the run down French quarter of New Orleans and, from the very beginning, she finds fault with "this horrible place". Blanche has, however, very little choice but to impose herself on her sister and her husband, Stanley, when she reveals that she has "lost" Belle Reve, their plantation home on the Mississippi.

As the ghosts from Blanche‘s past in Laural and the Hotel Flamingo, along with her enjoyment of a "shot" of drink begin to invade on her present, there is a gradual disintegration of Blanche's grasp on her own fictions and the harsh reality of life that she is a woman who "made the discovery - love. All at once and much, much too completely".

Tony Kirkland as Stanley and Janice Shortland as Blanche.

Cast & Crew

Woman Denise Swann
Eunice Hubbell
Vicki Kelly
Stanley Kowalski
Tony Kirkland
Harold Mitchell
Andrew Cook
Stella Kowalski
Emma Austin
Blanche Du Bois
Janice Shortland
Sailor
Michael Grindley
Steve Hubbell
David Ashton
Pablo Gonzales
Mark Allibon
Flower Seller
Denise Swann
Young Collector
Michael Grindley
Doctor
John Hendy
Nurse
Denise Swann

Director Rob Kendall
Stage Manager
Clare Brittain
Assistant Stage Manager
Julie Phipps
Prompt
Mary Greaves
Costumes
Clare Brittain, Alison Dunmore
Sound John Hendy
Lighting
John Hendy, Richard Walker
Front of House
Greta Hendy
Programme Design
Four Seasons Graphics

           
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