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Gillian Anderson-led Streetcar Named Desire coming to New York

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New York doesn’t want realism. New York wants magic. New York wants Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The acclaimed Young Vic production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, starring Anderson as Blanche and Ben Foster as Stanley, will make its American premiere at nonprofit Off Broadway theater St. Ann’s Warehouse, the theater announced on Tuesday. The show will run from April 23 to May 22, 2016. 

Directed by Benedict Andrews and performed in the round, the production debuted in London last summer to rave reviews—especially for Anderson, whose devastating turn earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress. The Telegraph called it “the performance of her career.” 

No surprise, since Anderson says that she’s been pulled to the character for years. “I didn’t actually know what the draw was till I’d had a chance to jump into her skin,” she told The Guardian earlier this year. “It just became one of those things. I felt if I got to the end of my life and had not done it, I would have failed myself in some way.”

Let’s just hope it doesn’t take the kindness of strangers to score a ticket.

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