A REVIVAL of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire takes to the Oxford stage this month.
In a co-production by Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Theatr Clwyd and English Touring Theatre, the show is staged at the Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 12.
A Street Car Named Desire is the story of Blanche, who turns up to live with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley.
But anxious, seductive and fiercely clever Blanche is hiding secrets and is just about keeping it together.
Blanche’s arrival also threatens Stanley’s entire way of life and as the summer heats up, and the games turn savage, a burning desire threatens to tear their world apart.
This revival is set against the backdrop of modern day New Orleans, and features music composed by jazz musician Nubya Garcia.
With the recent #MeToo movement, and relationships between men and women and toxic masculinity largely in the public consciousness, Tennessee Williams’ script continues to be timely and relevant.
Ahead of its arrival in Oxford, director Chelsea Walker, winner of the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director, took time out to chat.
She said: “I’ve not directed a ‘classic’ play before, but Streetcar feels alive and kicking and young and muscular.
“It speaks to me because of the way it explores toxic masculinity and the pressures we place on women.
“Williams uses it to rage against a community’s complicity in a stream of violence against women, and that couldn’t be more relevant to the conversations we’re having this year.
“For me, Streetcar is Blanche’s story – and Tennessee takes us inside her head. I’ve always been interested in how we can help an audience access her as a character, and understand the journey that she’s on.
“The play treads a line between realism and expressionism, and I’ve pushed the expressionism to help the audience stay with Blanche.”
Tickets start at £10 and are available from the ticket office on 01865 305305 or book online via oxfordplayhouse.com