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National Theatre at Home Streams A Streetcar Named Desire for Free via YouTube May 21 – 28

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • May 19, 2020

The National Theatre in the UK has created National Theatre at Home, a free streaming service that provides access to content online to serve audiences in their homes. Audiences around the world can stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Coming up on May 21st through May 28, it will stream the Young Vic / Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Directed by Benedict Andrews, it will start streaming at 7:00 p.m. BST / 2:00 p.m. EDT on May 21st, it runs 3 hours and 25 minutes with a very short interval. Here’s a link to a preview of A Streetcar Named Desire:

Young Vic / National Theatre at Home: A Streetcar Named Desire
I don’t want realism. I want magic! Gillian Anderson plays Blanche DuBois with Ben Foster as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. This critically acclaimed production was filmed live on stage at the Young Vic in 2014 by National Theatre Live. It had a BBFC rating 15 when released in cinema. Contains scenes featuring sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The Creative Team for A Streetcar Named Desire includes: Director Benedict Andrews; Scenic Designer Magda Willi; Costume Designer Victoria Behr; Lighting Designer Jon Clark; Sound Designer Paul Arditti; and Music: Alex Baranowski.

The National Theatre—like theatres around the world—is facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. They launched National Theatre at Home free of charge. Should viewers wish to make a donation to support the National Theatre, there is a public appeal on our home page:

Further information from the National Theatre:

Ben Foster and Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Young Vic. Photo by Johan Persson

“Our ambition at the National Theatre is to create work, which is challenging, entertaining, and inspiring and we’re committed to continuing that through these difficult times,” Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive said. “I’m thrilled that we’re able to fulfil this ambition in a different way through our collaboration with YouTube. I am exceptionally proud of the team at the National Theatre for working so hard to create National Theatre at Home and also to the rights holders who have been so supportive of this new initiative allowing us to bring theatre to households right across the world. We have delved into the National Theatre Live archive and curated a program that’s varied from comedy to new dramas to classics so there is something for everyone to enjoy from their own homes. We will be streaming each production at the same time each week in order to recreate, where possible, the communal viewing experience and we hope this will be an opportunity for people to share their enjoyment together online.”


Christina Matteotti, Head of Music and Culture Partnerships, EMEA said, “During this incredibly difficult time, we are so glad that institutions like the National Theatre are using the platform to share treasured cultural content with the UK and global communities who are facing self-isolation. Technology can bring the cultural and creative world inside your home. We look forward to seeing how National Theatre at Home on YouTube delights the community and provides a chance to continue to learn.”



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