A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Announces Full Cast

Published Wed, 2 November 2022

The Almeida Theatre in London reveals full casting for the staging of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire.

The revival will run at the Almeida Theatre from 10 December, with an opening night on 20 December, and performances until 4 February 2023.

The story follows Blanche du Bois as she relocates to the New Orleans home of her younger sister and brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Unable to cope with life's harsh realities, Blanche turns to her sister for solace.

The cast is starring BAFTA-winner Paul Mescal as Stanley, a role famously played by Marlon Brando in the original 1947 Broadway production. Mescal will be accompanied by Lydia Wilson as Blanche, Anjana Vasan as Stella and Dwane Walcott as Mitch.

Other recently announced cast members are: Eduardo Ackerman making his professional stage debut, Janet Etuk (I, Joan), Ralph Davis (The Tempest), Gabriela García (Royal Exchange), Tom Penn (Midnight Movie) and Jabez Sykes (Rock / Paper / Scissors).

Rebecca Fracknall is back to the Almeida after directing the acclaimed 2018 production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, which transferred from the Almeida to the West End. One of her earlier works is the multi-Olivier Award-winning West End production of Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in London.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said:

“Our Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall made her name with her extraordinary award-winning production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke and now she’s taking on another Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire with a blindingly good cast.”

The set design is done by Madeleine Girling, costumes by Merle Hensel, lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Peter Rice, composition by Angus MacRae, and casting by Julia Horan CDG.

A Streetcar Named Desire plays from 10 December 2022 to 4 February 2023 at the Almeida.