Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster Join Gillian Anderson in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Young Vic This Summer

May 8
7:36 PM 2014
Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster Join Gillian Anderson in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Young Vic This Summer

The Daily Mail writes that Vanessa Kirby will star as 'Stella' and Ben Foster will play her husband 'Stanley Kowalski' opposite Gillian Anderson as 'Blanche DuBois' in Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, beginning at the Young Vic on July 23 and running through September 6, 2014. Benedict Andrews directs.

Read the original report here.

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, STREETCAR follows the tension between Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

Williams' 1947 play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. It opened on Broadway in 1947, helmed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy, who won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. A London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano and Vivien Leigh, directed by Laurence Olivier. The 1951 film adaptation, also directed by kazan, won four Academy Awards.

Anderson rocketed to international TV fame as THE X-FILES' Special Agent Dana Scully. She has also appeared on the big screen in The House of Mirth, The Mighty Celt, The Last King of Scotland and two X-Files movies: The X-Files and The-X-Files: I Want to Believe, as well as the TV series Bleak House, The Fall -- which was renewed for a second series -- and most recently, Hannibal. Her upcoming film projects include The Curse of The Buxom Strumpet, Sold and Our Robot Overlords.

Kirby last appeared onstage in last year's Edward II at the National Theatre and was also seen as 'Masha' in 2012's Three Sisters at the Young Vic. Among her other stage outings are The Acid Test at the Royal Court, the National's Women Beware Women, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ghosts and All My Sons at the Octagon Theatre. She will next be seen on the big screen in Kill Command, Jupiter Ascending, Queen and Country, Everest and Bone In The Throat.

Foster starred on Broadway last year in Orphans and will next appear as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' upcoming biopic. Among his recent film credits are Lone Survivor, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Kill Your Darlings, North of South, West of East and more.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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