Curve today announces the full cast for Tennessee Williams' seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire which opens Nikolai Foster's inaugural season as Artistic Director. Foster directs Charlie Brooks as Blanche and Stewart Clarke as Stanley. Also joining the company are Dakota Blue Richards (Stella), Sandy Foster (Eunice), Patrick Knowles (Mitch), Natasha Magigi (Nurse/African American Woman), Mark Peachey (Steve), Nick Read (Young Collector/Doctor and Juan Pablo Yepez (Pablo). The production opens on 20 October, with previews from 16 October, and runs until 8 November.

"Whoever you are - I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

New Orleans. 1930s. Blanche arrives at her sister's tiny apartment in the lively French Quarter, her world falling apart and haunted by the loss of the family's luxurious Southern mansion. With broken dreams and a desperate desire to cling on to her freedom, Blanche seeks comfort from her sister, Stella. But as tensions - and passions - rise, Blanche finds herself thrown into a catastrophic confrontation with Stella's husband Stanley.

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama was one of the most influential plays of the twentieth century. Exploring the beauty, fragility and loneliness of the human experience, this production is set to be a highlight of Leicester Curve's autumn season.

A Streetcar Named Desire defined Tennessee Williams' (1911 - 1983) reputation as one of the greatest American playwrights, winning him a Pulitzer Prize. His principal works include The Glass Menagerie (New York Critics' Circle Award), The Rose Tattoo (Tony Award for Best Play), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer Prize), Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth, Orpheus Descending and the Night of the Iguana (New York Critics' Circle Award).

Charlie Brooks plays Blanche Du Bois, reuniting her with Nikolai Foster following the Curve production of Beautiful Thing. Other theatre credits include (Park Theatre), Our Country's Good (Liverpool Playhouse), Dangerous Corner (Windsor Theatre Royal), The Play That I Wrote (UK tour) and Office Games (Pleasance Theatre). For television her credits include as series regular Janine Butcher in EastEnders, Suspects, The Dumping Ground, Wired, Robin Hood, Love Soup, Angel of Death, Bleakhouse, Golden Hour and Ward 4; and for film, Take Three Girls.

Stewart Clarke plays Stanley. For theatre his credits include Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Ghost (UK tour), Loserville (Garrick Theatre) Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Beauty and the Beast, The History Boys, Dr Faustus, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Spring Awakening (Warwick Arts Centre) and Sweeney Todd (National Youth Music Theatre); and for film, Easy Virtue.

Sandy Foster plays Eunice. Her theatre credits include Oppenheimer, Days of Significance and The Shoemakers Holiday (Royal Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange), Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre), Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith), and The Killing Moon (Theatre 503). For television her credits include The Dumping Ground and The Kerry and Lu Show; and for film, Mr Turner, Muse of Fire and What You Will.

Patrick Knowles plays Mitch. His theatre credits include Saturday Night Sunday Morning (Mercury Theatre), Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre), In Quest of Conscience and Northerners (Finborough Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (Mercury Theatre), Gates of Gold (Manchester Library Theatre) and Paradise Regained (Royal Court Theatre). For television his credits include Murder On The Home Front, New Tricks, Apparitions, Mutual Friends and Lewis; and for film, Deny Everything and Pelican Blood.

Natasha Magigi plays Nurse /African American Woman. Her theatre credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Monument For A Witness (London Theatre of Imagination), Globe Sonnet Walks and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe). For television her credits include Afterlife; and for film, End of Life Care and The System - Caught Up In The Mix.

Mark Peachey returns to Curve to play Steve. He previously appeared in Richard III. Other theatre work includes The Lion King (UK tour), The Prince of the Pagodas (Royal Opera House), Mr Stink (UK tour), The Gruffalo (Duchess Theatre), The Tempest (Young Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (Bloomsbury Theatre and tour), Stuart Little (UK tour) and Plague of Innocence (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); and for film, One Minutes.

Nick Read plays Young Collector/Doctor. He has been a member of Curve Young Company since 2012 and has previously appeared in Curve productions of The Tempest, as Sideway in Our County's Good and most recently as Richmond in Nikolai Foster's Richard III.

Dakota Blue Richards plays Stella. Her theatre credits include Arcadia (English Touring Theatre). For television, her credits include Lightfields, Skins (as series regular Franky Fitzgerald) and Dustbin Baby; and for film, Chicklit, The Fold, The Golden Compass, The Secret of Moonacre and Five Miles Out.

Juan Pablo Yepez plays Pablo. His theatre credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (LSTFI New York City), The Bear (LSTFI New York City), Baby Doll (Marilyn Monroe Theatre) and Death of a Salesman (Mc Cormack Theatre). For television his credits include The Royals and The Coroner; and for film The Veil, Dead Cool, The Programme, Allegra and Beyond the Ropes.

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