News from Spalding’s South Holland Centre
We recently reported a highly welcomed shoehorning in the programme of a broadcast from London’s Young Vic of Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ – which we were offered after our Autumn brochure had gone to print.
The broadsheet theatre critics continue to be wowed by Benedict Andrew’s revival of the 1947 classic, set in the present day and starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster.
Charles Spencer of The Telegraph wrote: “I staggered out of this shattering production of Tennessee Williams’s bruising modern classic feeling shaken, stirred and close to tears.
“Never have I seen a production of the play that was so raw in its emotion, so violent and so deeply upsetting.”
He continued: “The acting is superb, with Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career as Blanche DuBois. The show lasts three and a half hours, but there isn’t a moment when the tension slackens or attention lapses. It is an absolute knock-out.”
Meanwhile, awarding the production a five star review, Susannah Clapp of The Guardian said: “Benedict Andrews’ version steams off the stage with pain, excitement and clamour.
“Ben Foster’s Stanley is a terrific tattooed bruiser who roars like a goaded bull... still, the evening belongs to Anderson, who makes each phase of the DuBois disintegration her own. Her collapse is spectacular: a terror of blotched lipstick and flying petticoats. Her departure is a masterclass in how to make audiences weep.”
So, be prepared: plan in a few pre-screening leg stretches, pre-order your drinks at the first floor café bar, and bring a tissue – you are now all set for a night to remember!
‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ carries a certificate 12A and will be broadcast at the South Holland Centre on Tuesday, September 30 at 7pm. Tickets £13, £11.50 concessions.