The film won three out of a possible four Oscars in the acting categories, although – surprisingly, given how well-known his interpretation has become – Brando was the one who lost out. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Lars Eidinger (Stanley). There’s a sense of camaraderie, they’re pushing each other.”, It sounds like he pushes them, too. 28.04.2009, Berlin / Germany. Personally, I think I do very well-made productions; I’m interested in good acting and getting close to the truth of the play. Andrews was immediately sold on Anderson, but finding other cast-members took a while. Williams’s invented “poetic realism”: a style grounded in the rough vernacular of New Orleans, but also rich with symbolism, as beautifully constructed as Blanche’s fine gold dresses. This compelling version of the Russian classic by renowned Australian director Benedict Andrews premiered at the Young Vic on 8 … “You have to have three unstable chemicals coming into contact, there just has to be a” – he snaps his fingers – “sexual kick between them, or you end up with one of these toothless-tiger productions.”, So, how is the sexual chemistry in the rehearsal room? Starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, Elia Kazan’s film adaptation followed on from his successful Broadway production and used much of the same cast – though Jessica Tandy had been the original Blanche. 'A Streetcar Named Desire', directed by Benedict Andrews. 'A Streetcar Named Desire', directed by Benedict Andrews. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Your Lightboxes will appear here when you have created some. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. He spliced Shakespeare’s history plays into one epic 10-hour production, The War of the Roses, for Sydney Theatre Company, which included Cate Blanchett delivering Richard II as a monologue under a shower of gold confetti. Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby in rehearsal with Andrews, Director - Benedict Andrews during rehearsals at the Young Vic Theatre. In his new book How I Learnt to Act (Currency Press), he retraces his unusual path to an acting career and his tips for budding performers. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. But for others, Andrews excels in providing fresh journeys into the core of great plays. The second episode of the fourth series of The Simpsons, entitled “A Streetcar Named Marge”, sees Marge win the part of Blanche after auditioning for a fictional musical version of the play, Oh, Streetcar! “It is the play’s astonishing genius that every moment of it [mixes] the mythic and the everyday,” enthuses Andrews. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. We meet Ben Gerrard (Patrick Bateman) and hear the cast perform. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Disaster, deception, meaningless self-sacrifice – in Chekhov’s heartbreaking masterpiece, each new twist of fate sees the sisters’ control over their destiny slip away. “I’m sure at times it will be frustrating, but by taking that gamble you offer another way into the heart of the play, rather than assuming if we make a copy of reality that’ll get us in – that’s bullshit.”. Andrews has directed Streetcar before – in Berlin in 2009, translated into German, and also with a spinning stage. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. As ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ gets a radical overhaul from director Benedict Andrews, Holly Williams climbs aboard, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Alamy and its logo are trademarks of Alamy Ltd. and are registered in certain countries. Anderson is obviously in the fan camp: “Everything makes sense in his productions – there’s nothing gratuitous. The acclaimed production stars Gillian Anderson as Williams' tormented Southern belle, Blanche DuBois. The mythic is one space of theatre, and the tangible is another – and Stanley might represent that more animal presence and Blanche the more illusory presence.”, The language itself also has this double quality. This time, Andrews is dealing with Williams’s poetic language in its original form – in German, it was “much uglier” he concedes – while, unlike in Berlin, all the props mentioned in the text will appear on stage. His STC production of Jean Genet 's The Maids (with Cate Blanchett , Elizabeth Debicki and Isabelle Huppert ) was played as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. “It’s a gamble,” acknowledges Andrews. “I thought Stella was a grounded, earthy person, and then all these demons came up – she’s a sex-and-love addict, actually.” “You just let go, and fall into his embrace of the project,” says Anderson. BENEDICT ANDREWS Cinema Seberg Una Theatre 2008-2018 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof A Streetcar Named Desire The Maids Macbeth Three Sisters Every Breath Groß … Enter your log in email address and we'll send you a link to reset your password. BENEDICT ANDREWS Cinema Seberg Una Theatre 2008-2018 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof A Streetcar Named Desire The Maids Macbeth Three Sisters Every Breath Groß … “He’s a perfectionist, but he’s also a conductor – he sees it musically, he scores the drama.” Kirby played Masha in Three Sisters, and recalls the whole cast worrying that “the table thing” wasn’t going to work – but this time, she has “blind faith”. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. By clicking OK, you are confirming that this image is only to be used for the rights in the existing license. All the Streetcars he’s seen tricked out in lavish period detail have been dead, he says: less realistic than twee, bogged down in a fetishised, romantic view of 1940s New Orleans. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? As ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ gets a radical overhaul from director Benedict Andrews, Holly Williams climbs aboard Benedict Andrews gives Blanche and Stanley a twist in Streetcar Benedict Andrews’ new production of A Streetcar Named Desire opened at the Young Vic last month to rave reviews. The photo may only be used for editorial purposes, commercial use is not permitted. Download Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire (49.53 MB), now streaming for a limited time on YouTube, The deep roots and spreading branches of Indigenous performance, How OzAsia's director went from chook farmer to change maker. “[But] I certainly don’t pick up a text and say ‘oh, what can I do to it?’ I pick it up because I love it. But it was also, well, because he was asked to: Anderson had long wanted to play Blanche, and had seen his previous British productions – surreal German drama Gross und Klein with Cate Blanchett and that exhilarating Three Sisters, both in 2012. 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So, out goes the usual jazz soundtrack and in comes rock by P J Harvey and Swans; out go vintage frocks and in come modern designer labels; out go period wallpapered walls, and in comes a cage-like structure reminiscent of Francis Bacon paintings …. You cannot download or purchase for any new licenses. Benedict joins us from his home in Iceland, and we unpack the play's key themes with students studying Streetcar at Aberfoyle Park High School in Adelaide's south. But he is determined not to treat it as a museum piece. It has previously been bought for a multiple re-use license which is still valid. “In Three Sisters, audiences were laughing and crying; they weren’t saying ‘why is Nirvana playing?’ – that’s what critics would say. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? “He demands bold choices,” says Kirby. Working internationally, in opera as well as theatre, he’s pitched Caligula into a sports stadium and produced Chekhov’s Three Sisters on a stage of tables that were gradually removed from around the actors, leaving the sisters stranded on a Beckettian earth mound. We are bringing out the simplicity and truth of what Tennessee Williams has written. Set to a jazz-infused score by Call the Midwife composer Peter Salem, the production was a hit with both critics and public – and it is set to return to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre in March 2015.