Written in 1947 and premiered in London in 1949, Tennessee Williams' tragedy pits pathetic Blanche against brutish Stanley Kowalksi, with Stanley's beleaguered wife, Stella, caught in the middle.
As a film actress, Lange has received six Oscar nominations; she won Best Actress for Blue Skies and Best Supporting Actress for Tootsie. She made her Broadway debut in Streetcar, opposite the Stanley of Alec Baldwin. They appeared together in the CBS television version of that stage production.
Appearing with Lange in London will be Toby Stephens as Stanley, Imogen Stubbs as Stella, Christian Burgess as poker buddy Mitch, and Sandra Dickinson as Mrs. Hubbel. William Dudley designed the set, Simon Corder the lighting.
Imogen Stubbs, an RSC actress, has played Desdemona opposite Sir Ian McKellen. Toby Stephens' credits at the RSC include the title role in Coriolanus (1994), for which he won the Gielgud Award for best actor. Christian Burgess has appeared in The Oedipus Plays at the Royal National and Misfits at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Sandra Dickinson has appeared in the long-running Ray Cooney farce, It Runs In The Family. Previews for A Streetcar Named Desire begin Dec. 18. For tickets (L10-L30) and information call 0171-930-8800.
--By David Lefkowitz