Ben Foster to Make London Stage Debut in A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic; Further Casting Announced

By Mark Shenton
09 May 2014

Ben Foster
Ben Foster
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Ben Foster will make his London stage debut in a new production of Tennessee Williams' A Streeetcar Named Desire, beginning performances July 23 prior to an official opening July 28 at the Young Vic Theatre for a run that is booking through Sept. 6.

Foster will play Stanley Kowalski, joining the previously announced Gillian Anderson, who will play Blanche du Bois, in a production that will be directed by Benedict Andrews.

Also in the cast is Vanessa Kirby as Stella, Blanche's sister who is married to Stanley. The cast also includes Clare Burt, Lachele Carl, Branwell Donaghey, Otto Farrant, Nicholas Gecks, Stephanie Jacob, Corey Johnson and Claire Prempah.

Foster made his Broadway debut last year in a revival of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans, opposite Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. He will soon be seen in the lead role of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ film about the infamous cyclist, due to be released in U.K. cinemas later this year, and has just finished filming "Warcraft." He made his film debut playing the lead in Barry Levinson’s film "Liberty Heights," and has subsequently been seen in "The Messenger," "360," "Alpha Dog," "Here," "Contraband," "X-Men: the Last Stand," "Lone Survivor," "Kill Your Darlings" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."



Kirby returns to the Young Vic after playing Masha in Benedict Andrews’ production of Three Sisters. On TV she appeared as Estella in the BBC adaptation of "Great Expectations," which also starred Gillian Anderson, and as Ruth Elms in the BBC2 series "The Hour."

A Streetcar Named Desire is a Young Vic and Joshua Andrews co-production. It has designs by Magda Willi, costumes by Victoria Behr, sound by Paul Arditti, music by Alex Baranowski and lighting by Jon Clark.

The current run is sold out, but day seats will be available for every performance from 10 AM each day. For further details, contact 020 7922 2922 or visit www.youngvic.org.