Normal People star Paul Mescal, just nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in the film Aftersun, will reprise the role of Stanley Kowalski when the Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire transfers to the West End.
Directed by Rebecca Frecknall (Cabaret), the production will play a six-week engagement at the Phoenix Theatre beginning March 20 and continuing through April 29.
Also reprising their roles from the Almeida will be Olivier winner Patsy Ferran (Summer & Smoke) as Blanche Du Bois, Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts) as Stella Kowalski, and Dwane Walcott (One Night in Miami, Our Girl) as Harold "Mitch" Mitchell.
In the Williams classic, when Blanche unexpectedly visits her estranged sister Stella, she brings with her a past that will threaten their future. As Stella’s husband Stanley stalks closer to the truth, Blanche's fragile world begins to fracture.
Mescal said in a statement, “I’m incredibly excited that Streetcar is being transferred to the West End with this formidable cast and creative team, led by the exceptionally talented Rebecca Frecknall. It’s my favorite play and it’s wonderful to be able to share it with a wider audience.”
The production also has set design by Madeleine Girling, costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Peter Rice, music by composer Angus MacRae, and casting by Julia Horan.
A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in December 1947, playing 855 performances before closing in December 1949. Directed by Elia Kazan, the original company boasted Jessica Tandy as Blanche, Marlon Brando as Stanley, and Kim Hunter as Stella.
The Almeida staging officially opened December 20, 2022, and runs through February 4.