In it, Glenn Close plays Blanche du Bois, who (like her character, Norma Desmond, in Lloyd Webber's musical of Sunset Boulevard) is a woman past her prime and with a relatively weak hold on reality. Mentally troubled and sexually needy, Blanche comes from a genteel Southern family that has fallen on hard times.
As a result, she has to move in with her sister, Stella, who has married beneath her and lives with her brutish, sexy husband in a poor quarter of New Orleans. When Blanche's world and that of her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski (Ian Glen) collide, the result is devastating.
A Streetcar Named Desire plays at the National's Olivier Theatre until Nov. 23.