English Touring Theatre announce A Streetcar Named Desire 2018 tour
We are delighted to announce that our spring 2018 co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Theatr Clwyd, supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust, will be Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The production will be directed by Chelsea Walker, Winner of the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award.
‘A Streetcar Named Desire remains one of the most electric and seminal plays of twentieth century. I am delighted that we will be sharing this bold revival, directed by the brilliant Chelsea Walker, with our audiences on tour.’
Richard Twyman, Artistic Director, ETT.
The production will open at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (23-31 March) and then tour to Theatre By the Lake (3-7 April), Malvern Theatres (10-14 April), Bristol Old Vic (17-21 April ), New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich (24-28 April), Cambridge Arts Theatre (1-5 May), Oxford Playhouse (8-12 May) and Theatr Clywd (15 May-2 June)before returning to Nuffield Southampton Theatres (5-16 June).
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Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983) was one of the greatest American playwrights. His principal works include A Streetcar Named Desire (Pulitzer Prize), The Glass Menagerie (New York Critics’ Circle Award), The Rose Tattoo (Tony Award for Best Play), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer Prize), Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth, Orpheus Descending and the Night of the Iguana (New York Critics’ Circle Award).
Chelsea Walker directed the first major revival of Low Level Panic by Clare McIntyre at the Orange Tree earlier this year. Her previous directing credits include P’yongyang by In-Sook Chappell and Chicken Dust by Ben Weatherill (Finborough Theatre), Klippies by Jess Sian (Southwark Playhouse) and Lean by Isley Lynn (Tristan Bates). She has also assistant directed on Wild by Mike Bartlett (Hampstead Theatre), Routes by Rachel de-lahay (Royal Court), and The Little Mermaid, adapted by Joel Horwood (Bristol Old Vic). She was a runner up in the JMK Young Directors’ Award 2016, is a director on the Old Vic 12, and is a script reader for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The RTST operates an annual award scheme for up-and-coming theatre directors: the RTST Director Award Scheme. The Scheme provides a rare opportunity for an up-and-coming director to direct a fully-funded production of a play as part of a main season of productions at a British regional theatre. The RTST Director Award Scheme is designed for the benefit of directors who have already built up a track record of professional directing experience and who are ready for the opportunity provided by the Scheme to progress to directing a production in the main house, or a comparably high-profile auditorium, of a regional theatre.
The Scheme involves a collaboration between the RTST and a regional theatre selected by the RTST. The RTST makes a significant grant to the participating regional theatre to be applied towards the costs of the Award winner’s production. It is a condition of the grant that the regional theatre facilitates the implementation of the Scheme and the realisation of that production.