Fresh from directing the award-winning production of Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club in London, Rebecca Frecknall is directing Tennessee Williams’ powerful drama A Streetcar Named Desire.
And the casting is pretty exciting! BAFTA-winner Paul Mescal, who was a sensation in BBC drama Normal People, stars as Stanley, alongside Lydia Wilson (The Duchess of Malfi) as Blanche, Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts) as Stella and Dwane Walcott (Machinal) as Mitch.
A Streetcar Named Desire plays from 10 December 2022 to 4 February 2023 at the Almeida.
Fracknall returns to the Almeida after directing Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke at the theatre, and in the West End, in 2018.
Other highlights of the Almeida season include Tammy Faye, a new musical from Elton John, Jake Shears and James Graham, starring Katie Brayben, Andrew Rannells and Zubin Varla; Lulu Raczka’s new play Women, Beware the Devil; and the UK premiere of The Secret Life of Bees musical.
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: “Our Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall made her name with her extraordinary award-winning production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke and now she’s taking on another Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire with a blindingly good cast.”
Almeida shows transferring into the West End later this year and into 2023, include The Doctor starring Juliet Stevenson, which starts its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in September; and Peter Morgan’s Patriots starring Tom Hollander, which starts at the Noel Coward Theatre in May 2023.