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Scottish Ballet A Streetcar Named Desire

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Two dancers stand in a hallway. The male dancer looks strong and is holding the female dancer's wrist. She is reaching away.

Take the streetcar on a sizzling journey to New Orleans as you’ve never seen it before.

This astonishing take on Tennessee Williams’ famous play is narrative ballet at its very best, with stunning dance, devastating drama, pitch-perfect period design and a sizzling score used to tell the iconic story.

Scottish Ballet’s hugely popular, award-winning production of A Streetcar Named Desire returns to London for the first time since 2015 and following their sell-out run of Coppélia in 2023.

In steamy 1940s New Orleans, fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella’s apartment. Stella’s brutish husband Stanley sees that Blanche is not what she appears to be, and sets out to destroy her…

Scottish Ballet’s stylish production breathes new life into the classic tale, with graceful waltzes at the DuBois family home, electrifying lindy jives in a Louisiana nightclub, and intense duets in the caged heat of Stella and Stanley’s apartment.

Directed by Nancy Meckler and choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, with set and costume designs by Nicola Turner, and score by Peter Salem (The Crucible) performed live by members of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. A Streetcar Named Desire is presented through special arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee and is supported by Tour Partner Rathbones Investment Management.

Winners of Outstanding Achievement In Dance at the UK Theatre Awards 2023 and Outstanding Company at the National Dance Awards 2023, Scottish Ballet is not to be missed.

Image description: Two dancers – Blanche and Stanley – stand in front of a plain orange wall with a naked bulb shining bright between them. The male dancer is standing with his back to the camera. He is wearing a white sleeveless top and brown trousers. His arm muscles are very obvious and he looks powerful. He is looking to the right at a female dancer and is holding her wrist. She is wearing a peach coloured dress which is soft and flowing. She is looking at the male dancer but reaching in the opposite direction as if she is trying to pull her wrist away.

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Get close to the action with Scottish Ballet’s company class

As the Scottish Ballet’s performers prepare for A Streetcar Named Desire, you can get closer Scotland’s national dance company and watch company class onstage at Sadler’s Wells. Followed by A Q&A with members of the company, this is a glimpse into the daily life of a dancer.

11:30am, Saturday 18 May. It costs just £10, book here.
To access bookings, you’ll be prompted to become a Scottish Ballet Free Friend (it’s just that – free!)

“a punchy and very grown-up piece of entertainment that does Williams’ masterpiece full justice, repeatedly tugging at the heart-strings even as it shreds the nerves”

“this is Scottish Ballet at its blistering, impactful best”★★★★★ THE HERALD

“Stylistically bold, cleverly told and beautifully danced, A Streetcar Named Desire is, once again, Scottish Ballet at its finest”

“Magnificent”★★★★★ THE STAGE

“contemporary narrative ballet at its very best”★★★★★ ARTS DESK

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