Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire by the Scottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells

17:27 02 May 2012

Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet's production of A Streetcar Named Desire

Archant

Scottish Ballet’s powerful version of A Streetcar Named Desire perfectly captures Tennessee Williams’s tragic tale.

Despite the lack of dialogue, the production adeptly tells the story of fallen southern belle Blanche DuBois, who after suffering a number of misfortunes – including the death of her husband, the loss of her family home and her public shaming as a harlot – travels to New Orleans to stay with her sister Stella and unpredictable brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

It is brilliantly choreographed and beautifully performed, with all the key events perfectly translated into dance. The performers convey their characters effortlessly through their movements, Stanley’s confident swagger contrasting with the jittery, tentative gestures of Blanche.

The jazz-influenced score, by Peter Salem, evokes the sultry New Orleans, while blocks are inventively moved, linked, piled up and knocked down to suggest the changing scene.

Some of the large set-pieces are fantastically imaginative, particularly the bowling competition and the gloomy journey in the streetcar of the title, which transports Blanche to Stella and her fateful clash with the volatile Stanley.

It’s mesmerising stuff, and so well-told there’s no need to know the story or the words of the original.

* The Scottish Ballet’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire was at Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1, from Thursday, April 26, until Saturday, April 28

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 12:50
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:10
Police are advising members of the public not to approach John McClintock and contact officers immediately if they see him (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 26-year-old man who absconded from a bail hostel in Richmond yesterday.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:17
The Isufi family, from left back, mum Meri, daughter Ramela, dad Erion, son Richard and youngest son Clive (front)

A vast gathering of friends and neighbours stood outside the Barking home of a family torn apart by a car crash to pay their tributes to them today.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more