Streetcar revving up Wigan crowds

Wigan Little Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named Desire
Wigan Little Theatre's production of A Streetcar Named Desire

A STEAMY romance set in New Orleans is gripping Wigan audiences.

For a production of Tennessee Williams’s challenging classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire has now hit the local stage.

The play, being performed at Wigan Little Theatre until Saturday, February 25, tells the story of Blanche DuBois, who comes to live in the slums of Elysian Fields, with her sister Stella, and Stella’s husband Stanley Kowalski.

Blanche enrages Stanley by her airs and affectations, her reminiscences about her genteel past and her open distaste for his coarse vitality.

When he discovers that all her refinement is a mere façade, he destroys Blanche’s only hope of salvation: to marry his friend Mitch.

Bridget Patmore is taking on the central role of Blanche, with strong support from Erinna Delaney (Stella), Andrew Blake (Stanley) and Paul Dawson (Mitch).

Other roles are taken by Dave Johnson, Sue Hilton, Stephen Johnson, John McCabe, Elaine Delaney, and newcomer Liam Heaver.

Tracey Dawson says she is thrilled to be directing this tender, yet powerful play, not only a favourite of hers personally, but also a landmark of 20th century theatre.

She added: “There have been numerous productions of this story over the years – most notably the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.”

A Streetcar Named Desire starts each evening at 7.30pm,excluding Sunday.

The box office is open weekday nights between 7pm to 9pm. Telephone 01942 242561 or visit in person. Patrons can book for any of the season’s shows.

They can also book online at any time by visiting the website www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk