Gillian Anderson made a name for herself as the foil to David Duchovny’s conspiracy-minded FBI agent in the sci-fi series The X-Files, but the actress got her start in theater. Throughout her career Anderson has appeared on stage in productions in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Now Anderson has taken on her biggest stage role yet. She is currently depicting main character Blanche DuBois in a London production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Benedict Andrews. The plays run ends next week, but even those who can’t make it to London in the next week will get a chance to see the 46-year-old Anderson’s Blanche shed her pretentious veneer.
Fathom Events and National Theatre Live will be broadcasting the play live on movie screens throughout the world. The event will take place next week, on September 16. The showings will last for three hours, including one intermission.
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Ben Foster co-stars with Anderson as Stanley, Blanche’s brother-in-law and rival. Foster first made waves as an awkward bisexual artist in the HBO show Six Feet Under. From there he gained larger roles in movies such as X-Men: The Last Stand, 3:10 To Yuma, and 30 Days of Night. More recently he portrayed William Burroughs in last year’s Kill Your Darlings.
Vanessa Kirby rounds out the cast as Blanche’s sister Stella. Kirby might be best-known outside of her stage work for appearances in movies such as About Time and Queen and Country
This particular production of A Streetcar Named Desire is set in present-day New Orleans. Reviews of the play have been good and reveal that Andrews has used a continuously revolving stage to give audience members a shifting perspective on events. The Guardian’s review in particular singled out Anderson as “utterly compelling.”