Scottish Ballet delves into the deep south

Eve Mutso as Blanche and Tama Barry as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Graham Wylie.
Eve Mutso as Blanche and Tama Barry as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Graham Wylie.

TENNESSEE Williams’ most famous play is given the classical treatment this week, courtesy of Scottish Ballet.

The smoky, sensual New Orleans streets of A Streetcar Named Desire are transferred to the ballet stage – but the tale remains the same.

Fading southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella’s home, and immediately clashes with her brutish, suspicious brother-in-law Stanley.

Some may be familiar with the 1951 film version, starring Vivien Leigh as the wilting beauty and Marlon Brando as the man out to expose her tall tales.

The original is a jazz-soaked story, and the score used by Scottish Ballet is true to form, written by composer Peter Salem to mark the 65th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

As ever, it’s a risky business to meddle with the form of a well-loved piece, but the company promise “a powerful infusion of drama and dance”, and this particular play may lend itself well to getting up close and personal with ballet.

A Streetcar Named Desire from tonight (Thursday) until Saturday at the Theatre Royal. Tickets, £14.50, from 0844 871 7647