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Sex Education star Gillian Anderson will appear in the National Theatre At Home screening of A Streetcar Named Desire

Star of Netflix's Sex Education, Gillian Anderson, will appear in the latest production being screened for free by the National Theatre.

Gillian, who shot to fame as Scully in the 90s show The X-Files, and more recently has become well known as Jean Milburn in the Netflix show, will be seen as Blanche in Tennessee Williams' timeless masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche DuBois Picture: Johan Persson/National Theatre Live
Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche DuBois Picture: Johan Persson/National Theatre Live

The show, directed by Benedict Andrews, was captured live from the Young Vic theatre in 2014 for National Theatre Live and was, and still is, the fastest-selling production in Young Vic history.

It tells the story of Blanche, whose fragile world crumbles, and she turns to her sister Stella (Vanessa Kirby) before coming face to face with the brutal and unforgiving Stanley Kowalski (Ben Foster).

The story was also made famous by the 1951 film which starred Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh.

A Streetcar Named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams Picture: Johan Persson
A Streetcar Named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams Picture: Johan Persson

The broadcast will be made on Thursday, May 21 at 7pm, and is part of the theatre's lockdown initiative bringing much-loved National Theatre Live productions to its YouTube channel for free.

Each production is then available on demand for seven days.

Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche Picture: Johan Persson
Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche Picture: Johan Persson

Recent broadcasts include Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy, Fleabag with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo,

Watch a trailer of A Streetcar Named Desire here:

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