Arts and Entertainment

X-Files star Gillian Anderson is returning to the London stage to play Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Book review: PAPERBACKS

Roger Fishbite

Going Out: Theatre - ... AND BEYOND

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Theatre: Fever pitch

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE MERCURY THEATRE COLCHESTER

Edinburgh Festival '99: Fringe - Theatre

THEATRE 5 O'Clock Angel Cafe Royal, Venue 47 (0131-556 2549) 11.15am till 30 Aug

Edinburgh Festival: Free Fringe Tickets

Tickets are available to the first Independent readers to take a copy of today's paper to the box-office of the venues listed below.

Dance: Saloon dregs

SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS THE PLEASANCE LONDON

Few surprises in this last chance saloon

First Night Small Craft Warnings Pleasance Theatre London

Obituary: Elspeth March

ELSPETH MARCH was one of a golden generation of Central School of Speech and Drama students trained under the rigorous and inspiring Elsie Fogerty - Laurence Olivier, amongst others, always stressed Fogerty's contribution to the British stage.

THEATRE REVIEWS

Roberto Zucco

Arts: Theatre: Too much, too soon

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER; COMEDY THEATRE, LONDON

First Night: Southern Gothic fails to deliver

Suddenly Last Summer

Theatre: Woman on the verge of a telephone call

THIS CRITIC would queue to see Amanda Harris perform the shipping forecast. Indeed, there were moments during Take the Fire when I began to think it would have been preferable. The evening consists of four monologues by Jean Cocteau, in whose works the charlatan and the genius tantalisingly weave and dart. Unfortunately, when he composed these, the genius seems to have been en vacances.

Film Studies: After half a century, it's time to stroke Elia's mane

Elia Kazan is only months short of 90 now, and he no longer has the savage grin that once shone out of his famously ugly, yet compelling, face. Still, I doubt if any illness will prevent him being in Los Angeles on 21 March when he is set - at last - to receive his honorary Oscar for life achievement. He wouldn't miss the chance to hear his old enemies howl again. And there is no greater argument with these Oscars than whether he should even be there.

Can everybody hear me?

`Antony and Cleopatra' fell foul of the National Theatre's acoustics. Now Trevor Nunn is ready to make a noise with `Troilus and Cressida'. He talks to Stephen Fay

Preview; First call

Rachel Weisz (above), hot new British starlet, follows in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor, who used her tremulous sexual presence to great effect in the movie version of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer. Back then, Katherine Hepburn played the fearsome mother, a role now inhabited by the great Sheila Gish. She has performed in countless productions of Williams's plays - notably in A Streetcar Named Desire. The pairing of Gish and Weisz in this typically torrid, macabre tale of a mother's bitter quest to avenge the death of her son, is a positively mouthwatering prospect.
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