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

All set for a scene change

As Trevor Nunn tells David Lister about his plans for the National Theatre,

'Lost' play by Tennessee Williams discovered by Vanessa Redgrave

A never-performed play by the great American playwright Tennessee Williams has been rescued by the actress Vanessa Redgrave. It will be given its world premiere at the National Theatre in London next spring.

OBITUARY : Gabriel Figueroa

When the Mexican film La Perla ("The Pearl") opened in New York in 1948, the critic of Cue magazine was moved to describe the film as "so beautiful in its imagery, so enthralling in the poetry and rhythm of its marvellously composed scores, that it sets a new high standard for all motion picture photography". The photographer in question, described by the critic as "one of the world's great photographers", was Gabriel Figueroa, a brilliant craftsman who, with The Pearl's director Emilio Fernandez, is generally considered responsible for establishing Mexican films as a leading force in world cinema.

Review: Theatre; Out Cry Lyric Hammersmith, London

Siblings in arms

THEATRE: Tiger Tail; The Drum, Plymouth

'If it's a good idea in the first place, it's likely to be a good idea in the second place," so said the French playwright Robert Pinget. Not so with Tiger Tail, a reworking of the Baby Doll film script, itself an amalgamation of four one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to begin with.

The reality myth and miss

Paul Taylor on the rarely sighted `Cymbeline' and `Camino Real' at Stratford

Books: The Birmingham ghost

Duncan Fallowell goes in search of a traveller who covered his tracks

A Streetcar without much desire

Relying on the kindness of audiences: Jessica Lange fails to live up to the hype in Peter Hall's `A Streetcar Named Desire'; THEATRE

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Watching Wally die: Books

Michael Arditti is moved by a study of love and loss

the site. Lange to star in West End 'Desire'

Hollywood star Jessica Lange will make her West End debut as Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, it was confirmed yesterday. In the role that Vivien Leigh made her own in the classic 1951 film, Lange, 46, will act opposite Toby Stephens, son of Maggie Smith and of the late Sir Robert Stephens, as Stanley Kowalski.

The new Page

Last week, Anthony Page's `A Doll's House' opened to rave reviews, a welcome return to form for the director after years in the limbo of trashy US television. By David Benedict

Obituary: Rose Williams

The troubled life of Rose Williams haunts the works of her brother Tennessee. Like a faded Southern belle eternally deserted, she is the model for the withdrawn, disabled "Laura Wingfield" who seeks refuge in her collection of glass animals in The Glass Menagerie. Her brother Tom declares, "Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!"
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