A Streetcar Named Desire

9 Jul — 17 Aug 2024

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks takes on Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece, starring Nikki Shiels as Blanche DuBois.


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‘An infinitely rich play.’

The New York Times
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‘Nikki Shiels is utterly captivating.’

The Blurb on Sunday


Nikki Shiels (Sunday, The Picture of Dorian Gray) steps into one of the great roles of the stage: Blanche DuBois. 

The Southern belle grapples with her shattered dreams and inner demons as she seeks refuge in the cramped apartment of her sister Stella (The Newsreader's Michelle Lim Davidson), and her volatile brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski (The Dressmaker's Mark Leonard Winter). Tensions escalate and dark secrets fan the flames of an already incendiary marriage. The delicate balance of power within the household teeters on the brink of collapse, exposing the vulnerability of the human condition.

Experience the raw intensity of Tennessee Williams's classic masterpiece – one of the most critically acclaimed plays of the twentieth century – reimagined by Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks. Set against the backdrop of a 1940s New Orleans, yet pulsing with contemporary energy, A Streetcar Named Desire's timeless exploration of aggression, desire and deception is testament to theatre’s enduring power to hold up a mirror and ask us what we see.



  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Relaxed Performance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Closed Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 27 July at 2pm
Tuesday 30 July at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
at venue
Saturday 27 July at 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 3 August at 2pm
Closed Captioning
via GoTheatrical App
Saturday 3 August at 2pm
Auslan Interpreted
by Auslan Stage Left
Tuesday 6 August at 6.30pm
Relaxed Performance Wednesday 14 August at 2pm
Artwork for Gabriella Barbagallo

Gabriella Barbagallo

Gee Gee / Nurse

Artwork for Kaya Byrne

Kaya Byrne

Young Collector / Doctor

Michelle Lim Davidson

Michelle Lim Davidson


Artwork for Stephen Lopez

Stephen Lopez


Steve Mouzakis

Steve Mouzakis


Artwork for Veronica Pena Negrette

Veronica Pena Negrette

Flower Seller


Nikki Shiels


Katherine Tonkin

Katherine Tonkin


Mark Leonard Winter

Mark Leonard Winter


Artwork for Gareth Yuen

Gareth Yuen


Artwork for Anne-Louise Sarks

Anne-Louise Sarks


Mel Page

Mel Page

Set & Costume Designer

Niklas Pajanti

Niklas Pajanti

Lighting Designer


Stefan Gregory


Artwork for Amy Cater

Amy Cater

Intimacy Coordinator


Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach

Nigel Poulton

Nigel Poulton

Fight Director

Nigel Poulton is an award-winning movement director, fight and intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA/MEAA stunt performer and actor with over 25 years of professional experience. Nigel’s choreography credits include Finnish National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Washington Opera Company, Opera Australia, Circus Oz, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Belvoir, La Boite and Kooemba Jdarra. Nigel’s film and television work includes DeadlockNautilus, Poker FaceThor: Love and ThunderEscape from SpiderheadDing Dong You’re Gay, Occupation 2, Pirates of the Caribbean V, Deadline Gallipoli, The Water Diviner, The Bourne Legacy, Vikingdom and Winter’s Tale. Nigel is a certified Intimacy Director/Coordinator with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and has been awarded Fight Master status with the Society of American Fight Directors. Nigel is also a certified Fight Director and past President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc and an Honorary Fight Director with Fight Directors Canada.

Current as of March 2023.

Artwork for Joe Paradise Lui

Joe Paradise Lui

Assistant Director

Artwork for Bianca  Pardo

Bianca Pardo

Assistant Set & Costume Designer


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