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


Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks takes on Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece: a gripping and brutal examination of society in transformation.

Nikki Shiels (Sunday, The Picture of Dorian Gray) steps into one of the great roles of the stage: Blanche DuBois, the Southern belle whose shifting fortunes land her on the doorstep of her sister Stella and husband Stanley. Blanche guards a dark secret that fans the flames of an already incendiary marriage, and its revelation will set the town ablaze.

One of the most critically acclaimed plays of the twentieth century, A Streetcar Named Desire has lost none of its power to provoke and beguile. In revisiting this monumental landmark Sarks and her team – including Michelle Lim Davidson (Torch The Place) and Mark Leonard Winter (Birdland) – will unearth a wealth of rich meanings that only resonate more loudly with the conversations being had across the world today.

From the disfiguring pressure of public expectation to the crippling weight of social roles, this contemporary epic 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
by Vision Australia
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
Michelle Lim Davidson

Michelle Lim Davidson



Nikki Shiels


Mark Leonard Winter

Mark Leonard Winter


Artwork for Anne-Louise Sarks

Anne-Louise Sarks


Mel Page

Mel Page

Set & Costume Designer

Artwork for Joe Paradise Lui

Joe Paradise Lui

Assistant Director


Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Voice & Dialect Coach


100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004