Un Tramway

Based on »A Streetcar Named Desire« by Tennessee Williams

German Premiere
Premiere 4 February 2010, Théâtre de l’Odéon, Paris

Un Tramway. Isabelle Huppert and Yann Collette

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  • 2 h 35 min, without interval
  • In French with German surtitles

Past Dates

Sun 21 November approx. 23:00, Upper Foyer
Audience discussion with Isabelle Huppert and Krzysztof Warlikowski

Un Tramway is the succinct title of the new interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire staged by Polish star director Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Paris Théâtre de l’Odéon. This version of the text – a new translation by the French Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad – focuses firmly on the psyche of Blanche DuBois and incorporates a wealth of literary and dramatic references from Oscar Wilde to Sophocles. Stripped of all local Southern detail, the tragedy becomes a multimedia event taking place within a highly stylized transparent stage design. Isabelle Huppert is brilliant in the role of the destitute teacher who is passionate about art but has failed at life, seeking shelter with her sister Stella and her raw, uneducated husband Stanley Kowalski. Her Blanche, the ruler of a fantasy world divorced from her surroundings who oscillates between coquettish vamp and downtrodden creature until she eventually loses her dignity and her mind, becomes an utterly contemporary character.


Directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski
French Text Wajdi Mouawad
Adaptation Krzysztof Warlikowski
Collaboration Piotr Gruszczynski, Wajdi Mouawad
Dramaturgy Piotr Gruszczynski
Stage and Costume Design Małgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting Design Felice Ross
Music Pawel Mykietyn
Video Denis Guéguin

With Isabelle Huppert, Andrzej Chyra, Florence Thomassin, Yann Collette, Renate Jett, Cristián Soto

Production Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe Paris, Nowy Teatr Warschau, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Comédie de Genève, Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Holland Festival Amsterdam, spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele, MC2: Grenoble, Hellenic Festival