Normal People's Paul Mescal to appear at the Almeida

Words by
Andy Morris

24th August 2022

In a new production of Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire, one name in particular stood out. 

Paul Mescal, the chain-wearing heartthrob from Normal People is set to appear on stage in London this December.

Following her “spellbinding” (Financial Times) production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall takes on another Tennessee Williams masterpiece.

When Blanche unexpectedly visits her estranged sister Stella, she brings with her a past that will threaten their future. As Stella’s husband Stanley stalks closer to the truth, Blanche's fragile world begins to fracture. Reality and illusion collide and a violent conflict changes their lives forever.

Lydia Wilson (The Duchess of Malfi) returns to the Almeida to play Blanche, with the BAFTA-winning Paul Mescal (Normal People) as Stanley, and Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts) as Stella.

Rebecca Frecknall directs her first production at the Almeida since her multi-Olivier Award-winning production of Cabaret.