British actors are displeased with the casting for Trevor Nunn's upcoming revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, according to a report in the Times today. Three out of the four lead roles in the NT production, which starts performances in the Lyttelton next month, are taken by foreign actors, not least American screen star Glenn Close, who plays Blanche Dubois. That on the back of other recent productions, such as the recent South Pacific headed by Australian Philip Quast and American Lauren Kennedy, has UK actors' union Equity concerned. They have called for a meeting with Nunn to discuss giving more consideration to British actors, 80% of whom are unemployed at any time. Martin Brown of Equity told the newspaper that for a publicly subsidised theatre, "it's inappropriate to have three of four leads from overseas" and, while he doesn't want Streetcar cancelled, he wants to encourage the National "not to go down that road in the future". An NT spokesperson said the bigger issue was the ongoing exchange between American and British Equity; the emphasis, she said, should be on relaxing restrictions across the Atlantic (allowing more Brits to work in the US, which has been notoriously difficult) rather than tightening them here.