Blanchett to Direct Year of Magical Thinking and Star in War of the Roses in Sydney

News   Blanchett to Direct Year of Magical Thinking and Star in War of the Roses in Sydney Cate Blanchett will direct The Year of Magical Thinking and star in a two-part The War of the Roses at the Sydney Theatre Company. The season will also feature David Hare's The Vertical Hour and Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll.

Blanchett and (husband) playwright Andrew Upton have announced their first season as the new artistic directors of the Australian stage company.

The 2008 season (subject to change) follows:

 

 

  • David Hare's The Vertical Hour (Feb. 9-March 22, 2008)
    Julian Meyrick directs Victoria Longley and Pip Miller.  

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  • Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking (March 25-May 4, 2008) Blanchett directs Robyn Nevin.  

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  • Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll (April 11-May 10, 2008)
    Simon Phillips directs Genevieve Picot and William Zappa.  

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  • Daniel Keene's The Serpent's Teeth (April 19-May 24, 2008)
    Pamela Rabe and Tim Maddock directs the STC Actors Company.  

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  • Tony McNamara's The Great (May 31-July 13, 2008)
    Peter Evans directs Ben Guerens, Robin McLeavy and Toby Schmitz.  

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  • Nigel Jamieson's Gallipoli (July 25-Aug. 23, 2008)
    Jamieson directs the STC Actors Company and third year acting students of NIDA.  

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  • Stephen Carleton's The Narcissist (Aug. 28-Oct. 4, 2008)
    Ian Lawson directs Jonathan Brand, Sandro Colarelli, Judy Hainsworth, Andrea Moor and James Stewart.  

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  • Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright's The Women of Troy (Sept. 16-Oct. 19, 2008)
    (adapted from the Euripides play)
    Kosky directs Melita Jurisic and Robyn Nevin.  

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  • Stephen Jeffreys' The Convict's Opera (Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2008)
    (adapted from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera)
    Max Stafford-Clark directs Noni Hazlehurst. Felix Cross composes.  

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  • John Doyle's Pig Iron People (Oct. 27-Nov. 29, 2008)
    Max Cullen appears.  

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  • Nina Raine's Rabbit (Nov. 22, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009)
    Brendan Cowell directs Toby Schmitz. Available as an add-on for the season will be:

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  • William Shakespeare's The War of the Roses Part 1 (Jan 5-Feb. 14, 2009)
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  • William Shakespeare's The War of the Roses Part 2 (Jan. 6-Feb. 14, 2009)
    (Adapted by Tom Wright and Benedict Andrews)
    Andrews directs the STC Actors Company and Cate Blanchett. Blanchett — who starred in Hedda Gabler at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music — is known worldwide for her film work in "Elizabeth," "Babel," "Veronica Guerin," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and her Academy Award-winning turn in "The Aviator." She was again Oscar-nominated for her work in the Patrick Marber-penned "Notes on a Scandal"; her recent film credits include "The Good German" and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." A Sydney Theatre Company veteran, she appeared in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and David Mamet's Oleanna. She also appeared on the London stage in David Hare's Plenty.

    Blanchett and her writer-husband Andrew Upton will become the new artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company at the end of 2007. The duo recently directed the STC double-bill of Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska (Blanchett's directorial debut) and David Mamet's Reunion (Upton) at the venue. Blanchett will next stage David Harrower's Blackbird (starting Dec. 15).

    Upton provided the translation for the Hedda Gabler in which his wife starred. He also adapted Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac and (with Marion Potts) Molière's Don Juan for the company. His original works include The Hanging Man, Death and Taxes and Gatt The Fax. Sydney Theatre Company currently presents his Riflemind (through Dec. 8) with Philip Seymour Hoffman directing star Hugo Weaving.

    The full 2008 season lineup can be found on the STC website at sydneytheatre.com.au.