Oscar Winner Blanchett Injured During Australian Streetcar

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Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, who is currently playing Blance DuBois in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, was injured during the Sept. 2 performance.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

The New York Times reports that during a fight scene with Joel Edgerton, who plays Stanley, Blanchett was struck by a prop radio that was held by her co-star. Although she had blood on her neck and head, Blanchett continued with the scene. Shortly thereafter, the house lights came on, and the performance was canceled. Tim McKeough, a spokesman for the theatre company, told the Times that the actress is "absolutely fine." Blanchett is expected to resume performances Sept. 3.

A Streetcar Named Desire premiered on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in Dec. 1947, playing 855 performances before closing in Dec. 1949. Directed by Elia Kazan, the original company boasted Jessica Tandy as Blanche, Marlon Brando as Stanley and Kim Hunter as Stella. The most recent Broadway revival — in 2005 at Studio 54 — starred John C. Reilly, the late Natasha Richardson and Amy Ryan.

Cate Blanchett won the Academy Award for her performance in "The Aviator"; she was also Oscar-nominated for her work in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "I'm Not There," "Notes on a Scandal" and "Elizabeth." The actress starred in Hedda Gabler at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, and her acting credits at the Syndey Theatre Company include productions of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and David Mamet's Oleanna. Blanchett also appeared on the London stage in David Hare's Plenty.

For more information visit sydneytheatre.com.au.

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