Blanchett and Upton Re-Up as Artistic Directors for Sydney Theatre Co.

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Stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett and her writer-husband Andrew Upton will continue on as artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company through 2013.
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton Photo by Sydney Theatre Company

Blanchett and Upton, who currently serve as artistic directors took on the three-year gig in 2008 and have now signed up for several additional seasons, according to The New York Times.

Blanchett — who starred in the STC revival of A Streetcar Named Desire that just played New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music — is known worldwide for her film work in "Elizabeth," the Patrick Marber-penned "Notes on a Scandal," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and her Academy Award-winning turn in "The Aviator." A Sydney Theatre Company veteran, she has appeared in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and David Mamet's Oleanna at the venue.

Upton provided the translation for the Hedda Gabler that his wife starred in at Sydney and in New York. He has also adapted Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac and (with Marion Potts) Molière's Don Juan for the company. His original work includes The Hanging Man, Death and Taxes and Gatt The Fax. He has also penned the screenplays for "Bangers," "Blue Eyes," "Foucault's Pendulum," "Gone" and "Duplicate Keys."

The duo will take part in the STC current season: Upton will stage the forthcoming June 29-Aug. 1 run of Long Day's Journey Into Night starring William Hurt and Robyn Nevin. Blanchett will star in the Nov. 9-Dec. 23 run of Uncle Vanya opposite Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving. They have also enlisted Steven Soderbergh to direct Tot Mom (which runs through Feb. 7) and Philip Seymour Hoffman to direct True West (Oct. 27-Dec. 12).

Upton and Blanchett succeeded Robyn Nevin at STC at the end of 2007. The couple announced at that time that they would continue to act and write with the company, saying in a release "As a team we come to the role as joint artistic directors first and foremost as an actress and a playwright. Both of us are passionate about the theatrical artform in all its mad variety." For more information, visit

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