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News Uncle Vanya, Starring Cate Blanchett, Will Play NYC
The Sydney Theatre Company's production of Uncle Vanya, which was seen this past summer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will play a limited engagement in Manhattan in summer 2012.

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh Photo by Lisa Tomasetti

The New York Times reports that the production, which co-stars Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, will play New York City Center July 19-28. The engagement is part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Directed by renowned Chekhov interpreter Tamás Ascher, the Kennedy Center cast featured John Bell as Serebryakov,  Blanchett as Yelena, Sandy Gore as Maria, Hayley McElhinney as Sonya, Anthony Phelan as Telegin, Richard Roxburgh as Vanya, Andrew Tighe as a laborer, Jacki Weaver as Marina and Weaving as Astrov.

This adaptation of the Chekhov classic was penned by Andrew Upton. The production premiered in Australia at Sydney Theatre in November 2010.

"On a dilapidated, remote farm Uncle Vanya (Richard Roxburgh) and his niece Sonya (Hayley McElhinney) have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov (John Bell) and his wife Yelena (Cate Blanchett) have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption," according to press notes. "Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov (Hugo Weaving) are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunch time — now it is procrastinated until dusk — work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan."

The production also featured set design by Zsolt Khell, costume design by Györgyi Szakács, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and music and sound design by Paul Charlier.

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