January 20, 2012

Egyptian Queen

It's been reported first by the Sydney Morning Herald that last week acclaimed British theatre director, Declan Donnellan spearheaded a 2 day (Th & Fri) workshop of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra at the Sydney Theatre Company. This scoop has also been picked up by The Australian and the UK's The Guardian. In this workshop, Richard Roxburgh played Anthony opposite Cate Blanchett's Cleopatra! What a casting feat!

According to SMH, the play is being considered for STC's 2013 Season. If the production pushes through, this would be Ms. Blanchett's swansong as she and husband Andrew Upton are handing over the reins as Artistic Directors of The Sydney Theatre Company at the end of 2013.

Incidentally, Ms. Blanchett recently won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in Leading Role of a Mainstage Production for her work in Gross Und Klein last Monday Jan. 16, 2012.

(photo from STC)

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