STC to tour with “The Present”, starring Cate and Richard Roxburgh

The Daily Mail reports that Cate has said that the Sydney Theatre Company is planning on taking “The Present” to the UK and US after its run in Sydney. Nothing is set in stone yet though..

Read everything, and what she said about Eddie Redmayne, here:

Cate Blanchett enjoyed bestowing Eddie Redmayne with his Best Actor Oscar — though she hasn’t forgotten the names he called her when they first worked together.

‘I think he used the “whore” word,’ Blanchett told me, her eyes twinkling with mischief and merriment at the Oscar Governors Ball.

‘I’ve never forgiven him!’ she joked about their on-screen encounter in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, when she was the Virgin Queen and he Anthony Babington.

In fact, the number of leading ladies who offered testimony about Redmayne was quite staggering. They included Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, who had an incestuous relationship with him in the movie Savage Grace; Scarlett Johansson, who worked with him on The Other Boleyn Girl; and Felicity Jones, who portrayed Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane in The Theory Of Everything. And I liked that Redmayne was so genuinely gracious about Jones during his Academy Award acceptance speech.

Blanchett has a few movies coming out this year, including the Disney extravaganza Cinderella; Carol, an exploration of sexual identity; and Truth, in which she portrays a former producer on the American news show 60 Minutes, with Robert Redford appearing as CBS anchorman Dan Rather.

But Blanchett told me she’s taking a break from the big screen to star in her husband Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s unfinished play, known variously as Platonov, Wild Honey or — in the case of this production, running at the Sydney Theatre Company in August for seven weeks — The Present.

The double Oscar winner said she hopes she and leading man Richard Roxburgh will tour, possibly to the U.S. and London, though nothing has been sorted yet.



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