Hugo Weaving to Star In Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the STC

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The Sydney Theatre company announced its 2012 schedule today, and it turns out that Hugo Weaving, who just completed a US engagement of Uncle Vanya for the STC, will star in another of their productions much sooner than expected: he’ll team up with frequent theatrical costar Pamela Rabe in the notorious Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton’s play based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Rabe has previously costarred with Weaving in Much Ado About Nothing and God of Carnage; Hugo portrayed the Vicompte de Valmont once before, back in 1987. I think that he’s much closer to the right age for the character now. Performances begin on 31 March and continue through early June, meaning this is likely Hugo’s next project once Cloud Atals wraps. No word yet on whether or not it will be reprised in america (or Europe)… certainly a lot ofpeople would love to see that happen. 😉

Here’s the STC’s description of the production, from their website:

“Unaware of the impending revolution that breathlessly waits to devour the French
aristocracy in all its decadence, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de
Valmont plot an elaborate game of revenge, seduction, humiliation and cruelty.
It is a salon amusement that soon escalates into a brutal battle between former
lovers. Sex and love are the weapons of choice and these combatants will stoop
to the lowest levels of deviousness in order to win. Their crossfire is
indiscriminate, making casualties of friends and foes alike.

Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe will play the charismatic duo who manipulate with the precision and discipline of master puppeteers, deriving a pleasure from their spite that
can only be surpassed by the pleasure of watching the deliciously wicked pair in
action.

The sexual politics at work in this gripping drama are as
relevant now as when Laclos wrote the novel in 1782 and when Christopher Hampton
adapted it for the stage in 1985. Avoiding the lavish clichés often associated
with the period, this new production directed by Griffin Theatre Company’s
Artistic Director, Sam Strong, will acid-wash a familiar story, stripping it
back to its essential layers in the intimacy of the Wharf 1 Theatre.”

Tickets are already on sale to STC season subscribers.

Meanwhile, Hugo continues work on Cloud Atlas, presumably in Edinburgh. No word yet on precisely how Halle Berry’s recent injury will alter the shooting schedule, but those who’ve read the novel (and those who’ve studied the Glasgow photos of the filming) will note that Berry’s character suffers a near miss involving a speeding car (which is being driven by a nefarious individual played by… well… you know). 😉 Her injury could eaily be written into the script, at least for this segment, and there are enough other plots and characters in play that certainly filming can move forward without a need for recasting or risking Berry’s recovery.

Meanwhile, here are two photos of Hugo on the Babelsburg Studios set of Cloud Atlas in Berlin; these were taken on 30 August, before the Scotland shoot began. Thanks to for the notification. 🙂

These came from the German website Troy Magazin.  The bulk of Cloud Atlas will be filmed at Babelsberg through December, with location filming in Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh) and Mallorca, Spain.

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