STC’S Uncle Vanya To Play in NYC July 2012, Mr McGee

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This breaking news was just posted to the New York Times Arts Blog about an hour ago, so details are spare as yet, but this is major, so I’ll repost the whole thing as written:

December 18, 2011, 2:44 pm
A New York Stop for Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Uncle Vanya

By James C. McKinley Jr

New Yorkers will have a chance to see the Sydney Theater Company’s celebrated production of Uncle with Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving next summer. The production, which received rave reviews when it appeared last August at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, will be presented at City Center from July 19 through July 28 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, a festival spokeswoman, Eileen McMahon, said. Ms. Blanchett plays Yelena, and Mr. Weaving plays Astrov in the farcical-yet-heartbreaking production, which was staged by the Hungarian director Tamas Ascher. Ms. Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton, provided the actors a new English translation of Chekov’s in 1897 play in Russian.”

Fans in the New york vicinity will probably want to bookmark Lincoln Center’s web page right now, though details about next year’s Festival haven’t yet been added to the site. (It will be formally announced in January, and you can sign up for email updates now.) This is only a ten day run, so tickets might be even harder to come by (and more expensive) than they were in Washington DC. But if you didn’t see the production there or in Sydney– I highly recommend it. It’s one of the most transcendent theatrical experiences I’ve ever had, and Hugo shows much more much more humanity, dimension and (yes) sex appeal as Astrov than any of his high-profile American roles have permitted. The blurb above doesn’t specify whether the rest of the excellent cast (including Richard Roxburgh, Jacki Weaver and Hayley McElhinney) will be back too. The Twittersphere is already lit up with the news.. the one down side will be that it probably means US residents won’t be able to see a US reprise of Hugo playing the Vicomte du Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which he’ll star in back home in Sydney next April. So Hugo seems to be refocusing on theatre next year, though he’ll also have two rather prominent films opening fall/winter too. 😉


The Sydney premiere of Uncle Vanya, 12 November 2010; Cast are (left to right): Andrew Tighe, Anthony Phelan, John Bell, Sandy Gore, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Jacki Weaver, Richard Roxburgh and Hayley McElhinney. Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images

No updates on where specifically the new Hobbit Trailer will stream online tomorrow, though we were told to expect a 15-minute presentation tomorrow at 10pm EST and Dec 21 at 9am EST. (I suspect the trailer itself will be readily available online after that.) Even TORN (TheOneRing .net) has no specifics, but I’d keep checking their site… they seem to be ahead of the curve on all things Hobbit. 😉

Finally, the trailer for Hugo’s most recent narration project, The Adventures of Mr McGee, has resurfaced on YouTube after appearing and as quickly disappearing earlier this year. One member of the creative team behind the project posted some behind the scenes details to his site, The Optimistic Painting Blog, earlier today. The trailer is embedded below; to see it in high def, go here. This remains a “test” trailer, so there is no series to follow as of yet.

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