It is such a thrill to have the wonderful Hugo Weaving back working at STC on our soon-to-open production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He has worked with us on more than 20 productions, readings and workshops, and here we remember the good times…
Hugo’s first show with us was back in 1982, when he appeared in Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It with You as ‘1st Man’ in a cast that included Geoffrey Rush as well as Hugo’s Liaisons co-stars Heather Mitchell and Jane Harders. 1982 was a big year, as this was the first of five plays Hugo performed with STC that year, back to back. Next was a production of A Map of the World, written and directed by David Hare and co-starring Seth Rosham and Tim Robertson, all pictured below. (Photo: Branco Gaica)
After this Hugo played Seyton in a Richard Wherrett-directed production of Macbeth, which also featured John Bell, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels and Heather Mitchell, followed by David Williamson’s The Perfectionist (pictured, photo by Dennis del Favero), which later toured to the US. The year ended with Hugo playing ‘One of the Three Young Men’ in a production of Pirandello’s As You Desire Me.
The following year, 1983, was another busy one, starting with a spectacular production of Congreve’s The Way of the World, in which Hugo played Petulant alongside a fabulous cast that included Ruth Cracknell and Drew Forsythe. (Photo: S. Edwards)
Next up was the premiere of Thomas Keneally’s Gossip from the Forest, alongside Michael O’Neill, Linda Nagle and David Franklin. (Photo: Brett Hilder)
Finally that year, Hugo appeared as Trofimov in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Rodney Fisher, and also starring Odile le Clezio. (Photo: Dennis del Favero)
In 1986 a very dapper looking Hugo performed alongside Geoff Morrell in The Madras House. (Photo: Andrew Southam)
The following year he joined the large cast of a Wayne Harrison/Philip Parsons directed double production of Hamlet and Henry IV Part 1, which was part of a HSC program and presented the works to a standing audience in a rehearsal room with minimal design and natural daylight. Three years later Hugo returned for another David Hare play The Secret Rapture, in which he performed alongside his Liaisons co-stars Pamela Rabe and Heather Mitchell (pictured). (Photo: Branco Gaica)
In 1994 Hugo played Bernard Nightingale in a production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia alongside Helen Thomson (who will appear in both Under Milk Woodand The Splinter at STC later this year). (Photo: Tracey Schramm)
Hugo paired up with Angie Milliken in 2000 for a Gale Edwards directed production of The White Devil, which featured an enormous cast that included Paula Arundell, Bruce Spence (who will both appear in Under Milk Wood later this year), as well as Heather Mitchell.
In 2003 he played Henry in Stoppard’s The Real Thing, again alongside Milliken. (Photo: Tania Kelley)
The following year, sporting some impressive facial hair, Hugo joined a stellar cast for a Robyn Nevin directed production of Hedda Gabler, alongside hisLiaisons co-star Justine Clarke as well as our Co-Artistic Director Cate Blanchett.
In 2007 he played the aging rocker John in our other Co-Artistic Director Andrew Upton’s Riflemind, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
After a three year break from STC, Hugo returned in 2010 to play Astrov in Uncle Vanya, opposite Richard Roxburgh in the title role. This production toured to Washington in 2011 and will go to the Lincoln Center later this year.
So it’s not long to go until Liaisons hits the stage. While all we can offer you just now is a glimpse of Hugo in the rehearsal room (photo: Grant Sparkes-Carroll) we can promise that this almost sold-out production will be one not to miss…