Uncle Vanya in New York, US Oranges and Sunshine DVD, Hobbit Video #6

Note: This is an archived entry that’s over two years old. While I have ensured that all photos are restored, some links may no longer work. If you encounter any dead links, let me know and I’ll try to find a copy of the material.

A few new items to share while we await news of Hugo’s current project, STC’s new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (it opens March 31.)

First up, Lincoln Center has announced the full schedule of performances for Hugo’s other big theatrical engagement of the year, Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya, which will be performed as part of New York’s Lincoln Center Festival this July 19-28. (The production won raves and a slew of awards and nominations during its previous runs in Sydney and Washington DC). So far, only expensive three-play subscription ticket sets are available… even these are selling quickly. No word on specifically when single tickets for Vanya go on sale, though the full Lincoln Center Festival schedule will be announced March 22. There will be only ten performances of Uncle Vanya this time, in contrast to the much longer slate in Australia and DC, so seats may be hard to come by. I’ll post updates as they become available.  You can also keep tabs on Facebook.  As tends to be the case with these high-demand, limited theatrical runs, subscribers and members get a priority ticketing period. One early bonus at the Lincoln Center website is an additional publicity photo I hadn’t seen before, from Lisa Tomasetti’s wonderful series on the Sydney production:

Hugo Weaving with Andrew Tighe, Sydney 2010 photo: Lisa Tomasetti

Next, Cohen Media will finally release the US (Region 1) DVD and Blu_ray of Hugo’s film Oranges and Sunshine (costarring Emily Watson and David Wenham) on June 26. More details at New Video Group. Bonus features are promised, but no specifics given; I assume they’re the same as or similar to those on last year’s UK and Australian editions. The cover art shown at New Video is identical to that used in the UK… I was hoping they’d go with the lovely US promotional poster (see below). But this is more than welcome news. Oranges and Sunshine features some of Hugo’s most heartfelt work (which won him this year’s AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor) and was criminally short-changed in its meager US theatrical release last fall.

Finally, in case anyone on the planet missed it, here’s the most recent (#6) in Peter Jackson’s production videos from the set of The Hobbit. 😉 No trace of Hugo (or Elrond) this time around, but some marvelous glimpses of the New Zealand location shooting, and interviews with cast members including Andy Serkis and Sir Ian McKellen.

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