It’s Official! Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh Will Costar in Waiting For Godot at STC Next Year

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Here’s the full STC press release, courtesy Time Out Sydney:

“Waiting for Godot
Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Tamás Ascher

In a spiritual companion piece to STC’s acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya directed by Tamás Ascher, Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh return to the Sydney Theatre from November to play Samuel Beckett’s “tatterdemalion stoics”, once again under the meticulous direction of Ascher. The impasto Weaving will play Vladimir to luminous Roxburgh’s Estragon in Waiting for Godot.

Andrew Upton: “It is massively resonating as a play but, as an artistic director, you need to have a reason to put it on, especially if people have seen it. We’re offering people the youth of the cast, very virile presences, but, as you saw in Vanya, a lot of impotence; and I think that make for an incredible friction and humour – as well as melancholy in the play, which will be wonderful.”
Cate Blanchett: “When we brought Vanya to New York so many said they had seen the play for the first time. Tamás has this ability, and Rox and Hugo have this openness, to serve the story but be iconoclastic and open up new terrain to the piece.”

The production is slated for November 2013. Incidentally, the links and unusual adjectives in the Time Out piece are in-joke references to last year’s Archibald Prizes; portraits of both actors were among the finalists. Here’s a shot of Hugo admiring his costar at the Archibald Prize exhibit in April 2011:


(The Social Shuttle)

Cate Blanchett will be featured in a separate production, Jean Genet’s The Maids, costarring Isabelle Huppert. (Blanchett and Upton also gave Time Out an interview about planning the 2013 season, their final one as co-Artistic Directors for STC. Upton will continue in the post solo after next year, but Cate promises “Just try and keep me away!”)  No word yet on further touring plans for Uncle Vanya, but stay tuned.

Update: We have a video trailer with further hijinks from Messrs Weaving and Roxburgh:


 

There’s an additional article about the 2013 STC schedule at The Australian, and a Richard Roxburgh radio interview at abc.net.au. You can leaf through STC’s Virtual 2013 Season Brochure below:

 

 

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