More Details on Waiting For Godot, New Interview, New Cloud Atlas Theatrical Trailer

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More details on Sydney Theatre Company's  2013 Season continue to roll in, the most interesting of which is a piece in The Australian  featuring Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh's thoughts (and wisecracks) about their plans for the play. I'll add the full text below, as it's not too long. The article was accompanied by this lovely new pic by Dan Himbrechts:


Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh at Sydney Theatre Company. Source: The Australian/Dan Himbrechts

Theatre's larrikin pair bring us nothing happening, twice

"We'll have to rehearse it a bit first," said Weaving.

Roxburgh added: "Hopefully we won't disgrace ourselves and disappoint everyone."

Giving each other bro hugs at STC's Wharf Theatre this week, Weaving and Roxburgh turned the heads of theatregoers who were gathering for a matinee.

Roxburgh — whose dissolute Sydney barrister Cleaver Greene returned to ABC1's Rake last night — exchanged a friendly wave with an elegantly dressed woman in sunglasses. "Was that Carla Zampatti?" he asked.

Yesterday Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton unveiled their final season as STC co-artistic directors. Upton will stay for another three years and Blanchett's duties will taper off next year.

Season 2013 could be billed as the year of the double act: Blanchett and France's Isabelle Huppert in Genet's The Maids; Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; a theatremaking duo known as Sisters Grimm; a production of Romeo and Juliet; and, of course, Weaving and Roxburgh in Godot.

There are also two stage adaptations of much-loved Australian novels: Colin Thiele's Storm Boy, adapted by Tom Holloway, and Kate Grenville's The Secret River, adapted by Andrew Bovell.

The idea for Waiting for Godot was suggested by Hungarian director Tamas Ascher during rehearsals for 2010's Uncle Vanya: that cast included Blanchett, John Bell and Jacki Weaver, as well as Weaving and Roxburgh. The two actors previously had not appeared on stage together.

"Hugo is the reason why I became an actor," Roxburgh said.

"When I was at university in Canberra, labouring under the rigours of an economics degree, Hugo's third-year touring production of Twelfth Night from NIDA came to Canberra. I saw him on stage as Sir Toby Belch."

He turned to Weaving: "You loved your Belch."

Beckett's 1953 "tragi-comedy" is famously known as the play in which nothing happens twice. "It's got to be the great 20th-century text, really," said Weaving. "It's like 'To be or not to be', as told by a couple of tramps who can't remember their lines."

Blanchett said of Weaving and Roxburgh: "You're used to grizzly old men playing it. But they are parts for consummate actors, which these two certainly are."

I'd heard the anecdote about Richard being inspired by seeing Hugo in Twelfth Night before, but this is the first time Hugo's role has been revealed. Somehow it fits in with the characters both actors have played in these team-ups. 😉 You can read more at Theater Mania, The Daily Telegraph and Playbill.

Hugo is surely en route to Toronto by now if he isn't there already; Cloud Atlas will have its world premiere the day after tomorrow at the Princess of Wales Theater at 6pm; the entire cast and creative team is slated to be on hand, and the film world is rife with anticipation. A second, shorter theatrical trailer has now been released to coincide with the event and promote the film in cinemas. It repeats the general themes of the six-minute preview extravaganza that was released earlier this summer, but contains glimpses of new footage, including our first official (moving) glimpse of Hugo Weaving as Bill Smoke. I'm doing a frame by frame analysis to see if any other goodies are in there, and continue to be impressed at how much they're able to convey in a limited amount of time. Nice touch casting Ben Whishaw as the record store clerk, BTW… fans of the novel will understand why. 😉 There's also another, brief new interview with Susan Sarandon at Digital Spy.

More soon!

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