Broadway Rehearsals Begin For STC's THE PRESENT

The complete original cast have begun rehearsals in New York this week for the Broadway run of Sydney Theatre Company’s THE PRESENT. Previewing on 17 December 2016 the show will open at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) 8 January 2017 and run through to 19 March 2017.

Broadway Rehearsals Begin For STC's THE PRESENT

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Andrew Upton’s version of Anton Chekhov’s first play, directed by John Crowle is led on stageby Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail) and Cate Blanchett (Anna). The company also includes Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge, with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is Sound Designer and Composer.

Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov’s untitled first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright’s death.

Andrew Upton’s version is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna. At the centre is the acerbic and witty Platonov with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.

In recent years, STC’s international touring profile has increased with tours ofWaiting for Godot to the UK,Gross und Klein (Big and Small)to the UK, France, Austria and Germany, bothA Streetcar Named Desire andUncle Vanya to Washington and New York andThe Maids to New York.A History of Everything, commissioned by STC as a co-production with Belgian theatre company Onteroend Goed, has had seasons in Chicago and in Belgium, Holland and the UK whileLong Day's Journey into Night played in Portland, Oregon.

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