The Present Tickets
The Present is based on Anton Chekhov’s untitled first play and will be making its way to Broadway. Adapted by Andrew Upton, this rendition of the play is based in the early 1990’s. Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut as Anna Petrovna alongside Richard Roxburgh as Platonov. After getting roaring reviews from critics in Australia, The Present is finally making its way stateside to wow audiences on Broadway. Get your The Present Tickets to be at this incredible performance and watch Cate Blanchett in all of her glory!
A Story with Many Names
What is now known as ‘The Present’ is a play which has gone by many names in the past. It is based on an untitled play of Anton Chekhov’s which was discovered posthumously. Often known as “Platonov”, it has been presented in the English language under various names including Fatherlessness, Wild Honey, and The Disinherited. The most famous of these adaptations was Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey which premiered on Broadway in 1986 and featured Sir Ian McKellen and Kathryn Walker in the lead roles.
The current version of the play is adapted by Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett’s husband, who incidentally has collaborated with her on stage on numerous occasions. His adaptation is updated and set in the mid-1990’s.
This Upton’s version of ‘The Present’ is set in “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 (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) 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”.
The Present Comes to Broadway
The Present initially premiered at the Sydney Theater Company. This is where both Blanchett and Upton served in the capacity of co-artistic directors for five years in 2008-12. The show received raving reviews from critics. In fact, both Blanchett and the play were nominated with awards at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards.
The production will be directed by John Crowley, a stage and film director who is an Oscar nominee. Production will be helmed by New Yorker and Australian expat, Stuart Thompson, as well as the Sydney Theater Company.
The Present also stars Richard Roxburgh, for whom this will also serve as a Broadway debut. Roxburgh has appeared alongside Blanchett before in another Chekhov play, Uncle Vanya. This play was based on Upton’s adaptation of the story in the Sydney Theatre Company.
Alongside the two leads, the following Sydney cast will also appear: Marshall Napier (Ivan), Anna Bamford (Maria), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirrill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), Susan Prior (Sasha), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).
In addition, Alice Babidge will be responsible for costumes and sets; Stefan Gregory has been brought on as composer and sound designer, and Nick Schlieper will be taking care of lighting.
Previews will begin on December 17 at the Shubert Organization’s Barrymore Theatre. Opening night is currently slated to be January 8, 2017 and the play will have a limited run until March 19. This is one of those shows that you don’t want to risk missing out on.
A Production not to be Missed
The Present has already shown its true colors. With its incredible cast, crew, director, and producer, it’s no wonder that the performance has been flawless. With a successful run at the Sydney Theatre Company, the play is all set to blow away audiences once it premiers on Broadway.
Cate Blanchett will make her long overdue Broadway debut alongside Richard Roxburgh, for whom this will also serve as a debut. The Present is produced by Andrew Upton, Blanchett’s husband and someone whom she has frequently collaborated with on stage.
If you’re interested in watching a performance which is guaranteed to blow you away, The Present is a production you cannot miss. The play will have a limited run from January to late March on Broadway.
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