The Present [Sydney]
The Present [Sydney]

Event Information


Thursday September 17, 2015
7:30 PM


Sydney Theatre Walsh Bay
22 Hickson Road
Walsh Bay , NSW 2000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Mike Webb and Maree Madden

Language/ Cultural Consultant

Sally Strobridge


$60. Book directly through the Box Office by calling 9250 1777 or emailing:

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Love will tear us apart

Anton Chekhov’s first play was a sprawling, unstructured epic but it marked out the style and themes he would return to in his later masterworks from The Seagull to The Cherry Orchard. It remains a mysterious, unpolished gem.

The manuscript, left unpublished until almost two decades after Chekhov’s death, lacked a title. Over the years it has inspired various adaptations – Wild Honey, Fatherlessness, The Disinherited –but it is most commonly referred to as Platonov, the name of the man at its centre. And yet, the play has always contained another extraordinarily rich and complex character – that of Anna Petrovna.

Taking on these roles are the fearsome talents of Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Irish director John Crowley, renowned for his work on the West End and Broadway, brings his lean and precise theatrical vision. And, as with his 2010 adaptation of Uncle Vanya, Andrew Upton lends his distinctive voice, brimming with vitality, to this tale of yearning, vodka and shattered dreams.

Duration: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)

Please note: It was recently announced that Sydney Theatre will undergo a name change to be known as Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay in March 2015.

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