The Present

Date(s) - 26 Aug 2015
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney

Captioned Performances:    Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at 1pm and Friday, 4 September 2015 at 7.30pm

Booking details:

At the time of booking, please request seats with a good view of the captioning screens.


“It’s better to say it’s the gun that is accurate, not the marksman. That way, pulling the trigger isn’t such a big deal.”

Anna Petrovna

Sydney Theatre Company and UBS present
After Anton Chekhov’s Platonov
By Andrew Upton

World premiere

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 Seagullto 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The manuscript, left unpublished until almost two decades after Chekhov’s death, lacked a title.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. STC Season Ticket Holders with existing tickets to this production will not be affected by the name change. Existing tickets will still be valid at the time of your performance.


Director John Crowley
Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Deisgner Nick Schlieper

Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Chris Ryan


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