November 3, 2012
Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving star in Waiting for Godot. Source: Supplied
THERE’S never any shortage of great acting on Australian stages but next year the amount of heat being thrown out verges on the irresponsible.
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at Sydney Theatre Company claim to be cutting down on their greenhouse emissions, but it’s hard to see how with the wattage that will emanate from that address. And it’s not just them: from coast to coast there is the promise of stellar performances in an intriguing range of plays and, in one larger-than-life case, a musical.
Some companies promise to double your pleasure with the casting of two heart-quickening names; in other cases there’s a headliner whose track record speaks for itself. And please note: this is an edited selection.
Unfortunately it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to see all these. Don’t these people speak to one another?
Meyne Wyatt, Peter Pan, Belvoir (January/February)
William Zappa, Hate, Malthouse (February/March)
John Bell, Henry 4, Bell Shakespeare (February/May)
Robyn Nevin, Other Desert Cities, MTC (March/April)
Sharon Millerchip, Bombshells, Ensemble (March/April)
Colin Moody, Forget Me Not, Belvoir (April/May)
Alison Bell, Hedda Gabler, STSCA (April/May)
Colin Friels, Red, QTC (April/May)
John Stanton, Death of a Salesman, Black Swan (May)
Catherine McClements, Phèdre, Bell Shakespeare (May/June)
Ursula Yovich, Mother Courage, QTC (May/June)
Jacki Weaver, Solomon and Marion, MTC (June/July)
Pamela Rabe, The Cherry Orchard, MTC (August/September)
Brendan Cowell, Miss Julie, Belvoir (August/October)
Toby Schmitz, Hamlet, Belvoir (October/December)
It takes two
Lucy Bell and Colin Moody, Dreams in White, Griffin, Sydney (February/March)
Jacqueline McKenzie and Ewen Leslie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Belvoir, Sydney (February/April)
Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, Driving Miss Daisy, The Gordon Frost Organisation (February/June)
Jacek Koman and Belinda McClory, Dance of Death, Malthouse, Melbourne (April/May)
King Kong and Esther Hannaford, King Kong, Global Creatures, Melbourne (From June 15)
Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, The Maids, Sydney Theatre Company (June/July)
David Wenham and Anita Hegh, The Crucible, Melbourne Theatre Company (June/August)
Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, STC (August/September)
Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving, Waiting for Godot, STC, (November/December)