The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya has been nominated for five prestigious Helen Hayes awards.
The awards, now in their 28th year, recognise artistic achievement on the stage in the Washington area and are among the most highly-regarded cultural awards in the United States.
The STC production, adapted for the stage by Cate Blanchett’s husband and co-artistic director Andrew Upton, is up for outstanding non-resident production.
Blanchett is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a non-resident production, Richard Roxburgh is a nominee for outstanding lead actor in a non-resident production, while both Hugo Weaving and Hayley McElhinney are outstanding supporting performer nominees in the non-resident category.
The show was a critical triumph in Sydney in 2010 before its run at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC, in August 2011.
The entire original cast, which includes Andrew Tighe and Jacki Weaver, will reprise their roles for the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York in July this year.