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Subject: Cate Blanchett to make Broadway debut

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/16 at 7:47 am

Cate Blanchett is to make her Broadway debut later this year when she stars in The Present, an adaptation of a work by Russian writer Anton Chekhov.

Oscar-nominee Blanchett will play a woman holding her 40th birthday, attended by an odd mix of friends.

Australian actor Richard Roxburgh will co-star in the 19th Century play, which will be set in the mid-1990s.

The Sydney Theatre Company production will be directed by John Crowley, maker of the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn.

No specific dates or venue have been given by the theatre, but it said the production would open in early winter.

Blanchett - who is up for best actress for Carol at this year Oscars - previously appeared off-Broadway with Roxburgh in 2012 in Uncle Vanya, another Chekhov play.

She has also been on stage in productions of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and The Maids by Jean Genet.

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