News: The Present on Broadway

Date posted: 8 Dec 2016Author: STC Production: The Present

The Present production photo by Joan Marcus

After a sold-out Sydney season in 2015, our production The Present heads to New York City for a strictly limited season on Broadway with its full original Australian cast. The Present is Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Chekhov's first play, a tale of yearning, vodka and shattered dreams.

Directed by John Crowley, the stellar ensemble cast includes Anna Bamford (Maria), Cate Blanchett (Anna), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Richard Roxburgh (Platonov), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

Set and costume design is by Alice Babidge, with lighting design by Nick Schlieper. Stefan Gregory is composer and sound designer.

We'll keep you posted on all the articles, behind-the-scenes photos, social media and reviews right here…

Further reading

News articles

► Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, in Love and Battle, The New York Times

► ‘The Present’: Director John Crowley Delivers a Birthday Cate (Blanchett) to Broadway, The Observer

► Cate Blanchett Makes Her Broadway Debut in The Present, Vogue Magazine

► Cate Blanchett and the Cast of The Present Spill Their Party Secrets, Playbill

Photo galleries

► Photos: The Present Starring Cate Blanchett Opens on Broadway, Playbill

Photos: The Present production photos

The Present Broadway Production photos
The Present production photo by Joan Marcus



► Watch Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, and the Cast of The Present Celebrate Opening Night, Playbill

Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, and the Cast of The Present Celebrate a Chekhovian Opening Night (below), Theatre Mania


"The chemistry between Blanchett’s Anna and Roxburgh’s Mikhail ... is combustible enough to blow up the play" ★★★★ The Guardian

"Clever, compelling and rich in character", "It owes its success to the stellar work not only of Blanchett, but of the entire 13-member cast" ★★★★ The Telegraph

"This is a Broadway debut for both leads and for the Sydney Theater Company itself. Is it too soon to ask them back?" Variety

"John Crowley’s frenzied, engaging production" NBC 4 New York

"Uproarious, fast, and funny." The Daily Beast

"What's most surprising about John Crowley's expertly calibrated production is how funny it is, while remaining true to themes of disillusionment, class breakdown and unfulfilled love" The Hollywood Reporter

"A tantalizing adaptation, both very funny and very moving." The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Blanchett and this splendid company need no help with the fireworks." Newsday

"Witty and modern ... a thrilling ride between tragedy and comedy." Zeal NYC

"Such esteemed playwrights as Michael Frayn and David Hare have taken cracks at bringing [Platonov] to the stage, but it is Upton’s The Present that is the most likely to endure." The Wrap

"Through a fresh set of circumstances, Upton captures the spirit of Chekhov's dark humor much better than a more traditional production of Platonov ever could." Theater Mania

"John Crowley's carefully calibrated production takes its time – it runs to a hefty three hours – but rewards the attention." The Stage

"A high-octane, brilliantly performed production."

"This is currently the most stunning ensemble on a New York stage." Lighting and Sound America

"Blanchett and Roxburgh are electrifying." Curtain Up

Read a round up of the response in this article from The GuardianCate Blanchett's Broadway debut in The Present delights critics


The Present is playing at Ethel Barrymore Theatre until 19 Mar 2017.

For more information and ticket sales, visit the official The Present Broadway website.

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