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Goings-on in the theatre


In Britain, postwar theatre was largely shaped by the volatile visions of directors – “Peter Hall, George Devine and Joan Littlewood - founders, respectively, of the RSC, the Royal Court and Theatre Workshop” and by director-actor Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre.

More recently Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent “made a big hit at the Almeida”; Mark Rylance’s intelligent glamour helped to draw crowds to Shakespeare's Globe ; and Kevin Spacey has kept the lights blazing at the Old Vic .

Today Michael Billington reports that Cate Blanchett is going to run the Sydney Theatre Company with her husband Andrew Upton. Some feathers were ruffled by the green-eyed monster, but their plans look terrific for British playwrights and directors -

Blanchett will direct Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, and will play Queen Margaret in Shakespeare's The Wars of the Roses. Along with four new Australian plays, there will also be Sydney premieres of Stoppard's Rock'n'Roll, Hare's The Vertical Hour and Harrower's Blackbird. Visiting directors include Philip Seymour Hoffman and our own Max Stafford-Clark and Annabel Arden.