Theater calls to couple

Blanchett, Upton to run Sydney Theater Co.

Cate Blanchett and her husband, writer Andrew Upton, will take the helm of the Sydney Theater Company when a.d. Robyn Nevin steps down at the end of 2007.

Blanchett and Upton will program the company’s 2008 season with Nevin, the Sydney Morning Herald reported today.

Juggling the demands of a film career with her commitments to the Aussie theater will be nothing new for Blanchett. Thesp and her husband have been linked to STC for a while now, with Blanchett starring in Upton’s 2004 adaptation of “Hedda Gabler.” Production played Gotham earlier this year.

Later this season at STC, Blanchett will make her directing debut with Harold Pinter’s 1982 one-act “A Kind of Alaska” on a double bill with David Mamet’s 1977 play “Reunions,” helmed by Upton. Blanchett also is slated to direct David Harrower’s “Blackbird” at STC during the 2007 season.

Academy Award winner Blanchett’s A-list status in Hollywood has helped boost the international profile of STC. Next year Upton’s play “Riflemind” will preem under the direction of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hugo Weaving will star.

Nevin’s decision to resign from STC came as a surprise to many Sydney legiters. Nevin became a.d. of the company in 1999, and her occasionally controversial tenure included the establishment of the theater’s resident acting ensemble.

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