STC’s Uncle Vanya nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards

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Hayley McElhinney and Hugo Weaving in Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya. Image by Lisa Tomasetti

Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya has been nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, a prestigous cultural awards institution in the United States that recognises artistic achievement on stage in the Washington area.

STC received five nominations across the four categories applicable to non-resident (i.e. touring) productions: Outstanding Production; Outstanding Lead Actor (Richard Roxburgh); Outstanding Lead Actress (Cate Blanchett); and Outstanding Supporting Performer (Hayley McElhinney and Hugo Weaving).

This production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by Andrew Upton and directed by Tamas Ascher, debuted in Sydney in November 2010 to critical acclaim. The entire Sydney cast will again reprise their roles for the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. Performances will run from 19 to 28 July 2012.

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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya. Lisa Tomasetti 2010

Sydney Theatre Company has already been honoured with three Helen Hayes Awards for its production of A Streetcar Named Desire which toured to the United States in 2009, winning Outstanding Non-Resident Production, Outstanding Lead Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Outstanding Supporting Performer (Robin McLeavy).


Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney. She studied communication and media at the University of Newcastle, where she began honing her professional writing and critical analysis skills, as well as publishing creative works in several journals and magazines. She has previously reviewed music and theatre for numerous online hubs including LiveGuide, BroadwayWorld Australia, and Time Out Sydney. Cassie can usually be found in a theatre foyer somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.

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  • MichaelFalzonFanPage

    Wow. Congratulations STC