Andrew Upton
Australian playwright and director
Andrew Upton
Andrew Upton is an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and director. He is the husband of the actress Cate Blanchett. As a playwright, Upton created adaptations of Hedda Gabler, The Cherry Orchard, Cyrano de Bergerac, Don Juan (with Marion Potts) and Uncle Vanya for the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and Maxim Gorky's The Philistines for London's Royal National Theatre.
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Aisle View: Cate's Chekhov Sizzles
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in The Present Photo: Joan Marcus There are explosives mixed in with the evening's fireworks, Cate Blanchett tells us midway through the first half of Andrew Upton's The Present at the Barrymore. Said fireworks indeed explode with a bang, but they are less explosive than the astounding Ms. Blanchett in her Broadway debut. This free adaptation of an early and not-quite-finished student play by Chekhov is a homegrown effort from the Sydney Theatre Company, an indication of the sort of fiery work Upton and Blanchett (who have been married since 1997) did during their recently-ended term as co-artistic directors. Three of Upton's other STC adaptations--Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya and Genet's The Maids--have made brief New York visits, thanks to Blanchett's star-power. Her presence in The Present makes it an instant event on Broadway; but the play and production are more than worthy, thank you very much. What's more, the excellence of the en ...
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Cate Blanchett And Husband Andrew Upton Adopt A Baby Girl
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Cate Blanchett has welcomed a new baby daughter into her family! A rep for the actress confirmed to E! News on Friday that Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton have adopted a child. "The Upton family [Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton] have adopted a baby girl," the rep said. "No further details will be provided." Blanchett and Upton wed in 1997, and have three sons together -- Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10, and Ignatius, 6. In 2013, the star opened up to The Independent about sharing her life as a performer with her children. "They've watched a lot of shows from the wings," she said. "What I really loved is they see the hard work that goes into it. They can see the crew pulling the strings. They can see the teamwork." Congratulations to the family!
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Cate Blanchett: 'Waiting for Godot' Opening Night!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Cate Blanchett is classy black while arriving at Waiting for Godot Opening Night at the Sydney Theatre Company on Saturday (November 16) in Sydney, Australia. The 44-year-old Australian actress was joined by husband Andrew Upton. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cate Blanchett Waiting for Godot centers on “two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot.” The play is scheduled for a one month engagement at Sydney Theatre, which will close on Saturday, December 21. Buy your tickets now! Last week, Cate was a golden goddess while attending the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London, England.
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Prabal Gurung: On Cate Blanchett and Why She Should Win Another Oscar
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last weekend, I went to see Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine featuring Cate Blanchett and I walked out instantly knowing who our next Muse would be. Cate's performance stayed with me for days. Haunting, compelling and raw, it was one of those rare cinematic experiences in which the chasm between audience and projection melted, and I felt a complete and unnerving connection with the fictitious world on-screen. I couldn't get Jasmine out of my mind. It got me thinking about talent, pure, raw talent. In a world in which anyone can be famous, there has to be something said for those individuals who remain as steadfast devotees to their craft, who remain oblivious to the buzz they so organically generate. My most vivid memory of Cate is from the 77th Academy Awards, in 2005. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator, and wore a pale yellow Valentino gown. It was one of those great moments for me, as a fashion designer, with great talent and great beauty colliding s ...
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George Heymont: Dressed For Distress
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Recently, while dining together, a friend launched into a new topic with the following opener: "I was having a conversation with the voices in my head the other day...." "You do realize that's a captive audience?" I teased. "Of course," he replied, "but at least they all agreed with me." Those intimate, all-too-knowing kinds of conversations can get a girl in trouble. While it's easy enough to invoke the "On the one hand this, but on the other hand that...." approach to analyzing a situation, it can often lead one down the slippery slope to delusional thinking and bizarre behavior. Consider Dorothy Loudon's brilliant mashup of two songs during 1992's Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Often, when we envision a damsel in distress we imagine characters like the protagonist of the 1914 silent film serial entitled The Perils of Pauline, Lois Lane hoping to be rescued by Superman, or the beefy Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters) demonstrating her swimming techniqu ...
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Joyce Morgan: Blanchett, Huppert Shine as Murderous Maids
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pulling power: Cate Blanchett, left, and Isabelle Huppert breathe energy into Genet's darkly poetic work The Maids. © Lisa Tomasetti Mirror, mirror on the wall, Genet's The Maids is surely among the most bizarre plays of all. But stellar, layered performances breathe energy into this darkly poetic work which can be a challenge to realize convincingly. Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert are the murderous, incestuous maids who use and abuse each other as they indulge their increasingly violent fantasies. A video screen above them projects their performances from shifting camera angles as they act out their vicious rituals and await the return of their Mistress. The screen adds another layer of voyeurism to this hall of mirrors as the pair simultaneously perform on stage and on camera. The opening moments see Claire (Blanchett) before a dressing table mirror, preening and archly abusing her sister Solange (Huppert) who nimbly exercises on a bed. Comic and cruel, t ...
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Cate Blanchett, Tell Us How You Do It
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Australian actress Cate Blanchett is a film icon. Between her countless award wins, starring in box office hits like "The Hobbit," and even earning her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, the woman is on fire. Blanchett, who walks every major red carpet event, can always be counted on for a few things: an elegant dress, flawless skin and her signature blonde locks. This photograph, taken in 2000 on the set of the film "The Gift," literally makes us swoon. Mrs. Andrew Upton's skin glows, and we can't help but fall in love with her brown dye job. Blanchett may single-handely be responsible for a return to our peasant blouses. Getty Images/Stringer Shop the look and check out more from our A Look Back archives: Art by Raydene Salinas Theory top, Nars foundation, Revlon lipstick, Oscar blandi texture spray var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=517580121&height=411&width=570&sid=577&origin=SOLR&relatedMo ...
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Dave & Buster's Check-in With Braintree Officials Goes Awry
Braintree Patch - over 4 years
A scheduled review of Dave & Buster's operations went off track Tuesday night when town officials refused to engage with representatives from the restaurant and arcade. Planning Board members told the company's lawyer and local management that they would hold off on a discussion slated to happen nine months after the establishment's opening because Dave & Buster's had not submitted a required written update of its operations prior to the board meeting. "It is very unfair to us and to the town if we cannot look at the information beforehand," member Darryl Mikami said. The company was required to submit documentation two weeks prior to a nine-month review, as built into its special permit conditions, Mikami said. Other board members, including chair Robert Harnais, said they agreed and ultimately voted to continue the discussion in November. Dave & Buster's attorney Andrew Upton said that about two weeks ago he was told that the board would hear from the restaura ...
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Andrew Upton, minus Cate Blanchett, staying at Sydney Theatre Company
LATimes - over 4 years
Andrew Upton is staying on at the Sydney Theatre Company, assuming the position of sole artistic director starting in January. For the last four years, Upton and his wife, actress Cate Blanchett, have served as co-artistic directors of Australia's most prominent theater company.
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Critic's Notebook: Anton Chekhov for the modern world
LATimes - over 4 years
Soho Rep's 'Uncle Vanya' takes its time while Sydney Theatre's version moves at a quick pace. Each staging is effective, and each shows how timeless Chekhov can be. NEW YORK — Anton Chekhov is always with us in the theater. But this summer his work has been especially prevalent, serving as an inspirational model for such contemporary playwrights as Tracy Letts, Andrew Upton and Annie Baker.
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Theater's Biggest Power Couples
Popeater - over 4 years
Everybody loves celebrity couples. And everybody really loves when an onscreen romance turns into an offscreen one (or vice versa). While nobody ever pays much attention to couples working in the theater world, believe us, there are plenty. Whether they star opposite each other on the stage or are stage stars in their own right, we've picked out our favorite couples working in theater. The creative force behind the production of "Uncle Vanya," currently running at Lincoln Center Festival is none other than Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, who have been married since 1997. The play -- adapted by Upton and starring Cate Blanchett -- is in New York for a hot minute by way of the Sydney Theatre Company, where the couple currently co-head as artistic directors. How cool is that? And then there's the dynamic duo, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who have performed opposite one other in two different Chekhov plays at Classic Stage Company in New York. People say it's im ...
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Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton Aim to Prove Theater People Can Balance Books
Wall Street Journal - over 4 years
Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and her playwright husband Andrew Upton have enjoyed success in their respective careers and as the co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Now, they have brought their production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” to New York, hoping Upton’s translation of the play will be a hit with crowds at the Lincoln Center. A video interview.
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Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton of Sydney Theater and ‘Vanya’
NYTimes - over 4 years
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, who have been married since 1997, divide their responsibilities as artistic directors of the Sydney Theater Company.
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Dreaming spires in his sights - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
In the past, he has sold works to Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. Today, as a resident artist at the Fonderie Darling Studio in Montreal, he flies into Oxford regularly to keep on top of his student duties. Thompson is now studying a collection of
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Day in celebrities - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, compare notes at a Sydney Theatre company event in Sydney on Friday. The Australian troupe announced it would become more environmentally responsible by implementing a rainwater harvesting system and solar
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'Carbon Cate' Blanchett's Solar-Power Play - Smartmoney.com
Google News - over 5 years
Of course, it didn't hurt that Kennedy says he's "good mates" with the actress and her screenwriter husband Andrew Upton from their university days. He says Blanchett was one of about 20 angel investors and is a "strong holder of equity
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andrew Upton
    FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 42
    Upton wrote the libretto to Alan John's opera Through the Looking Glass which premiered in May 2008.
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    In 2008, Upton and wife Cate Blanchett became joint artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company for a three-year term.
    More Details Hide Details Upton and Blanchett formed a film production company, Dirty Films, whose projects include the short film Bangers (1999) and the feature film Little Fish (2006). Upton wrote, produced, and directed Bangers, which starred Blanchett. He was the associate producer on Little Fish, which also starred Blanchett. In 2006, he wrote the film Gone which was directed by Ringan Ledwidge.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    His original play Riflemind, with Hugo Weaving as an ageing rock star planning a comeback tour, opened at the STC on 5 October 2007 to favourable reviews.
    More Details Hide Details Riflemind opened in London in 2008, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman but closed after a short run due to uniformly poor notices and the pressure of the Global Financial Crisis.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 31
    Upton and Blanchett were married on 29 December 1997.
    More Details Hide Details They have three sons: Dashiell John Upton (born 3 December 2001), Roman Robert Upton (born 23 April 2004) and Ignatius Martin Upton (born 13 April 2008). They live in Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 0
    Born in 1966.
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