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Variously known as Platonov, Wild Honey, Fatherlessness and The Disinherited, Anton Chekhov's untitled first play was not discovered until 1920, some 16 years after the playwright's death.



Andrew Upton's adaptation is set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett). At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov (Roxburgh) with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.

Running Time:

Three hours, with one intermission

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)

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Featured Reviews For The Present


'The Present,' or, Cate Blanchett's Explosive Birthday Weekend - NBC New York
Fireworks, here, are both metaphorical and literal: Halfway through the three-hour drama, the sensual leading lady detonates the countryside summer house where much of the first act has transpired. 40 ... it's the new 14? An adaptation by Andrew Upton, who is Blanchett's husband, "The Present" arrives at The Barrymore Theatre with its original Australian cast intact. Anna's foil, Mikhail, a childhood friend and former paramour, is played by Richard Roxburgh, who may be best known to American audiences from Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge."

Cate Blanchett makes a stellar Broadway debut in The Present – review - The Telegraph
: Few actors can juggle successful film and theatre careers simultaneously. But Cate Blanchett has made it look astonishingly easy, winning two Oscars while also starring in Sydney Theatre Company productions of Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Maids, among others. For her Broadway debut in The Present, at the Barrymore Theatre, she shares top billing with fellow Aussie Richard Roxburgh, and the fireworks set up to mark her character's 40th birthday at the end of the first act of this adaptation of Chekhov's Platonov aren't the only sparks igniting in this intense, invigorating three-hour show.


 

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by Walter McBride - March 15, 2017
Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh just got their own present from Sardi's yesterday. The Australian actors, currently starring in THE PRESENT on Broadway, just unveiled their very own caricatures at the Theatre District hotspot. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special day and you can check out photos below!
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2017
This week, THEATER TALK welcomes actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, now appearing on Broadway in the acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of The Present - an adaptation by Andrew Upton of Anton Chekhov's first play Platonov. The charismatic and articulate duo provides a master class in acting techniques and playing Chekhov in this rewarding episode of the series.
by Caryn Robbins - March 7, 2017
Cate Blanchett stopped by THE LATE SHOW Friday night to discuss making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT.
by BWW News Desk - February 15, 2017
The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT announces a digital lottery beginning today, Wednesday, February 15. The digital lottery will be powered by Shubert Ticketing through the Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatregoers access to affordable tickets through multiple social networks.
by Caryn Robbins - January 31, 2017
On this morning's LIVE WITH KELLY, Cate Blanchett discussed making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT and shared what happened when her 8-year-old son came to see the show!
by Caryn Robbins - January 24, 2017
On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guest Cate Blanchett chatted with Jimmy about living in New York City and making her Broadway debut in THE PRESENT.
by TV - Opening Night Special - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Nicole Rosky - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Walter McBride - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Walter McBride - January 9, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation ofAnton Chekhov's first play, Platonov,The Present opened just last night at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by Michael Dale - January 9, 2017
Those introspective, philosophical, womanizing man-children who inhabit the oeuvre of Anton Chekhov tend to be annoying bores, so even though the unpublished manuscript discovered after the playwright's death has been posthumously named after, its leading man, Platonov, it's no surprise that it's the leading lady who gets all the juicy material.
by Review Roundups - January 8, 2017
Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, The Present opens tonight at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017. THE PRESENT features the Sydney Theatre Company cast of 13, each making their Broadway debut, including Cate Blanchett (Anna) and Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail).
by BWW News Desk - January 6, 2017
The Sydney Theatre Company production of THE PRESENT opens Sunday, January 8. Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Platonov, THE PRESENT is directed by John Crowley at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 19, 2017.
by Caryn Robbins - December 29, 2016
Actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov's THE PRESENT, stopped by this morning's GOOD MORNING AMERICA to discuss the production.
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2016
Today, December 29th, actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov's The Present, will appear on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA. BWW will bring you video of the appearance as soon as it becomes available.

The Present Frequently Asked Questions

What other awards has The Present been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Cate Blanchett.

What awards has The Present been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Cate Blanchett.

What productions of The Present have there been?
The Present has had 1 productions including Broadway which opened in 2017.