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Cate Blanchett 'to direct' Pinter
Cate Blanchett
Blanchett won the best supporting Oscar in February for The Aviator
Cate Blanchett is to direct Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska as part of the Sydney Theatre Company 2006 season next December, according to Variety.

It marks the directorial debut for the Oscar-winning actress, who gave an acclaimed performance as Hedda Gabler with the company in 2004.

The Pinter play will run alongside David Mamet's Reunion, directed by Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton.

She is due to perform the Gabler role on the New York stage in March 2006.

The production will play with its original cast, including Matrix star Hugo Weaving, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Blanchett, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Aviator earlier this year, was born in Melbourne, Australia and joined the Sydney Theatre Company on graduating drama school in 1992.

She went on to become the first actress to win the Sydney Critics Circle Theatre award for best newcomer and lead actress in the same year.

The 36-year-old actress has starred in a host of critically acclaimed films including Elizabeth, The Talented Mr Ripley and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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