Solaris Cast

Jun 15 2019 | By More

Video role for Hugo Weaving

Australian film actor Hugo Weaving will be featuring in the Lyceum’s Autumn 2019 season opener, an adaptation of SF classic Solaris, in disembodied video form.

Weaving has pre-recorded footage for the show, which is currently in rehearsal in Australia ahead of its opening at the Malthouse Melbourne on June 28, transfer to the Lyceum in September and then London’s Lyric Hammersmith in October.

Jade Ogugua in rehearsal for Solraris. Pic: Pia Johnson

Stanislav Lem’s 1961 novel is set in a space station orbiting the planet Solaris far from Earth. This is its first theatrical adaptation although it was made into a film, first by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1972 and then Steven Soderbergh in 2002.

Weaving will be appearing as ill-fated Dr Gibarian, whose love and fascination for the mysterious planet Solaris has caused his demise – just before the start of the play and the arrival of Dr Kris Kelvin on board.

Leeanna Walsman is playing Kris in the Melbourne run, although casting of the role for the UK transfer has yet to be confirmed.

Jade Ogugua, recently seen in the NTS production of How To Act, is playing Dr Sartorius with fellow UK actor Fode Simbo as Dr Snow. The on-stage cast is completed by Australian actor Keegan Joyce as Ray.

Matthew Lutton directing rehearsals for Solaris. Pic: Pia Johnson

Direction is by Matthew Lutton, Malthouse’s artistic director who directed Picnic at Hanging Rock. Lyceum artistic director David Greig has written the adaptation.

Tickets for the Lyceum run will go on sale with the rest of the 2019/2020 season from Friday 21 June 2019.

Listings and links

Our news of the original announcement of the production contains an interview with David Grieg about the adaptation: Solaris for Lyceum.

Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
June 28 – July 20 2019.
Tickes and details: Book here.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, EH3 9AX
September 12 – October 5 2019.
Tickets on sale from Friday 21 June

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL Box Office: 020 8741 6850
Thursday 10 September – Saturday 2 November 2019
Evenings Mon-Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Wed: 1.30pm; Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: Book here.

The original novel and film adaptations by Tarkovsky and Soderbergh are available through Amazon. Click images for details.



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