Yael Stone has withdrawn from Sydney Theatre Company’s 2018 production of Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw following the news that she is expecting her first child. New casting for the iconic role of Joan of Arc will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
“We’re absolutely thrilled for Yael and wish her all the best for this exciting new chapter of her life,” STC Artistic Director Kip Williams said.
Saint Joan features a distinguished ensemble of actors including John Gaden and Socratis Otto, directed by STC Resident Director Imara Savage. The production is at Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay from 5 June – 30 June 2018.
A feminist icon, Joan of Arc made history in her time. Her faith and her visions, which inspired an entire army to victory, were both her greatest strength and her downfall.
George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, written in 1923, three years after Joan’s canonisation, was a key factor in his receiving the Nobel Prize in 1925. Based on the records of her trial, it follows the true story of Joan’s life as she fights – first for her country, then for her life. Taking us from the battlefield to the courtroom, Shaw’s text is thrillingly alive with political machinations, moral questions and the fatal betrayal that made Joan an icon.
Director: Imara Savage
Set Designer: David Fleischer
Costume Designer: Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper
Composer & Sound Designer: Max Lyandvert
Cast includes: John Batchelor, Gareth Davies, John Gaden, Brandon McClelland, Sean O’Shea, Socratis Otto, Anthony Taufa, David Whitney, William Zappa