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Upton retains role without Cate
Andrew Upton and actress Cate Blanchett. Picture: Jemal Countess/Getty Images.

Andrew Upton will lead the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) for another three years - only this time without his wife Cate Blanchett.

The couple has shared the role of artistic director for the past five years and were expected to step down next month.

But Upton has been convinced to stay on now that he and Blanchett have decided to remain in Sydney after considering a move overseas.

"The offer to stay on as artistic director came just as we had decided to remain in Australia as a family," Upton said in a statement.

"We were finishing off plans for the 2013 season, the last of Cate's and mine together. At the same time, the team was also wrangling with our new five-year strategic plan.

"So it happened right when I was weighing up what Cate and I had achieved, and also feeling an enthusiasm for what could come next."

The partnership between Upton and Blanchett has boosted the profile of STC both in Australia and overseas, with productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya making a mark in the US.

David Gonski, chairman of STC, said Upton was seen as the best man for the job following an extensive national and international search.

"We considered that Andrew would be the best person to lead the company as it evolves into the next stage of its artistic development," he said.

The West Australian

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