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Rumors are going around that Cate Blanchett may star as Cleopatra opposite Richard Roxburgh in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra opening in Sydney towards the end of next year, before launching a European tour. Sydney Theatre Company (STC) said British director Declan Donnellan had just conducted workshops with company actors last week. A spokesman said that Antony and Cleopatra was one project being considered. However, it has been speculated that the production could depend on Blanchette retiring from the company, where her three-year contract is up for renewal in November 2013, making Cleopatra Blanchett's STC swansong.