All the world is War­low’s stage

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CELEBRITY ESCAPE TSARS IN HIS EYES - Sarah Ni­chol­son

AN­THONY War­low has never been to Rus­sia. He is far too young to re­mem­ber the tsars or Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion, and he has never served on the front line in a war.

But that doesn’t mean the ac­com­plished Mel­bourne-based per­former can’t play Yuri Zhivago, one of lit­er­a­ture’s great­est char­ac­ters, caught up in a tur­bu­lent Rus­sia dur­ing the early years of the 20th cen­tury.

War­low, who will play the lead in Dr Zhivago The Mu­si­cal when the new stage show makes its world pre­miere at the Lyric The­atre in Syd­ney next Fe­bru­ary, has had some ex­pe­ri­ences in far­away lands that let him see life through the ide­al­is­tic char­ac­ter’s eyes.

One of those mo­ments came when War­low was hol­i­day­ing in Aus­tria dur­ing a harsh win­ter.

‘‘ I was stay­ing in a small town in Aus­tria and be­ing driven on the au­to­bahn by a friend of the fam­ily,’’ he says.

‘‘ We were stopped be­cause bad weather was rolling in, and ad­vised to turn back, but some peo­ple were stub­born and kept go­ing be­cause they thought the storm would blow over.

‘‘ We heard later that two peo­ple had died when they stayed with their car with the heater on to keep warm, but when that went off and the tem­per­a­ture dropped to mi­nus some­thing, they ex­pired.

‘‘ When we were driv­ing home, it was sun­set and there was a wheat field cov­ered in snow and ice and the wheat was grow­ing up through the white.

‘‘ The sun was the size of a 50¢ piece and I took my video cam­era out and filmed the sun placed just over the wheat, which was just above the ice,

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