All the world is Warlow’s stage
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,