Cate Blanchett has hinted at a return to the UK stage following a hiatus of five years.
The Oscar-winning actor told The Stage theatre was her “first and truest” love, but said her return might not necessarily be to the West End stage.
Her comments appear to raise doubts about reports earlier this year that she is set to star in a stage production of All About Eve in the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman.
“It may not be the West End but it‘s my first and truest love the theatre, you are very accountable and connected to your audience as an actor on stage,” she told The Stage at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards .
Blanchett added: “So yes, now I have moved back to England I would love to be on stage here – whether it’s the West End I don’t know necessarily.”
Blanchett’s last UK theatre appearance was in Big and Small  at the Barbican Theatre in 2012.
A spokesman for Friedman confirmed that the production of All About Eve was still happening, but “not for some time and the casting is unconfirmed”.