Sydney Theatre Company has found its new Joan of Arc after Yael Stone withdrew from its 2018 production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Acclaimed for her portrayal of Lorna Morello in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Stone was a drawcard in the role but pulled out of the show when she announced in November that she was pregnant. Now celebrated actor Sarah Snook has been announced as her replacement.

“Sarah is a brilliant, fierce, luminous, mercurial actor with a history of playing strong, complicated female leads. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Joan”, said STC Resident Director Imara Savage, who will be directing Saint Joan.

Snook has starred in multiple award-winning films, theatre productions, and local and international television series. In 2015 she featured in Jocelyn Moorehouse’s movie The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, and Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man, a film based on Timothy Conigrave’s memoir. Snook has also appeared in Danny Boyle’s much acclaimed biopic Steve Jobs.

On the small screen, Snook played the lead role in Australian series The Beautiful Lie, and has appeared in The Secret River, The Moodys, Redfern Now, Spirited, Blood Brothers, Packed to the Rafters, My Place and All Saints.

Snook’s work in the theatre includes King Lear for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and three productions for the Griffin Theatre Company: Lovely/Ugly: Transformer, Crestfall, and S27. Snook appeared alongside Ralph Fiennes in Ibsen’s The Master Builder at the Old Vic in 2015.

Among her many accolades, Snook received the 2014 AACTA Award for Best Actress as well as the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Predestination.

Saint Joan plays the Roslyn Packer Theatre from June 5 – 30