NEWS: New Tom Stoppard Play to Premiere in London

It has been confirmed that Tom Stoppard’s play Leopoldstadt will premiere at the Wyndham’s Theatre from the 25th January 2020.

Sonia Friedman productions has today announced the world premiere production of Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt will take place at the Wyndham’s Theatre next year.

Directed by Patrick Marber, the production will be the sixth collaboration between Stoppard, Marber and Friedman who last collaborated on Travesties in 2017.

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt.

Leopoldstadt is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. “My grandfather wore a caftan,” says Hermann, a factory owner, “my father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner.”  It was not to last. Over the next fifty years this family, like millions of others, was to re-discover what it meant to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.

Tom Stoppard’s previous plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, New Found Land, Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (a play for actors and orchestra written with André Previn) and Night and Day.

Patrick Marber’s directing credits include: The Room as part of the Pinter at the Pinter Season, Venus In Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Apollo Theatre and The American Airlines Theater, New York, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director, The Caretaker at the Comedy Theatre, Blue Remembered Hills at the National Theatre, ‘1953’ at the Almeida and The Old Neighborhood at the Royal Court Theatre.

Leopoldstadt will play at the Wyndham’s Theatre from the 25th January until the 16th May. Public booking will open on the 28th June at 10am.

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