In Tom Stoppard’s most personal play to date, Leopoldstadt will receive its world premiere at the Wyndham’s in January 2020. Inspired by Stoppard’s family history, the play is set in the old Jewish quarter of Vienna, as a pious Jewish family reflect upon their religious identity in the twentieth century. Culturally pertinent and relevant, Patrick Marber directs Stoppard’s first play in five years, set to be an intimate drama with an emotional heart.
Leopoldstadt is written by Tom Stoppard, returning to the West End with an original play for the first time in five years. Writing over 30 plays throughout his career, notable plays include The Hard Problem, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Coast of Utopia and the Olivier Award-winning play Arcadia. Stoppard’s screenwriting credits include Shakespeare in Love and The Russia House.
Although casting for Leopoldstadt is yet to be announced, previous actors to have starred in a Tom Stoppard play include Daniel Radcliffe in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Old Vic and Felicity Kendall and Bill Nighy in Arcadia.
Leopoldstadt is directed by Patrick Marber, who has previously worked with Stoppard on Travesties at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Marber has written and directed notable productions including Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant at the Wyndham’s Theatre and National Theatre productions of Dealer’s Choice, Exit the King and Three Days in the Country.
In Vienna in 1900, the city was vibrant and bustling with intellectual excitement and 10% of the city’s population were Jews. A generation earlier, they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef, with hundreds of thousands fleeing from the Pale and Eastern pogroms to the crowded tenements of Leopoldstadt, located in the Jewish quarter of Vienna.
A passionate drama of love and endurance, Leopoldstadt follows a family as they rediscover what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century.
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