New Tom Stoppard play Leopoldstadt to premiere in the West End in January 2020
A new play by Tom Stoppard, titled Leopoldstadt, is set to open at Wyndham’s Theatre in January 2020.
The play is set in 1900 Vienna, where 1/10 of the population are Jewish, and is said to drawn on the personal experience of Stoppard, whose grandparents and died in Nazi concentration camps during the war.
It is his first new play since The Hard Problem at the National Theatre in 2015, and is described as a ‘passionate drama of love, family and endurance’ which follows a Jewish family across half a century.
Leopoldstadt will be directed by Patrick Marber, and reunites the writer and director after their success with Travesties, which ran at the Menier before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
Casting for the play is yet to be announced.
Recent productions of Stoppard’s work include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic starring Daniel Radcliffe, and a stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, for which he wrote the screenplay, ran at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2014.
Marber’s recent directorial credits include Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Exit the King at the National Theatre, and Don Juan in Soho at Wyndham’s Theatre.
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