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Tom Stoppard's Travesties at the Menier
Patrick Marber will direct a revival of Tom Stoppard's Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 4 October 2016.
The Menier Chocolate Factory in south London have announced that they will present a revival of Tom Stoppard's Travesties that will run at their Southwark based venue from 4 October to 19 November 2016, following previews from 22 September.
This new production will be directed by Patrick Marber and is set to star Tom Hollander in the role of Henry Carr, with further cast and creative team to be announced.
Travesties follows Henry Carr, an elderly man who reminisces about Zürich in 1917 during the First World War. The comedy explores his interactions with figures from history who were also living in the city at that time, including James Joyce who was part way through writing his epic 'Ulysses', Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada, and Lenin on the even of the Russian Revolution. The play is framed within Carr's starring role in a Zürich production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and uses elements of the play and scenes to explore themes of war, art and revolution.
Stoppard's play premiered at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End in 1974 in a production directed by Peter Wood for the Royal Shakespeare Company. It later transferred to the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City where it went on to win the 1976 Tony Award for Best Play.
Tom Hollander's theatre credits include A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Threepenny Opera (Donmar) and Mojo (Royal Court).
Tickets for the production are not yet on sale.