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Travesties by Tom Stoppard transfers to the West End's Apollo Theatre
Tom Stoppard's play returns to the West End
It has been reported by The Daily Mail that the Menier Chocolate Factory's current revival of Tom Stoppard's Travesties will transfer to the West End's Apollo Theatre, beginning performances on 3 February 2017.
The revival stars Tom Hollander as Henry Carr alongside Amy Morgan as Gwendolen, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara, Clare Foster and Forbes Masson. Full West End casting is yet to be confirmed.
The production, which sold out its entire run at the south London venue, received strong reviews: "Tom Hollander is hilarious in this mind-bogglingly entertaining Stoppard revival" (Telegraph); "Marber’s ace production revels in the play’s riotous plenty" (Independent).
Directed by Patrick Marber the production features design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Neil Austin, and sound design and original music by Adam Cork.
Set primarily in Zürich, Switzerland during the First World War, Travesties follows an English consular official, Henry Carr who is living in the city alongside a collection of intriguing personalities. These include the communist revolutionary Lenin, the founder of Dada Tristan Tzara, and Irish author James Joyce. As Carr begins to recall his memories and experiences of living in the city, he thinks about his time amongst the characters who become muddled in his mind with characters from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Travesties premiered at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974 in a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Peter Wood. It ran for 156 performances, transferring to the Albery Theatre and later the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway. It was revised by the RSC in 1993 at the Barbican Theatre directed by Adrian Noble which went on to transfer to the Savoy Theatre. It is the winner of the 1976 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.