Leopoldstadt – Tom Stoppard's heartbreaking new play
Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama set in Vienna during 1900, a place of refuge for persecuted Jews from around the world and a vibrant, peaceful city. This is a new play by the brilliant Tom Stoppard, a national treasure and one of the world's finest playwrights. It's humane. It's heartbreaking. And it comes with a personal edge rarely seen in the great man's plays. Tom Stoppard had four Jewish grandparents. They, and many more members of his family, were murdered in Nazi concentration camps. No wonder this is widely regarded as his most personal play.
Leopoldstadt has taken Stoppard a year or more to write. This is Stoppard's first play since the exceptional The Hard Problem, which raised the rafters at the National Theatre in 2015. And Sonia Friedman Productions is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Leopoldstadt, directed by Patrick Marber.
Set to preview at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre from late January 2020, Leopoldstadt is on for a strictly limited run of 16 weeks. You can expect an 'intimate drama with an epic sweep' that tells the tale of a family who made good, but over the next fifty years rediscovered what it meant to be Jewish. It's a passionate drama focusing on love, endurance and loss, and it marks the sixth collaboration between the playwright and Sonia Friedman Productions, the first since 2017's smash hit Travesties.
Tom Stoppard's best-loved plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, New Found Land, and Dogg's Hamlet – and that's just the tip of an extraordinary iceberg. He has also written widely for radio, creating masterpieces like Albert's Bridge, Artist Descending a Staircase, and The Dog It Was That Died.
Patrick Marber has directed an awe-inspiring collection of work including Dealer's Choice, After Miss Julie, Exit the King, Closer, Three Days in the Country and Don Juan. He's been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director, and he's an award-winning screenwriter whose movie credits include Closer and Notes on a Scandal. Sonia Friedman Productions has been responsible for more than 160 new stage productions and collectively has won 55 Oliviers, 30 Tonys, and 2 BAFTAs. Put them together and what do you get? It's a match made in heaven!
Who is this show for?
While there isn't an official age recommendation, this play's subject matter means it's not suitable for small children. Over 14s should find it fascinating.