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Leopoldstadt Tickets4.1/5 - based on 7 reviews
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.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (57%)
Latest customer reviews
very very boring
Reviewed on 12 March 2020 by Philip, London, United Kingdom
I am mixed about the play. Much about it - the acting, period feel and staging - is excellent. The subject too could not be more dramatic and important. Nor could it be more personal for the playwright. But purely as a play iI felt that it was something of a curate’s egg. The historical context is presented in a way that is more suited to a documentary than a drama; the sub plot of Hermann, his wife and Fritz, the army officer, is made too melodramatic; and the jokes, eg about circumcision, are vintage Stoppard but do not always harmonise well with the prevailing tone. In short a worthy, well acted and important play, but one that falls a bit short of being the masterpiece I was hoping for.
Reviewed on 05 March 2020 by Charles, London, United Kingdom
An eye-opener if you are unaware of what happened to ordinary Austrian Jewish families prior to and during WW2. A large cast, beautifully staged and costumed, acting was outstanding. You do not have to be Jewish to enjoy this play as its content can be applied to all immigrants who constantly feel they live on the fringe of society no matter how long they have lived in their country of choice and no matter what they do to try and make themselves acceptable in that society. a very topical issue.
Reviewed on 29 February 2020 by Grania, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by Katherine, Walton-on-thames, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Michael Dennis, Venice, Italy
The show reminded us of the appalling death toll of Jews in the Hitler years. It is essential for us to have these reminders in the face of Holocaust deniers. The telling thing about this production is that the way we are reminded is through an absorbing story, peopled by characters for whom we feel sympathy. We care. The programme notes (some of the best I have seen in any programme over a 40 year theatre going career) help enormously working out who is who. This is probably the main challenge of the show : there are just so many characters and it does span several decades. Yet, I think we should give Stoppard some slack over this. He is telling a very important story rooted in personal experience. The acting was super. The direction was first rate. There were one or two expository passages that could have been pruned, but all in all a wonderful production
Reviewed on 21 February 2020 by Catherine, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 February 2020 by Susan, London, United Kingdom