Booking until: Saturday, 29 April 2017
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Friday, 3 February 2017
Saturday, 29 April 2017
2 hours 30 minutes
It's about time Travesties returned to delight West End audiences. And with Tom Hollander starring as as Henry Carr alongside Amy Morgan as Gwendolen, Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara, Clare Foster and Forbes Masson, it's shaping up to be an experience you won't forget in a hurry.
The production quickly sold out for the entire initial run at the Menier and attracted fantastic reviews. The Telegraph claims that Tom Hollander is “hilarious in this mind-bogglingly entertaining Stoppard revival", and as The Independent says, the Director "Marber’s ace production revels in the play’s riotous plenty". Add design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Neil Austin, and sound design by Adam Cork, who also penned the original score, and it's looking like a winner.
Travesties – The story
The plot? Travesties mostly takes place in First World War Zürich, Switzerland, and follows English consul official Henry Carr, a resident of the city who's on good terms with a group of fascinating people including Lenin, the Dada art movement founder Tristan Tzara, and the author James Joyce. As Carr fondly remembers his experiences living in the city, at a time when political and artistic revolutions collided head on, he manages to muddle up the folk he actually met in Zurich with the characters from Oscar Wilde's popular comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Underneath all the typical Stoppardian intellectual playfulness there's a powerful running debate about the purpose of art, shot through with scepticism. The result is mischievous, buoyant, energetic and very funny, as the main protagonist Carr re-imagines himself as a pivotal player in the political, artistic and literary revolutions of the time, events that went on to define the 1900s. Travesties won the 1976 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, a Tony for Best Play and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, and it comes highly recommended.
What to expect:Acting:
based on 38 reviews
Very funny, enhanced by hilarious staging!
Susan London Box Office customer
Theatre at its best.
Lucy London Box Office customer
Thought For Today
Different layers and levels to enjoy. The immediate comedy,romp and physical fun but with the constant provocation of thinking about what should be questioned................ Art,Politics............its leaders The professional accomplishment and versatility of the actors was splendid.
Jo London Box Office customer
Travesties was an outstandingly funny and quick-paced production. I left the theatre laughing. At the same time it was thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating.
Paul London Box Office customer
We left at the interval
My son and I attended Travesties last night with great expectations of an enjoyable evening. The play's content and humour was not to our taste. We found it tedious and pretentious and not at all amusing. If you are highly intellectual and enjoy this sort of thing, fair enough. But if you are looking for a good belly laugh - look elsewhere. I am in my late 60s and this is only the second time in my life that I have left a play before the end. Very disappointing.
David London Box Office customer
Energetic totally absorbing
Make sure you read the synopsis This is a faultless experience - superbly acted by the whole cast a fast and furious evening.
Henrietta London Box Office customer
Brilliant clever play
I saw Travesties when it was first staged many years ago. Tom Stoppard is such a clever author - a very funny,intelligent play. The acting was superb and Tom Hollander's performance quite brilliant. A wonderful 2.5 hours of theatre.
Diana London Box Office customer
Charlotte London Box Office customer
Brilliantly clever play performed to perfection by highly intelligent actors
A witty literary and historic feast
Jane London Box Office customer
amazing acting by all the actors, especially Tom Hollander whose expressions and mannerisms made the story.
Jane London Box Office customer
Concentrate in case you're tested later
Fast paced brilliant acting, but felt left out of the ' in crowd' Should have prepared....
Lisa London Box Office customer
Play was great but seats unsatisfactory. If booking seats with restricted vision be sure to ring the box office to discuss the level of restriction and leg room.
Penny London Box Office customer
Fantastic and thought provoking.
Liked the format of the show and the way it kept restarting and presenting a different point of view. It was very witty, very funny and approachable. Tom Hollander was excellent but all members of the cast were too.
Jackie London Box Office customer
This is a very clever play. Intellectually challenging and rapid dialogue means you don't always get the jokes, but they are thick and fast and very funny. Probably worth reading the play or even seeing it again. Very thought provoking. Definitely worth seeing.
Andrew London Box Office customer
Witty, unusual, clever
I loved this show. Wasnt sure what to expect and dredged up some rusty history as it went along. I think some foreign visitors could have missed elements of the play and having a programme would be a real advantage, or pre knowledge of Dada, James Joyce etc. Despite the depth all the actors were brilliant, word perfect and multi-talented, being able to play musical instruments too. It was humourous in the asides and facial expressions to the audience. There is the conflict re the validity of art at a time of war and how it enriches life or is a luxury. Great opening scene and coudn't wait to get back for the second half after the interval. Pace was held all the way through. Bad luck those who will not get to see it. A triumph.
Barbara London Box Office customer
A briliant piece of theatre
Andrew London Box Office customer
A brilliantly funny production of Stoppard at his most dense. If you've read Joyce, Lenin, know something about art and above all are familiar with 'The Importance of Being Earnest' you will love this densely allusive philosophical meditation on art/chance/ memory. Freddie Fox is gorgeous, Tom Hollander amazing.. Lenin's wife has an astonishing voice. As a very frequent theatre goer this is one of the best things I've ever seen; great theatrical effects, fast-paced, great set.
dosha London Box Office customer
Challenging and rewarding
Tony London Box Office customer
Great Fun history lesson
Mervyn London Box Office customer
An exhilarating play which captivates the minds as well as creating helpless laughter and leaps of joy. Miss it at your peril i a grey world.
Carolyn Stewart London Box Office customer
Ian London Box Office customer
A classic, beautifully written, thought provoking and enormously entertaining.
Travesties is very engaging; best not to lose focus for a second there is so much in the script as well as in the characterisation. It's an interesting and quirky treatment of period of time in 1917 when key personalities cam together in Zürich. Really great play for anyone who has been interested in or bemused by the work of James Joyce. There are insights into the Russian revolution with one or two poignant references to WW!. There is so much in it that I would go again to catch some gems which I'm sure I missed. Although it is not one of Stoppard's recent works, it appears fresh and original.
Margaret London Box Office customer
wonderful play, wonderful acting
Tom Stoppard is a staggeringly good writer - his language, allusions, etc are fascinating - it was beautifully produced, a hilarious joy to see One of the best plays and stagings I have seen in ages
Maya London Box Office customer
Tom Holland's was as captivating as ever
Martyn London Box Office customer
18 Apr 2017 in News
With so much great theatre on in London it's easy to miss fantastic productions. It can feel as if as soon as you get round to booking to see some critically acclaimed show it's already closing and you've lost your chance. So here's a run down of the top productions with their closing dates which you should book to see right now before they disappear in their current form.Read more
04 Nov 2016 in New Shows
The Menier Chocolate Factory's new production of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES broke their box office records by selling out ahead of its first preview.
If you missed out on tickets there’ll be another chance to see it when it transfers to the West End in February next year with TV star Tom Hollander reprising his role as Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich in 1917 who encounters a surreal mob of fictional and real life characters.Read more
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