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Tom Stoppard’s Travesties coming to the Apollo Theatre in London!
'Patrick Marber’s near-miraculous production' -- The New York Times
A dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered and misremembered by Henry Carr - a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917.
When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest Henry’s mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?
The original production of Travesties won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy and the Tony award for Best Play. This first London revival in over 20 years will be directed by Patrick Marber and will star Tom Hollander.
Tom Hollander returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. His theatre credits include A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Hotel in Amsterdam, The Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse), The Judas Kiss (Playhouse Theatre and Broadway), The Government Inspector and Tartuffe (Almeida Theatre). His television credits include Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, Rev. and Absolutely Fabulous. For film, his credits include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Tom Stoppard is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. His plays include The Hard Problem, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock'n'Roll. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films Brazil, Shakespeare in Love and The Russia House. He has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. He was knighted in 1997.
As a director, Patrick Marber 's work includes Steve Coogan / John Thompson in Characters (Edinburgh/Purcell Room/Touring), and his own plays Dealer's Choice (National Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), Closer (National Theatre/Lyric Theatre/Broadway), Howard Katz and Three Days In the Country (both National Theatre). Other productions include 1953 (Almeida Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court at Duke of York's Theatre) and The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre).
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Running time2hrs 30mins including a 15-minute interval
Performance dates3 February - 29 April 2017. Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Christine Mair4th May
Amazing, intelligent, and brilliantly comedic - all around tur de force by actors and director.
Neville Joseph2nd May
It was spoiled for me because I ordered good seats and when I arrived st the theatre I found I had been put in restricted view ones, although better seats were available at the time I booked. I strongly object to this swindle
Laura York2nd May
Tom Hollander is wonderfully hilarious in the role and complimented well by the ensemble. Special kudos to the brilliant Freddie Fox too
Helen Gibbons1st May
This was the most disappointing production we have ever been to. The diction was not very clear, the script was often turgid, plot was confusing and did not do justice to the excellent cast. This was a special birthday present and I bought front of Dress Circle seats which are expensive. It was so bad we left and did not return for Act 2. Sadly this was the last showing so my views will be of no consequence.
Wendy Megeney30th April
Stoppard succeeds in making you feel sluggish and dull by the furious pace, wit and ingenuity of this cleverly interwoven piece. Never one to read up on a play, I wished I had scanned a synopsis of this one so I could have at least hit the ground walking.... Nevertheless, you hang on in, determined to try and catch up with the author and the effort is very worthwhile. Hollander is a joy, holding the audience in to his war-traumatised, egoistic Carr who navigates you through the piece. Cecily and Tzara, though played with panache, sometimes sacrificed clarity of delivery for comic effect. Gwendolyn sings well and gives a well timed, warm performance. Lenin provides an uncanny likeness in pastiche. All mix in a dream-like combination of historical fact and music hall farce. You must see this play at least twice to have any chance of keeping up with, comprehending and fully appreciating it but it will be worth it.
G Savona30th April
Slickly staged but very disappointing. Saw the original production, which carefully maintained balance between intellectual content and farcical form. The revival privileges farce to the detriment of the play's meditations on culture and society.
The play was fantastic. Unfortunately from the rear of the dress circle I was unable to see more than half of the stage at any time.
Armorel Hanham29th April
Fabulous theatre , great evening with an utterly brilliant performance from Tom Hollander and the rest of the cast.
Michaela Leach29th April
Excellent production, wonderful acting. Stoppard at his best, rendered magnificently. Must see.
Alan Calder28th April
Travesties was one of the best shows I've seem for ages. A clever script wonderfully delivered by an excellent cast. Tom Hollander was outstanding.
Denise Dix-D'hondt28th April
We had an hilarious night out ! Perfect execution of a classic Stoppard play !
Mr Philpot-Howard27th April
A tremendously stimulating and brilliantly acted & directed play. Needs constant concentration - a little bit of background knowledge (about The Importance of Being Earnest) would help!