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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
Reviews / Features
This intelligent but baffling play is Tom Stoppard at his finest. I have mixed feeling towards Stoppard as his quality of work can range from the disappointing Hard Problem (National Theatre 2015) to the entertaining in the form of the recent Hapgood revival at the Hampstead Theatre. Stoppard’s 1976 piece Travesties reflects a different time and perhaps a different man.
3 Mar, 2017 | By Shanine Salmon
Tom Stoppard's Travesties makes the move to the West End
Following a record breaking run at Menier Chocolate Factory where tickets sold-out in advance of the first preview, Stoppard's Travesties is transferring to the Apollo Theatre for a limited 12 week run. The show received 5-star reviews from numerous publications including the Sunday Times and Telegraph and was described by Sarah Compton as "a scintillating production. . . a thrilling mix of fact and fiction," in her own five-star review
2 Nov, 2016 | By Sarah Gengenbach