About the showTom Stoppard’s first play in five years, Leopoldstadt, opens on the West End in 2020, tracing the fortunes and tragedies of one Jewish family over half a century. Catch this world premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 January 2020.
Opening in turn-of-the-century Vienna, Leopoldstadt reflects on the freedom granted Jewish people by Emperor Franz Josef 100 years earlier, and the opportunity for prosperity gained by people fleeing from the oppressive East into the Jewish quarter of the city. Following one family’s turn in fortune from rags to riches, Stoppard applies his keen eye to the rise of Nazism in the early 20th century and its effects on the community.
The cast for Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre will be announced at a later date.
Tom Stoppard is a prolific, award-winning playwright perhaps still best-known for his first play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966). Having won the Olivier Award for Best New Play for Arcadia in 1994, Leopoldstadt marks his return to the West End, and his first staged play since The Hard Problem at the National Theatre (2015).
Leopoldstadt is directed by Patrick Marber (Closer, 2004) who directed a revival of Stoppard’s Travesties in 2016 and 2017. Other creatives are yet to be confirmed.
Marking an exciting return from one of our best playwrights, Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre is sure to be an emotional and epic meditation on religion and humanity. Don’t miss its world premiere on 25 January 2020.
Who Should See It?Any theatre fans will want to secure tickets for the return of Tom Stoppard's inimitable work to the London stage. With a sweeping historical story about a topic that remains in living memory, Leopoldstadt is definitely a theatrical event for 2020 you won't want to miss.