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Saturday, 25 January 2020
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In 1900, Vienna was special. It was a garden of intellectual delights, a place where one in ten of the population was Jewish and the Jewish people were free to thrive thanks to a civil rights edict by Emperor Franz Josef. As a result Jews flowed into the city from far and wide, escaping persecution elsewhere. Sadly things were about to change, and this brilliant new play from Tom Stoppard tracks the fortunes of one family through an extraordinary time as they're forced to realise, yet again, what it means to be persecuted. Because the playwright Tom Stoppard's four grandparents, and much of the rest of his family, were killed in Nazi concentration camps, this play is especially poignant.
Passion, love, endurance and loss sit at the heart of this splendid new piece. Leopoldstadt previews at Wyndham's Theatre from late January 2020 and it's on for a limited run of 16 weeks. It's Stoppard's first new play since 2015's The Hard Problem and is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions as well as directed by Patrick Marber. Marber has directed many, many exceptional plays including Dealer's Choice, After Miss Julie, and Exit the King, and Sonia Friedman Productions has brought us more than 160 dazzling productions, many of which have won the company awards: 55 Oliviers, 30 Tonys, and 2 BAFTAs. Don't miss this brand new classic-in-the-making.