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LEOPOLDSTADT

LEOPOLDSTADT

Synopsis

Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt is coming to the West End on 25 January 2020

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands had fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt.

Regarded as Britain’s greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. “My grandfather wore a caftan,” says Hermann, a factory owner, “My father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner.”

It was not to last. Half a century later, this family, like millions of others, has re-discovered what it means to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century.

Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.

 

Event details

Tue 17 Mar 2020, 7:30pm

Captioned by STAGETEXT

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Venue details

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DA

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