News: Cast announced for Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt in the West End

July 13, 2021
News: Cast announced for Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt in the West End
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Cast has been confirmed for the return of Sonia Friedman Productions’ Leopoldstadt in the West End.

Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning play returns to Wyndham’s Theatre from 7 August to 30 October for a limited 12-week run, directed by Patrick Marber.

Full casting includes Cara Ballingall as Jana, Arty Froushan as Leo, Aidan McArdle as Hermann and Macy Nyman as Hermine, alongside original cast members Sebastian Armesto as Jacob/Nathan/Ludwig, Jenna Augen as Rosa, Rhys Bailey as Young Nathan, Faye Castelow as Gretl, Joe Coen as Policeman/Zac, Felicity Davidson as Hilde, Mark Edel-Hunt as Civilian/Fritz, Clara Francis as Wilma, Ilan Galkoff as Pauli, Caroline Gruber as Emilia, Sam Hoare as Percy, Natalie Law as Hanna, Avye Leventis as Sally, Noof Ousellam as Otto, Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Eva, Jake Neads as Mohel/Policeman, Aaron Neil as Ernst, Alexander Newland as Kurt, Sadie Shimmin as Poldi, Griffin Stevens as Aaron and Eleanor Wyld as Nellie.

Children’s cast includes Noa Alberts, Rocco Brenner, Atticus Collier, Willa Collier, Aidan Greenberg, Mae Sarner Henson, Aidan Herrmann, Lexi Hudaly, Audrey Kattan, Ollie Kohn, Max Lester, Mace Phoenix, Leo Roberts, Osian Salter, Raphael Shbero and Shoshana Shbero.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama.

By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn’t ended yet.

Set designs are by Richard Hudson, with costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.

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