The Olivier Award-winning and critically-acclaimed production of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt in the West End is set to conclude its run at Wyndham’s Theatre on 30 October 2021.
Directed by Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt has its world premiere on 25 January 2020, playing its final performance before lockdown on 14 March 2020. Performances resumed on 7 August 2021, and will play until the end of this month, before visiting the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, in January next year.
Cast includes Sebastian Armesto as Jacob/Nathan/Ludwig, Jenna Augen as Rosa, Rhys Bailey as Young Nathan, Cara Ballingall as Jana, Faye Castelow as Gretl, Joe Coen as Policeman/Zac, Felicity Davidson as Hilde, Mark Edel-Hunt as Civilian/Fritz, Clara Francis as Wilma, Arty Froushan as Leo, Ilan Galkoff as Pauli, Caroline Gruber as Emilia, Sam Hoare as Percy, Natalie Law as Hanna, Avye Leventis as Sally, Aidan McArdle as Hermann, Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Eva, Jake Neads as Mohel/Policeman, Aaron Neil as Ernst, Alexander Newland as Kurt, Macy Nyman as Hermine, Noof Ousellam as Otto, Sadie Shimmin as Poldi, Griffin Stevens as Aaron, Eleanor Wyld as Nellie and Alexis Zegerman (alternate Eva), with swings Edie Newman and Dan Wolff.
Children’s cast comprises Noa Alberts, Shalev Barash, Rocco Brenner, Atticus Collier, Willa Collier, Aidan Greenberg, Mae Sarner Henson, Aidan Herrmann, Una Herrmann, Lexi Hudaly, Audrey Kattan, Amelie Kent, Ollie Kohn, Max Lester, Mace Phoenix, Leo Roberts, Osian Salter, Rafael Shbero, Shoshana Shbero and Sam Sturge.
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 for Leopoldstadt are by Richard Hudson, with costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by Emily Jane Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.
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