News: Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt returns to the West End this summer

April 23, 2021
News: Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt returns to the West End this summer

Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed play Leopoldstadt is set to return to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited 12-week run from 7 August to 30 October, with casting yet to be announced.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and directed by Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt takes place at the beginning of the 20th century. A crowded, Jewish quarter of Vienna, Hermann Merz is a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, who has moved up in the world.

Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s family are at the heart of this 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.

Leopoldstadt features set design by Richard Hudson, costume design 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.

The play received its world premiere on 25 January 2020 and was originally planned for a 20-week run, before the pandemic hit the country.

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