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.
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.
So looking forward to a Tom Stoppard play as spent my youth in theatres watching them all.. just dull
A moving and thought provoking play that gripped me emotionally.
Skilful blend of historical horror with warmth of family. Beautiful performances all round. Id single out Fritz the upper class officer, who brought nuance to an unsympathetic role that could have been burlesqued.
I really gripping true story about life in Vienna before and after the world wars So glad we saw it An unmissable play
Although I have not met this particular family the story describing the experience of generations of people growing up in central Europe being victims of antisemitism is very familiar. I was somewhat confused by the characters...who they were and how they were connected and by the end I was not totally sure who had survived. I guess partly this my have been deliberate as part of the 'feeling of loss' and partly my personal challenge of following the timeline and names. Overall I enjoyed the production and the themes but may need to go again now that I am more familiar with the members of the family.
An evocative and compelling remembrance by Tom Stoppard, Leopoldstadt explores themes of family, belonging, assimilation and affirmation amidst the changes brought about by political fascism and scapegoating. Well conceived, beautifully acted and directed -- see it.
Wonderful mix of comedy and tragedy. Top marks for being able to hear properly. Too often - in the "best" productions - we see actors who are so used to microphones and TV close-ups that they have not learned how to project . The "circumcision" scene - sorry, can't remember the Jewish word - was excellent. Demanding and difficult timing. Just a little more polish would have given even more comic impact.
Excellent for acting, pace and the writing. A minor point- better German pronunciation such as names Ernst and Hermann.
Excellent production beautifully staged and acted. Moving and thought provoking. We must never forget.
The most moving relevant play I have seen in a longtime It’s a play with a story which never leaves you. Best play I have had the privilege of seeing
This is the story of an old bourgeois Jewish Viennese family from late 19th century to the 1950s via the holocaust. Stoppards new play charts the harrowing passage from comfortable middle class life punctuated by acts of anti Semitic humiliation through the horrific dispossession by the Nazis to the post war desperately sad reflection on body count ,sense of alienation , trauma. The tale is well told and well acted and directed . But the play itself has flaws: a tad too much polemic . The play would have benefitted from cutting out the surplus verbiage . The last five minutes of the play are unforgettable and a handkerchief will be handy.
A terrific play. See it.
32 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA
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The cast includes Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Joe Coen, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld and Alexis Zegerman. The children’s cast, comprising three sets of five children, includes Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone and Montague Rapstone. Further adult and children’s casting will be announced at a later date.
Good To Know
The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.
How Does It Work
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Please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.
When Can I Go
25th January - 16th May 2020
Where Do I Go
Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0DA