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Sonia Friedman Productions have announced the full casting for Leopoldstadt, a brand new play written by Tom Stoppard and making its world premiere in London’s West End next year.
Patrick Marber will direct the play, starring Adrian Scarborough and Luke Thallon among the huge cast. Set design comes courtesy of Richard Hudson, with costumes by Brigitte Reiffunsteul, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle.
Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Faye Castelow, Joe Coen, Felicity Davidson, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Avye Leventis, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Sadie Shimmin, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld, Alexis Zegerman
Jarlan Bogolubov, Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone, Montague Rapstone, Ramsay Robertson, Joshua Schneider
The news follows a four-week extension to the play’s run, now booking from 25 January – 13 June 2020 at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
Described as Stoppard’s most humane and heartbreaking play to date, Leopoldstadt is set in Vienna in 1900, a vibrant city full of artists and intellectuals enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jewish, who had fled there in their hundreds of thousands, finding sanctuary in the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt.
The intimate drama tells the story of a family who created a better life for themselves, but would soon re-discover, like many other families over the next 50 years, what it would mean to be Jewish during the first half of the 20th century.
Ultimately, Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss.
The play was written by the internationally renowned award-winning writer Tom Stoppard, whose other plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, New Found Land, Dogg’s Hamlet, Travesties, Night and Day, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia, Rock ‘n’ Roll and, most recently, The Hard Problem.
Leopoldstadt will be directed by Patrick Marber, whose credits include Dealer’s Choice at the National Theatre, Don Juan in Soho at Wyndham’s Theatre and Travesties at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Apollo Theatre and The American Airlines Theater, New York, which earned the director a Tony Award nomination.
Leopoldstadt will run from 25 January – 13 June 2020 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
Tickets to see Leopoldstadt are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk