Menier Chocolate Factory Travesties rehearsal images have been released.
Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered – and misremembered – by Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917.
When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest Henry’s mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?
The original production of Travesties won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy and the Tony award for Best Play. This first London revival in over 20 years will be directed by Patrick Marber and will star Tom Hollander.
Tom Hollander returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. His theatre credits include A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Hotel in Amsterdam, The Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse), The Judas Kiss (Playhouse Theatre and Broadway), The Government Inspector and Tartuffe (Almeida Theatre). His television credits include Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, Rev. and Absolutely Fabulous. For film, his credits include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
Tom Stoppard is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. His plays include The Hard Problem, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Night and Day, The Real Thing,Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock’n’Roll. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films Brazil, Shakespeare in Love and The Russia House. He has received an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. He was knighted in 1997.
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As a director, Patrick Marber ‘s work includes Steve Coogan / John Thompson in Characters(Edinburgh/Purcell Room/Touring), and his own plays Dealer’s Choice (National Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), Closer (National Theatre/Lyric Theatre/Broadway), Howard Katz and Three Days In the Country (both National Theatre). Other productions include 1953 (Almeida Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court at Duke of York’s Theatre) and The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre).
Menier Chocolate Factory
53 Southwark Street
London, SE1 1RU
Running time: TBC
22nd September to 19th November 2016