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National Theatre Live to Broadcast Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt

l-r Aaron Neil (Ernst) & Rhys Bailey (Young Nathan), photo credit Marc Brenner.
l-r Aaron Neil (Ernst) & Rhys Bailey (Young Nathan), photo credit Marc Brenner.

Leopoldstadt will be broadcast to cinemas on 25th June with National Theatre Live.

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (The Times), Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal), is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. A passionate drama of love, family and endurance, it’s Tom Stoppard’s most humane and heartbreaking play.

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 that hasn’t ended yet.

Leopoldstadt is the sixth collaboration between Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Stoppard and reunites Stoppard, director Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal) and Friedman who last collaborated on Travesties in 2017. The show is currently playing to critical acclaim in Wyndham Theatre in London’s West End where it runs until June 13th.

The cast of over 40 includes Olivier Award winner and nominee for this role Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, NT Live: The Madness of King George III), Ed Stoppard (The Crown, Upstairs Downstairs) and Sebastian Armesto (Gold Digger, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Many of the children in the show are making their West End debuts.

National Theatre Live turned ten on 25th June last year – the date of the first-ever NT Live broadcast which was Phédre starring Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren. Over ten years over 80 theatre productions have been shown in 3500 venues worldwide, reaching an overall audience of nearly 9 million people. NT Live currently screens in 2500 venues across 65 countries.

Recent broadcasts include Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy, Present Laughter with Andrew Scott, Fleabag with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, All My Sons with Sally Field and Bill Pullman, All About Eve with Gillian Anderson and Lily James, Antony and Cleopatra with Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Julius Caesar with David Morrissey and Ben Whishaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller, Follies with Imelda Staunton, Yerma with Billie Piper, Angels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey.

Read Mary Beer’s review of Leopoldstadt

To find your nearest cinema go to http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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