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Closed April 29, 2017

Tom Hollander is hilarious in this mind-bogglingly entertaining Stoppard

The Telegraph

Why See Travesties?

Transferring to the West End in 2017

Following its critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tom Hollander will once again reprise his role as unreliable narrator Henry Carr in Stoppard's deliciously dark comedy Travesties. This clever meditation on art, war, and politics is retold through the eyes of a decidedly unremarkable British consular clerk stationed in 1917 Zurich, as he meets a host of iconic figures that makes him question his sanity, and his place in the fast-changing world amidst the background of the Great War. Told through the fog of memory, Stoppard's play celebrates all that he was famed for, with witty repartee, farcical word play and good-old fashioned comedy.

Stoppard's seminal play

Based on the true experiences of consular clerk Henry Carr, Travesties introduces us to three famed residents of the city (modernist James Joyce pre-Ulysesses, Tristan Tzara the Dadaist and Lenin before the Revolution). Told through the production of The Importance of Being Earnest they meet on, this fictional meeting becomes a intricate web, battling misunderstandings and mistaken identities whilst asking complex questions. As Henry reminisces he comes to that he is in fact, an unreliable narrator, laying out his memories and perceptions in a labyrinth as philosophy battles whimsy at every turn.

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Dates

Previews from: 3 February 2017

Opening night: 15 February 2017

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

TBC

Cast and Creative

Cast

Tom Hollander as Henry Carr
Freddie Fox as Tristan Tzara
Peter McDonald as James Joyce
Clare Foster as Cecily
Forbes Masson as Lenin
Amy Morgan as Gwendolen
Sarah Quist as Nadya
Tim Wallers as Bennett

Creative

Directed by Patrick Merber
Written by Tom Stoppard

Awards

Nominations

Olivier Awards 2017
Best Revival
Best Sound Design
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor

What's On Stage Awards 2017
Best Play Revival

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