Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre in London

Leopoldstadt to get TV remake directed by Stephen Daldry

A limited TV series is rumoured to be in development based on Tom Stoppard’s award-winning play Leopoldstadt.

Patrick Marber (Closer), who directed Leopoldstadt on stage, is attached to write the screenplay, with Stephen Daldry (Stranger Things: The First Shadow, The Crown) to direct.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin will be producing.

Leopoldstadt was a huge hit in London in 2022 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, winning a Best New Play Olivier Award, and is now running on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre until 2 July.

Last week the show took home the Drama League 2023 Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, and won 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards 2023, for Outstanding New Broadway Play, Outstanding Director of a Play for Patrick Marber, and Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Play for Brandon Uranowitz.

The Broadway production is also up for an impressive 6 Tony Awards, including Best New Play.

Leopoldstadt charts the life of a Jewish family in Vienna over a 50 year period, from the beginning of the 20th Century, to the devastation of World War II.

Spielberg’s Amblin have a number of theatrically connected movies or series underway at the moment, another being the big screen adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet directed by Chloé Zhao- with casting rumours including Jessie Buckley and Paul Mescal. The RSC’s stage production of Hamnet is currently wowing audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon, and transfers to the West End’s Garrick Theatre in September.

Stephen Daldry’s immediate projects include a TV-to-stage production of Netflix hit Stranger Things, with Stranger Thing: The First Shadow coming to the Phoenix Theatre in London from November 2023.

This news was first reported in Deadline.

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