6 December 2023 - 27 January 2024
Nina Raine directs a revival of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll at Hampstead Theatre this winter.
Stoppard’s acclaimed play explores the themes of liberty, rebellion and identity through the lens of rock music and its impact on the political and cultural landscape of both England and Czechoslovakia from 1968 to 1990.
A dazzling and moving tribute to the power of music and the human spirit in times of oppression and change, Rock ‘n’ Roll runs from 13 December until 27 January 2024.
What's the story of Rock 'n' Roll?
“If I was English I wouldn’t care if Communism in Czechoslovakia reformed itself into a pile of pig shit. To be English would be my luck.”
1968: Russian tanks have rolled into Czechoslovakia, and Syd Barrett has been dumped by Pink Floyd. Jan, a visiting postgrad at Cambridge, breaks with his old professor Max, a Marxist philosopher, and heads home to Prague with his suitcase full of “socially negative music”.
Rock ’n’ Roll covers the ensuing 21 years in the lives of three generations of Max’s family while Jan is caught in the spiral of dissidence in a Communist police state. But it’s a love story too – and then there’s the music…
Who are the creative team of Rock 'n' Roll?
Written by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Nina Raine.
Tom Stoppard returns to Hampstead after the triumphant revival of Hapgood (2015). Winner of eight Evening Standard, three Olivier and five Tony Awards, Stoppard’s plays include Leopoldstadt; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; and Arcadia.
Director Nina Raine also returns to Hampstead where her directing credits include her own play Tiger Country (2011 & 2014) and William Boyd’s Longing (2013).
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
This production contains strong language, sexual references and depiction of cancer.
Venue InformationHampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Nearest Tube or Train: Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)
Nearest Buses: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268
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