Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award winning play Leopoldstadt will resume performances in London’s West End on 7 August 2021.
Described as Stoppard’s most personal play to date, Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. Inspired by his family history, it is an intimate drama with epic sweep. Set in the old Jewish quarter of Vienna, a pious Jewish family reflect upon their religious identity in the twentieth century.
The piece opened to critical acclaim at the Wyndham’s Theatre in January 2020 where due to popular demand, it was extended to run until 13 June of that year. Like all West End productions in 2020 it was forced to close from 15 March 2020 due to the evolving pandemic. Leopoldstadt returns for a limited 12-week run at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Patrons whose bookings were affected by the Government’s previous directives will be contacted from Friday 23 April 2021 regarding their current bookings with public booking opening at 10am on Friday 30 April 2021.
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Leopoldstadt is directed by Patrick Marber. It features set design by Richard Hudson, costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton. Casting for the new production is to be revealed.
Patrick Marber said “Tom and I visited the Leopoldstadt area of Vienna in October 2019. We started rehearsals a month later in London. The play opened in February 2020 and then had to close in March. When we gather to re-rehearse in July 2021 it will be an incredible moment for all involved. It has been a long journey. We were all thrilled by the reception this production received first time round and we’re so excited to be able to share this mighty and beautiful play with audiences again.”
Marber added “I’m so grateful to Sonia and Cameron for this opportunity and so proud to be working with these amazing and loyal actors on such a powerful, moving and painfully relevant play. I’ve admired Tom’s work since boyhood, he influenced me enormously as a fledgling playwright and now it’s my great honour and joy to be his collaborator once more.
Sonia Friedman said: “I am deeply relieved that after a year of immense loss and struggle for so many, including the unthinkable shutdown of our theatre industry, to announce the new dates for the return of Tom’s astonishing play to the West End. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of enduring love and familial bonds that asks us to bear witness to our pasts, no matter how painful that may be. The audience response throughout our seven weeks of sold-out performances before the pandemic struck in March 2020 was incredibly moving and humbling to witness. Over a year later and now having won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Leopoldstadt could not be more pertinent. I so look forward to returning to the Wyndham’s Theatre, to welcome back our very special audiences as we continue to share this epic, truly great new play.”