Leopoldstadt at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
Leopoldstadt at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

Leopoldstadt

About the show

Tom Stoppard returns to the West End in 2020 for the world premiere of his most personal play yet, Leopoldstadt. Inspired by his own Jewish heritage and history, this passionate and heart-breaking drama follows one family’s journey across the tumultuous first half of the 20th century.

Vienna in 1900 was a thriving and vibrant place for the Jewish population. After being granted full rights by Emperor Franz Josef a century earlier, thousands of people fled pogroms and oppression in the East to converge on the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. As freedom gave life to prosperity, however, the rise of fascism across Europe was heralding a new era of violence. Stoppard’s play focuses on one family across multi-generations, as they rediscover what it means to be Jewish over the course of 50 years.

Leopoldstadt features a cast of 24 including Adrian Scarborough, Dorothea Myer Bennett, Natalie Law, Sam Hoare, Mark Edel-Hunt, Jenna Augen and Caroline Gruber.

Tom Stoppard is one of the UK’s most prolific and celebrated playwrights, whose debut, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966), remains a huge cultural touchstone in British theatre. He won the Olivier Award for Best New Play for Arcadia in 1994, and an Academy Award for his work on Shakespeare in Love (1998). Leopoldstadt is his first play since 2015’s The Hard Problem.

The play is directed by Patrick Marber, who is best-known as the screenwriter of Closer (2004). He has previously directed Stoppard’s work in a revival of Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016; the production later transferred to the Apollo Theatre in 2017. Leopoldstadt is produced by Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), with other creatives to be confirmed.

Both an intimate portrait of one family and an epic story about oppression, injustice and faith, Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre opens for a limited season on 25 January 2020.

Recommended for

Any fans of Stoppard shouldn’t hesitate to secure tickets for his first play in five years. With some autobiographical elements and a reportedly large cast, Leopoldstadt will be a truly epic and hard-hitting production on the West End.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 25 Jan 2020
Press night: 12 Feb 2020
Booking from: 01 Jun 2020
Booking until: 13 Jun 2020

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

106 Reviews Add review

So glad I saw this play. It commences in Vienna in 1899 and goes up to 1955 following a Jewish family. The good times and bad. There... More

mariabell 5'10, 54 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Well written story of a Jewish family hoping to assimilate into Viennese society at end of 19th century. Continues for 50 years through... More

christined20 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Before the show, old black and white photos are displayed on the screen - I was soon to start wishing that I had sat just a little... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The latest Tom Stoppard play, and worth waiting for! The story of several generations of one extended Jewish family in Austria over... More

alisonb 5'8", 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Tom Stoppard's last play (or so he says) features an enormous cast, portraying a Viennese Jewish family over a period of more than... More

stuartw13 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Beautifully written and told, the acting is subtle but honest and the play really packs a punch at the end.

rikkiONshow 178cm, 355 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Excellent production, fantastic acting apart from the scene when the Nazis come to the flat during the Second World War period. Felt... More

pumpkin08 5' 1", 88 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This play is perfection from start to finish! An absolutely Tom Stoppard masterpiece unlike any of his other plays I have seen.

coopersheppard 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found the first act a bit slow and eventful although they are setting the scene. The second act is much more powerful and emotional. More

franm 5"7in, 44 reviews, 2 helpful votes