After breaking box office records, becoming the quickest selling play ever at the Menier Chocolate Factory, entirely selling out even before it had its first preview, this revival of Tom Stoppard’s classic play received a welcomed move to the West End in 2017.
Travesties was first performed at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974 and featured John Wood and John Hurt in the lead roles before transferring to New York. The play received rave reviews, winning the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.
The play tells the story of Henry Carr, an old man who recollects his time in Zurich in 1917 during the First World War and his meetings with James Joyce during the writing of Ulysses, Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada and Lenin in the build up to the Russian Revolution, all of which were living in the city at that time.
Travesties featured Tom Hollander in the lead role of Henry Carr. Hollander is one of the country’s most prolific actors, having a hugely varied career that has encompassed everything from comedic roles such as in the Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean and British political satire In The Loop to having leading roles in period dramas such as Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park.
Hollander’s career is not only confined to the screen however having first made his name winning the 1992 Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Witwoud in The Way Of The World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. His other acclaimed roles have also included George Feydeau in A Flea in Her Ear at the Old Vic and Khlestakov in The Government Inspector at the Almeida Theatre.
The cast also featured Amy Morgan (Red Velvet, The Beaux Stratagem and The Broken Heart) as Gwendolen Carr and Freddie Fox (Romeo & Juliet, The Judas Kiss and Hay Fever) as Tristan Tzara.
This production marked over twenty years since Tom Stoppard’s work was last seen on the West End stage. Stoppard is often thought of as one of the greatest dramatists of our generation, having won four Tony Awards, an Academy Award and even a knighthood in recognition of his work. His career has spanned over fifty years and have included a range of hugely popular plays such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rock N Roll and Arcadia.
Travesties was one of the most exciting West End transfers of 2017, giving fans who missed out on the original run of this hugely popular revival of Stoppard’s classic play the opportunity to see it. Travesties opened at the Apollo Theatre on 3rd February 2017 for a strictly limited 12 week run and closed on 29th April 2017.
Recommended forTravesties is highly recommended for anyone who wanted to see it at the Menier Chocolate Factory after reading the rave reviews it received, however could not get tickets for its spectacular sold out run. Stoppard fans may want to make a double bill of this Stoppard revival with another, as Daniel Radcliffe will also star in a new version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic in early 2017.
Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children