Travesties at Apollo Theatre tickets
Travesties at Apollo Theatre tickets

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Overview

The smash hit production of Travesties, which enjoyed a hugely popular sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for a strictly 12 week run which ran from 3rd February 2017.

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 for

Travesties 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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Opened: 03 Feb 2017
Press night: 15 Feb 2017
Booking from: 28 Apr 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017

Location and map

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ

37 Reviews Add review

This intelligent but baffling play is Tom Stoppard at his finest. I have mixed feeling towards Stoppard as his quality of work can... More

braintree 155cm, 53 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Stellar performances from Tom Hollander and Freddie Fox as the muddled Henry Carr and flamboyant Tristan Tzara. It definitely help... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Fantastic play. Stoppard's writing is incredibly fast paced and hilarious. Despite being about Lenin, Joyce and Tzara it doesn't f... More

shaun 5"10, 131 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. I wasn't really sure at first and it took until just before the interval for me to get what was going ... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A stunning production of a masterpiece of a play. Hilarious in parts, poignant in others, and constantly brilliant performances fr... More

jgblunners 6'2", 126 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent. Very surreal, but wonderfully funny in places. The cast and direction were superb. Very enjoyable afternoon.

dickymail121 6'0, 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Outstanding revival of a great play, masterfully directed and performed by a sensational cast.

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 25 helpful votes

Complex, intelligent play: you have to pay attention but you're amply rewarded. Oh, and it's very funny.

palelylaura 5'10", 104 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The first 10 minutes appear completely nonsensical but stick with it and it is both brilliantly hilarious and politically astute. ... More

emilydiver 5"0, 207 reviews, 14 helpful votes