Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ
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Opened: 03 Feb 2017
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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  • shaun 5"10 male 30 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating Travesties, 13th February 2017
    Fantastic play. Stoppard's writing is incredibly fast paced and hilarious. Despite being about Lenin, Joyce and Tzara it doesn't fall into the trap of becoming too self-reverential and is still very accessible even to those who have little knowledge of the trio. It is a surreal blend of performance, humour, dance, poetry and anything else you can think of, but somehow manages to pull it off brilliantly. Freddie Fox is particularly brilliant as the flamboyant Tristan Tzara.
    Considering it is basically the furthest back seat in the theatre and one of the cheapest, it really isn't too bad. The Grand Circle is very raked so people's heads do not get in the way. The very front of the stage is cut off, but for most productions I doubt this would affect it at all. The main downside is that you feel quite distant and looking down upon the action. Comfort and legroom are fine but nothing amazing.
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    View from Grand Circle F12
  • sondheimkid 170 male 103 reviews 23 helpful votes
    100% total rating Travesties, 10th February 2017
    Outstanding revival of a great play, masterfully directed and performed by a sensational cast.
    The view is restricted due to the curvature of the grand circle and lighting equipment rail, I'd say you miss about 30% of the stage. The seat itself is not uncomfortable, but the limited view will force you in such positions that will make your back ache and, again, due to the curvature the legroom is not the best.
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    View from Grand Circle A24
  • emilydiver 5"0 female 125 reviews 13 helpful votes
    80% total rating Travesties, 14th February 2017
    The first 10 minutes appear completely nonsensical but stick with it and it is both brilliantly hilarious and politically astute. A really great night out.
    Sat in Stalls B7
    This is the front row for Travesties. The view is fine and whilst the stage is high you don't miss any of the action (and I'm only 5 foot) and being so close up means you catch all the facial expressions. As it's the front row leg room is plentiful. The only thing I would say is that occasionally the way the lighting works can mean you are temporarily dazzled by a spotlight.
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    View from Stalls B7
  • fluffyg 8 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Travesties, 9th February 2017
    Sat in Stalls B6
    Loads of legroom as it was the front row. I'm 5'8" and my eyes were just above the level of the stage so I could see everything. Having said that, I don't think even a child would have their view significantly obstructed in this seat. Unusually wide seats for a London theatre too - very comfortable. Slight risk of being hit by cucumber sandwiches.
    B6 Stalls - Apollo Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls B6
The Stalls at the Apollo Theatre tend to give good views throughout, with the front section generally giving the best views and legroom. An overhang from the Dress Circle begins at Row H but only really has impact from Row N backwards.

The Dress Circle itself generally also gives good views, however due to a horseshoe layout, seats towards the ends of Rows A – D can feel particularly side on, however the lack of safety rails are a bonus. The Grand Circle can feel very distant and high, with a similar curve, and a safety rail at the end of each aisle can affect seats in Row B and C.
Apollo Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
The smash hit new production of Travesties, which enjoyed a hugely popular sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016, has transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End for strictly 12 week run 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 has 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 features 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 features 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 new production marks 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 is 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 until 29th April 2017.
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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.