New in 2018 In 1917 Zurich, a British military official imagines a meeting between James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin, performed in the style of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," in a revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony-winning play.
From the producers: The Tony Award-winning Best Play returns to Broadway in a “near-miraculous production” of “mind-bending splendor” (The New York Times). In 1917 Zurich, an artist, a writer and a revolutionary collide in a kaleidoscope thrill-ride that’s “wickedly playful, intensely entertaining, infectiously theatrical” (Time Out London). Experience London’s “mind-bogglingly entertaining revival” (The Telegraph) of Tom Stoppard’s thrill-ride through the worlds of art and revolution in 1917 Switzerland...and in the maze of one man’s memory.
"Travesties" was first produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London in 1974 by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It transferred to New York, opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 1975, eventually picking up the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play in 1976. The new revival was performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016. The production broke box office records, becoming the first play in the company’s history to sell out ahead of its first preview. In February 2017 the play, and company, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London, where the run continued until April 2017.
BAFTA winner and Olivier Award nominee Tom Hollander reprises his role as Henry Carr from the Menier Chocolate Factory and West End engagements. He leads a cast that includes his London co-star Peter McDonald, as well as Seth Numrich, Dan Butler, 2-time Olivier Award nominee Scarlett Strallen, Sara Topham, Opal Alladin and Patrick Kerr. Tony nominee Patrick Marber ("After Miss Julie," "Closer") directs.
What's the Roundabout? One of the great nonprofit dreadnoughts of the New York theater scene, the Roundabout has three Broadway venues and an Off-Broadway stage in midtown. Prominent artists are usually engaged, significant work is usually done, and even at the smallest of the theaters, the work has the uniform quality that one would expect from such a large and prominent shop. More here.
Devilishly clever...an olio of genres - farce, spy story, seminar, musical, history lesson, absurdist prank - with mixed-in orts of culture high and low. In Marber's well-judged and high-spirited revival, the result is inviting rather than snobbishly exclusive, and the structural and verbal dazzle are offset with subtle suggestions of elegy. Even if you can't solve it all as you watch, it's a pleasure to engage with a production that does "Travesties" full justice.
Director Marber keeps Stoppard's verbal ballet moving briskly, occasionally slowing the action down just enough to let the narrative (and the audience) breathe. "Travesties'" ratatat bursts of farce and romance and political theory may be too discursive to ever quite nail down exactly what it's all about, other than everything. Still, one line from early in the first act does seem especially apropos, even if it undersells the frenetic wonders within: "It may be nonsense, but at least it's clever nonsense."