With Into the Woods running at the company’s home base, Funny Girl and The Truth in the West End, and Tony-winner The Color Purple on Broadway, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the full company for a major new revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties – the first London revival in over 20 years. Patrick Marber directs Clare Foster (Cecily), Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Tom Hollander (Henry Carr), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Peter McDonald (James Joyce), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen), Sarah Quist (Nadya) and Tim Wallers (Bennett). The production – which opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November – is now completely sold out, breaking Menier box office records by becoming the first play to sell out ahead of its opening in the theatre’s history.
Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin as remembered — and misremembered — by Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917.
When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry’s mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?
Travesties opened at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974, directed by Peter Wood. It won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, and a Tony Award and New York Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play for its Broadway run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.
22 September – 19 November 2016