Patrick Marber’s critically acclaimed production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties transfers to the West End in 2017 for a limited run at the Apollo Theatre – with over 100 tickets at each performance at just £20.
The production opens on 14 February, with previews from 3 February, and runs until 29 April. The production broke box office records at the Menier, becoming the first play in the company’s history to sell out ahead of its first preview.
Patrick Marber directs Tom Hollander as he returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. Hollander is joined by the full company from the Menier – Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Peter McDonald (James Joyce), Clare Foster (Cecily), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen), Sarah Quist (Nadya), and Tim Wallers (Bennett). Priority booking for Menier Chocolate Factory supporters goes on sale at 9am on 31 October, with public booking opening on 2 November.
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.
Tom Stoppard is a playwright and screenwriter, and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. He has written prolifically for stage, film, television and radio. His most recent play is The Hard Problem. Other plays include The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land, Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth , Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood , Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock’n’Roll. His many translations and adaptations include Tango, Undiscovered Country, On the Razzle, Three Men in a Boat, Parade’s End and Ivanov. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films Brazil, Shakespeare in Love and The Russia House. He has received an Academy Award, Olivier Award and four Tony Awards. He was knighted in 1997.
Tom Hollander returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. His theatre credits include A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Hotel in Amsterdam, The Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse), The Judas Kiss (Playhouse Theatre and Broadway), The Government Inspector, Tartuffe (Almeida Theatre), Mojo (Royal Court Theatre), Don Juan (Sheffield Theatres), The School for Scandal (National Theatre) and As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl). His television credits include Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, A Poet In New York, Rev. (co-created with James Wood), Ambassadors, Any Human Heart, The Thick Of It, Desperate Romantics, Gracie!, Headcases, John Adams, Cambridge Spies, The Lost Prince, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and Absolutely Fabulous. For film, his credits include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Riot Club, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, About Time, Hanna, The Soloist, In The Loop, Valkyrie, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, A Good Year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pride & Prejudice, Enigma and Maybe Baby.
Freddie Fox plays Tristan Tzara. His theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Garrick Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible), The Judas Kiss (Duke of York’s Theatre), Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre), Cause Célèbre, A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic) and The Last 5 Years (Barbican). His television work includes Russell T Davies’ Cucumber and Banana; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Shadow Line, Any Human Heart, Worried About the Boy and Parade’s End; and for film, Pride, The Riot Club, The Three Musketeers, St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, Frankenstein and the forthcoming Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur and Fanny Lye Deliver’d.
Cast: Tom Hollander (Henry Carr), Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Peter McDonald (James Joyce),
Clare Foster (Cecily), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen), Sarah Quist (Nadya),
Tim Wallers (Bennett)
3 February – 29 April 2017