Final casting is announced today for the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt. Directed by Patrick Marber and presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, it runs at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 25 January to 13 June 2020, with a press night on 12 February 2020. Tickets are now on sale via MyTheatreMates.
Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt.
Faye Castelow, Felicity Davidson, Avye Leventis and Sadie Shimmin join the previously announced adult cast – Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Joe Coen, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld and Alexis Zegerman.
Jarlan Bogolubov, Ramsay Robertson and Joshua Schneider join the previously announced children’s cast – Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone and Montague Rapstone comprising three sets of five children.
Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good.
“My grandfather wore a caftan,” says Hermann, a factory owner, “my father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner.” It was not to last. Over the next fifty years this family, like millions of others, was to re-discover what it meant to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heartbreaking play.
Leopoldstadt, the sixth collaboration between Sonia Friedman Productions and Tom Stoppard, reunites Stoppard, Marber and Friedman who last collaborated on Travesties in 2017. The new production has set designs are by Richard Hudson, with costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.
Leopoldstadt is co-produced with Gavin Kalin Productions, Scott Rudin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Scott M. Delman/Patrick Gracey in association with Rupert Gavin, 1001 Nights Productions, Nica Burns, Burnt Umber Productions, Bradford W Edgerton, Eilene Davidson Productions, Richard Winkler.
We are proud to announce the full cast for #Leopoldstadt. Patrick Marber will direct a company of 41 actors, including 3 sets of 5 children, in Tom Stoppard’s hotly anticipated new play.
— Leopoldstadt Play (@LeopoldstadtLDN) November 20, 2019