The Olivier Award-winning new 'masterwork' (Evening Standard) by Tom Stoppard opened to overwhelming critical acclaim in early 2020, playing seven weeks of sold-out performances, before being temporarily shut down. Since then, the grand Viennese apartment on Wyndham's stage has waited for a great reawakening, as audiences eagerly anticipate the return of Leopoldstadt. Now, Stoppard’s ‘unforgettable play from the heart’ (The Telegraph) re-opens in the West End for 12 weeks only!
At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann's extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard's epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and - for Austrian Jews - the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn't ended yet.
A 'masterpiece' (Independent) directed by Patrick Marber, Leopoldstadt is Tom Stoppard's most humane and heart-breaking play. Don't miss it.
Age recommendation: 12+
It is personal and epic; it is triumphant and elegiac; it is massive and yet streamlined
Tense, touching and timely
This is a powerful, important new play from one of our greatest living playwrights that, should it prove to be his swansong, means he has gone out on a significant high, even as he dramatises a low point on world history
Tom Stoppard’s shiveringly sensual journey through the terrible 20th century is a masterpiece
A fantastically executed, moving play about identity, family and memory
With an immense accumulative power that leaves audiences awed and tearful
The play ends with a reckoning with history that is surely Stoppard's own, in keeping with a playwright only made aware of his Jewish ancestry in later life
Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt is both epic and intimate
Tom Stoppard’s alleged final play sees him go out on an almighty high, in a weighty and moving drama about the rise and fall of Vienna’s Jewish population
Tom Stoppard delivers an unforgettable (perhaps final) play from the heart
Tom Stoppard's new masterwork is an early contender for play of the year
It's an evening that leaves many people in tears. It left me profoundly moved but also full of thought and understanding
Stately and supremely moving new work from the country’s greatest living playwright
Stoppard’s exploration of his religious and ethnic roots make for a thought-provoking piece
Moments of poignancy cannot save Tom Stoppard epic