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.
Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (The Times), Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good.
Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. Tom Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.
Theatre includes: King Lear, Wallenstein (Chichester Festival Theatre); Damned by Despair, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Rocket to the Moon (National Theatre); Anjin: The English Samurai (Thelma Holt/HoriPro Japan) and Alaska (Royal Court).
Television includes: Silent Witness, Harlots, The Terror, Broadchurch, Apple Tree Yard, New Blood, Poldark, Toast of London, Close of the Enemy, Coalition, Murder, Complicit, Parade’s End, Zen: Ratking, Little Dorritt, The Palace, The Tudors, The Rise & Fall of Rome, The Impressionists, The Virgin Queen, Doctor Who and Hawking.
Film includes: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tulip Fever, Copenhagen, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Anonymous, Bright Star and Marie Antoinette.
Sebastian co-founded the theatre company simple8 and has adapted and co-directed all of their productions to date.
Theatre includes: Bartholomew Fair (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Criterion); The Knowledge (Charing Cross Theatre); The Witches (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Bad Jews (UK Theatre Award/The Arts Theatre/St. James Theatre/Theatre Royal, Bath); The Way Of The World (Chichester Festival Theatre); Rufus Norris’ Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court); The Gondoliers (Sierra Madre Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Grove Theater Centre); A Murder Is Announced (The Lyceum/Arrow Rock); The Boys From Syracuse, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Wilton Playshop).
Television includes: Episodes and The Night Watch.
Film includes: Josephine and the Roach and Penelope in the Treehouse.
Radio includes: Chicken Soup with Barley and A Year at the Races.
Theatre includes: UK concert performance of Doctor Zhivago and Main Men of Musicals (Cadogan Hall).
Television includes: Brave New World.
Leopoldstadt is Rhys’s West End debut.
Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Arcadia, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors (Tobacco Factory Theatre); While The Sun Shines, The Lottery of Love, The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre); Creditors, Miss Julie (Jermyn Street Theatre); Rosembaum’s Rescue (Park Theatre); Holy Shit (Kiln Theatre); The Winslow Boy (Chichester Festival Theatre); Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/Lincoln Centre New York); Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe); Richard III, Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse); This was a Man (The Finborough); The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (St James Theatre); The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse); The Misanthrope (Bistol Old Vic); Present Laughter (UK Tour); Hay Fever (Royal Exchange Theatre); She Stoops To Conquer (Birmingham Rep); Restoration (Headlong), Mendelssohn in Scotland (City of London Sinfonia) and The Tamer Tamed (The Globe/Sam Wanamaker Festival).
Television includes: Holby City, Plastic People and Jude the Obscure/Dead Man Talking.
Film includes: The Honourable Rebel, The Payback, The Orchard and Ladies.