Great staging, Absorbing, Profound, Confusing, Resonant
About the Show
Stoppard's intimate drama set within Vienna’s Jewish community in the 20th century.
An epic which sweeps across six decades, this play is an exploration of race, Jewish identity and family against a backdrop of war and poverty. Award winning playwright, Tom Stoppard's final play. Winner of the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
Ultimately, ‘Leopoldstadt’ is a powerful and sincere tribute to a vanished people. Hopefully they can live on for a little longer thanks to the last great play of the last great writer of the twentieth century.
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.
It's an evening that leaves many people in tears. It left me profoundly moved but also full of thought and understanding. If it is Stoppard's last play, as he seems to imply, it is a very fine testament to all he has given and all he has learnt.
...there is something momentous about Leopoldstadt, which has the weight and majesty of a final drama. It is grand, contemplative and elegiac with a cast of more than 20 and a historical sweep across six decades.
Leopoldstadt is a sprawling, noble tribute to families such as the Strausslers. You sense that, in addition to Stoppard acknowledging his Jewishness, there is an element of this intellectual and wordy playwright coming to terms with the dramatic power of emotional storytelling.