Tom Stoppard is heading back to Broadway

Tom Stoppard is heading back to Broadway


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2022

It was announced today that Tom Stoppard’s latest play Leopoldstadt will open on Broadway in September.

The play covers the lives of a cultured Viennese Jewish family down three generations.


  • Helene Kamioner says:

    I’d really welcome comments from anyone who saw this production in London….

    • Alan says:

      I go to London often to see a variety of plays. It was the first thing I’d seen since before Covid. Have to say. Found it very average and quite hard to follow. Dare I say I was a little bored, even though I was really ready to enjoy a play again.

    • Artea says:

      Helene – go straight to Hermione Lee’s Tom Stoppard biography. It’s enormous so find the relevant chapter. Heroine Lee knows almost everything stoppard.

      Alan yentob’s bbc TV profile/documentary on Stoppard from a few years ago is also fascinating but doubtless too hard to track down.

      I saw leopoldstadt and would suggest though it’s well worth seeing, it’s nearly all talking talking talking and not very visual . It would be unmissable and at least $100 cheaper to experience as a radio play. You could also then listen more than once at no extra cost which is important for stoppard. In leopoldstadt there are many characters running through quite a few generations. It’s complicated. As there is no radio production yet, read the playtext first.

    • pjl says:

      Run interrupted by Covid; reviews mostly very strong. Directed by the playwright Patrick Marber (also Jewish, as it happens): I helped him when he directed (and took the main role) his first play, Pinter’s ‘Caretaker’ when he was 16/17 at school in 1980. He is a fabulous director.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    I saw it in London when we were all masked and seated apart having queued and shown proof of no Covid 19 before we were allowed in.
    I liked the set and as a Gentile found it very interesting with an excellent cast. It’s well worth seeing and I imagine that Jewish audiences may get more out of it too, understanding various references etc.

  • Player says:

    Hugely enjoyable and educational too. I saw it just before the lockdown in March 2020.