Tom Stoppard's 'Leopoldstadt' to open on Broadway in the fall

The show won Best New Play at the 2020 Olivier Awards.


The newest play by acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard, Leopoldstadt, will premiere on Broadway in the fall after a successful premiere run in London. Performances begin at the Longacre Theatre on September 14 ahead of an October 2 opening night.

Leopoldstadt is named for the Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria, where the play's central family lives. Drawing on Stoppard's own family history, Leopoldstadt follows multiple generations of characters from 1899 to 1955 as they endure both love and hardship, and discover what it means to be Jewish.

The show premiered in London's West End in early 2020 before being shuttered by the pandemic, and later ran for a limited run in fall 2021. Both runs sold out, and Leopoldstadt received critical acclaim as well as the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The five-star London Theatre review of Leopoldstadt reads, "This is a powerful, important new play from one of our greatest living playwrights."

Stoppard has had 18 previous plays on Broadway, beginning with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in the 1967-68 season. Four of his shows have won Best Play, more than any other playwright in history. His most recent Broadway venture was a revival of Travesties directed by Patrick Marber, who also directed Leopoldstadt in the West End and will do so on Broadway.

The Leopoldstadt creative team includes scenic designer Richard Hudson, costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer and composer Adam Cork, video designer Isaac Madge, and movement by Emily Jane Boyle.

Casting for Leopoldstadt has yet to be announced.

Check back for information on Leopoldstadt tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Photo credit: Leopoldstadt in London. (Photo by Marc Brenner)