Travesties Tickets
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Travesties Tickets

Travesties Tickets
Travesties Tickets

About Travesties

London's acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties transfers to the Great White Way via a spring 2017 West End engagement at the Apollo Theatre. BAFTA winner and Olivier Award nominee Tom Hollander reprises his performance as Henry Carr in New York in this acclaimed and surprisingly accessible revival.

Tom Stoppard is undoubtedly one of the most intellectual and wittiest playwrights of our time and his plays revel in the use of language and, in the case of Travesties, could be regarded as a love letter to the medium of theatre itself. With elements of the absurd, of vaudeville, limericks, musical numbers and breaking the fourth wall, Travesties is a deliciously highbrow cocktail of theatrical devices that are as likely to raise a smile as they are to wrack your brain.

Our guide through the absurd is Henry Carr - a historical figure who fought in World War I, was wounded, captured, released in a prisoner-of-war exchange in Switzerland and ended up working as Consul in the diplomatic office in Zurich in 1917. In his senior years he recollects (in a number of distorted variations) his time there and his encounters with three other historical figures - novelist James Joyce, who famously wrote Ulysses, the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, and one of the founding artists of the Dada movement, Tristan Tzara. As the title suggests, the representation of these figures are "travesties" and so too are our narrator's tales, that often bear an uncanny resemblance to the events of Oscar WIlde's The Importance of Being Earnest. There are many themes at play in Stoppard's work and the pace of this piece may have proved overwhelming were it not for the sure direction of Patrick Marber, who somehow channels the complexity of Travesties into an easy-to-swallow, theatrical pill. Take it with a glass of water and be enlightened.

Travesties originally premiered at London's Aldwych Theatre in June 1974. It then transferred to Broadway, opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 1975 and eventually picking up the Tony Award for "Best Play" and "Best Actor in a Play" (for John Wood) in 1976.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

Run time

2hr 30min (incl. intermission)

Start date

March 29th, 2018

End date

June 17th, 2018

Categories

Age

12+

Venue

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

Orchestra & Mezzanine levels fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities

More information about Travesties

Roundabout Theatre Company’s dazzling new production of "Travesties", Tom Stoppard’s 1976 Tony Award-winning Best Play, has arrived—and The New York Times says it’s “ridiculously entertaining.” An artist, a writer and a revolutionary collide in this “giddy, head-spinning triumph” (Entertainment Weekly), a kaleidoscopic thrill-ride through the worlds of art and revolution in 1917 Switzerland…and in the maze of one man’s memory.

This “knock-the-wind-out-of-you magnificent revival” (New York Magazine) is “an uproarious work of art, impeccably directed by Patrick Marber” (Newsday). 2017 Olivier nominee Tom Hollander leads the cast, and he is “marvelous” (Time Out New York).

New York Stage Review says it’s “possibly the only perfect production now occupying a Broadway theater. Get there fast.”

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