Leopoldstadt

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Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier, they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands had fled from the Pale of Settlement and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt. Tom Stoppard’s new play is a passionate drama of love and endurance, an intimate play with an epic sweep, the story of a family who made good.

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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.

Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt was first performed at Wyndham’s Theatre, London, in January 2020.

‘One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights to provide his most personal play yet.’ The Times

‘The news that Tom Stoppard has written a new drama ranks as top-end seismic activity.’ Daily Telegraph

Additional information

Weight0.245 kg
Dimensions20.5 × 13.5 × 1.5 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

105

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

822.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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