Audio described by VocalEyes.
A story of a family re-learning what it means to be Jewish in twentieth century Vienna.
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.
Directed by Patrick Marber, LEOPOLDSTADT is Tom Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.
Run time is 2 hours 10 minutes (no interval)
Age recommendation: 12+.
Please note: The performance contains the use of herbal and electronic cigarettes.
Event image: A black and white photograph of a young child dressed in a formal shirt. They look directly into the camera and in their hands, held in front of their face, they show off a string cat’s cradle that is highlighted in gold against the grey image. On the left is the title, A new play by Tom Stoppard, LEOPOLDSTADT, directed by Patrick Marber.