Tony Nomination Spotlight – Travesties



Four 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tom Hollander), Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play.

The Farce of History:

A revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play that centers on Henry Carr, an elderly man who reminisces about Zürich in 1917 during the First World War, and his interactions with James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin, performed in the style of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

From the Producers:

The Tony Award-winning Best Play returns to Broadway in a “near-miraculous production” of “mind-bending splendor” (The New York Times). In 1917 Zurich, an artist, a writer and a revolutionary collide in a kaleidoscope thrill-ride that’s “wickedly playful, intensely entertaining, infectiously theatrical” (Time Out London). Experience London’s “mind-bogglingly entertaining revival” (The Telegraph) of Tom Stoppard’s thrill-ride through the worlds of art and revolution in 1917 Switzerland…and in the maze of one man’s memory.

A Hit from Across the Pond:

Travesties was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London at the Aldwych Theatre in 1974. It transferred to New York, opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1975, eventually picking up the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play in 1976. The current revival was first performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016. The production broke box office records, becoming the first play in the company’s history to sell out ahead of its first preview. In February 2017 the play, and company, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London, where the run continued until April 2017. The revival transferred to Broadway in March 2018 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theater.

Cast & Creatives:

Travesties is directed by Tony nominee Patrick Marber (“After Miss Julie,” “Closer”). The show’s London star, BAFTA winner and Olivier Award nominee Tom Hollander, reprises his starring role as Henry Carr. Completing the cast are Peter McDonald as James Joyce, Seth Numrich as Tristan Tzara, 2-time Olivier Award nominee Scarlett Strallen as Gwendolen, Sara Topham as Cecily, Opal Alladin as Nadya, Dan Butler as Lenin, and Patrick Kerr as Bennett. The Broadway revival features original music by Adam Cork, and movement by Polly Bennett.


Time Out New York – “Devilishly clever…an olio of genres – farce, spy story, seminar, musical, history lesson, absurdist prank – with mixed-in orts of culture high and low. Even if you can’t solve it all as you watch, it’s a pleasure to engage with a production that does Travesties full justice.

Hollywood Reporter – “You don’t have to enroll for a graduate degree to enjoy Stoppard’s simultaneously wacky and intellectual comedy. That’s largely due to the accessible nature of director Marber’s rollickingly staged production.”

Newsday – “The madcap play…impeccably directed…an uproarious work that seriously questions the nature of art. ”

New York Times – “Abstract considerations are rendered with an extravagantly theatrical zeal that never flags. The cast couldn’t be much better. What emerges is one of the sweetest, sauciest and strangest defenses of art ever to land on a stage.”

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