The stagecraft of Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard
Bennett seems to be showing alarming signs of irony. I have always found that irony among the lower orders is the first sign of an awakening social consciousness. -- Henry Carr in Travesties

I won't pretend to be an expert on Tom Stoppard and his work, because I'm not. The impetus for this set of pages came when, prior to a performance of Arcadia at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, I searched the Web for Stoppard-related sites and came up with next to zip. Find a need and fill it, seize the day, insert your own cliche' here.

Stoppard is extremely difficult to paraphrase, and his plots often defy easy summary. Therefore, I have attempted to provide only the sketchiest kinds of synopses. Interested parties should seek out the published editions of his work and not rely on my necessarily vague summaries of them.

Most of Stoppard's plays are available in paperback from faber and faber. Rights and permissions for amateur performances can be obtained through Samuel French, Inc. And should you care to write to Mr. Stoppard himself, Who's Who lists his address as c/o Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA, England. He has been known to respond to polite correspondence.

More timely Stoppard-related news items now appear on my blog. Contributions, pointers and general advice are welcome. -- Michael Berry


THE STOPPARD BLOG

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

STAGE


TELEVISION

  • A SEPARATE PEACE (1966)
  • TEETH (1966)
  • ANOTHER MOON CALLED EARTH (1967)
  • NEUTRAL GROUND (1968)
  • THE BOUNDARY (1975)
  • THREE MEN IN A BOAT (1976)
  • PROFESSIONAL FOUL (1977)
  • SQUARING THE CIRCLE (1984)
  • POODLE SPRINGS (1998)

RADIO

  • THE DISSOLUTION OF DOMINIC BOOT (1964)
  • "M" IS FOR MOON AMONG OTHER THINGS (1964)
  • IF YOU'RE GLAD, I'LL BE FRANK (1965)
  • ALBERT'S BRIDGE (1967)
  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (1970)
  • ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE (1972)
  • THE DOG IT WAS THAT DIED (1982)
  • IN THE NATIVE STATE (1991)

SCREEN

From the Internet Movie Database

FICTION


Cheap Ironies

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