Stoppards Theatre: Finding Order amid Chaos

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byJohn Fleming

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With a thirty-year run of award-winning, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful plays, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967) to The Invention of Love (1997), Tom Stoppard is arguably the preeminent playwright in Britain today. His popularity also extends to the United States, where his plays have won three Tony awards and his screenplay for Shakespeare in Love won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

John Fleming offers the first book-length assessment of Stoppard's work in nearly a decade. He takes an in-depth look at the three newest plays (Arcadia, Indian Ink, and The Invention of Love) and the recently revised versions of Travesties and Hapgood, as well as at four other major plays (Rosencrantz, Jumpers, Night and Day, and The Real Thing). Drawing on Stoppard's personal papers at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRHRC), Fleming also examines Stoppard's previously unknown play Galileo, as well as numerous unpublished scripts and variant texts of his published plays.

Fleming also mines Stoppard's papers for a fuller, more detailed overview of the evolution of his plays. By considering Stoppard's personal views (from both his correspondence and interviews) and by examining his career from his earliest scripts and productions through his most recent, this book provides all that is essential for understanding and appreciating one of the most complex and distinctive playwrights of our time.

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With a thirty-year run of award-winning, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful plays, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967) to The Invention of Love (1997), Tom Stoppard is arguably the preeminent playwright in Britain today. His popularity also extends to the United States, where his plays have won three Tony a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:343 pages, 9 × 5.96 × 0.78 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292725523

ISBN - 13:9780292725522

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAnnotated Chronology of Stoppard's CareerIntroductionChapter 1: Career before Rosencrantz and GuildensternChapter 2: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadChapter 3: GalileoChapter 4: JumpersChapter 5: TravestiesChapter 6: Examining Eastern Bloc RepressionChapter 7: Night and DayChapter 8: The Real ThingChapter 9: HapgoodChapter 10: ArcadiaChapter 11: Indian InkChapter 12: The Invention of LoveConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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The fullest and most complete analysis of Stoppard’s works from their first presentations to later revivals, this book is a must for anyone contemplating a production of any of Stoppard’s plays. Strongly recommended for college and university libraries and for theater professionals.