Jake Neads makes his professional stage debut in Tom Stoppard’s new play in London’s West End


Jake, who graduated this year, is in the company for Leopoldstadt Tom Stoppard’s new play which will be directed by Patrick Marber. Leopoldstadt will open at Wyndham’s Theatre on 25 January.

Inspired by Stoppard’s Jewish heritage and history, the play follows one family’s journey across the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. 

Tom Stoppard is one of the UK’s most prolific and celebrated playwrights, whose debut, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966), remains a huge cultural touchstone in British theatre. He won the Olivier Award for Best New Play for Arcadia in 1994, and an Academy Award for his work on Shakespeare in Love(1998). Leopoldstadt is his first play since 2015’s The Hard Problem

The play is directed by Patrick Marber, who is best-known as the screenwriter of Closer(2004). He has previously directed Stoppard’s work in a revival of Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016; the production later transferred to the Apollo Theatre in 2017. Leopoldstadt is produced by Sonia Friedman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), with other creatives to be confirmed. 


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