Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard, 19-23 July 2011


Arcadia
moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron.

This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits, "the attraction Newton left out".

In an interview with Playbill magazine, Stoppard spoke of his inspiration for Arcadia. "I began to think about a room in which things happened 180 years apart but the room would stay just the same," he said. "I had a sense that what would make the play would be if the audience was in the know when the modern characters were trying to figure out what happened a century earlier."

Arcadia was the winner of the 1995 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and the 1994 Olivier Award.

Reviewing the original 1993 production, Vincent Canby of the New York Times described the play as "Tom Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and, new for him, emotion." The Daily Telegraph commented: “I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece". Johann Hari writing in The Independent in 2009 described Arcadia as “perhaps the greatest play of [the late 20th Century]”.

Detailed synopsis,taken from an article by Johann Hari in The Independent 22 May 2009.


Show Trailers
In the lead up to the show, a range of trailers and video interviews with the cast will be published on the Arcadia section of the Sedos YouTube channel. Check them out!


Character Interviews
Click on the images below to launch the video profiles for each character. Alternatively take a look at the Arcadia section of the Sedos YouTube channel.  

 

Gallery

 


Cast List

The Present

HANNAH JARVIS - Anne-Marie Leigh
BERNARD NIGHTINGALE - David McAlinden
VALENTINE COVERLY - Alex Bennett
CHLOE COVERLY - Sarah Peachey
GUS COVERLY - Sam Curry

1809-1812

SEPTIMUS HODGE - Alex Bhat
THOMASINA COVERLY - Belinda Sherlock
LADY CROOM - Chloe Faine
EZRA CHATER - Craig Karpel
CAPTAIN BRICE - Ben Smith
RICHARD NOAKES - Ben Long
JELLABY - Matthew Prince
AUGUSTUS COVERLY - Sam Curry


Director: Matt Gould (who directed the Sedos production of Stoppard's Hapgood in 2010)
Producer: Alex Dorlandt
Set design: Brian Tucker
Lighting design: Douglas Green
Costume designers: Deborah Lean and Karen Lister
Poster: Stephen Beeny


Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard
The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

19-23 July 2011, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (concessions £10) unless otherwise stated


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Gala Night, Friday 22 July

Tickets £15 (concessions £12.50). Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a late bar.

Charity Night, Wednesday 20 July

50% of proceeds donated to Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Sedos Charity of the Year.

Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights. Cash only on the door.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Bridewell Theatre are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.


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