Tom Stoppard - A Life By Hermione Lee

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01Childhood20201005Hermione Lee's vivid and illuminating biography of one our finest playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Today, his childhood is disrupted when his family escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Alex Jennings reads.

Tom Stoppard is among British theatre’s giants and in Hermione Lee's evocative and immersive biography we come to know the man and his work. Since 1964 Stoppard has been writing for the theatre, big screen, television, and radio,. His plays are among the most studied of the last century.

Hermione Lee is one of our leading literary biographers, and with access to private papers, diaries and letters, interviews with the playwright's friends, and Stoppard himself she has created an intimate portrait of the writer. Here we learn of his formative years as a young child forced to flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; growing up in India and then England; his activism and campaigning on behalf of Eastern European and Soviet prisoners of conscience; the influence of, and his friendship with Vaclav Havel., and always his work, the writing, rehearsing, casting and his ever present humour.

Tom Stoppard remains at the forefront of British theatrical life, even in this moment of crisis. His most recent, personal and highly acclaimed play, Leopoldstadt, fell victim to Covid-19, when its run in the West End was suspended in March, 2020.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Hermione Lee's vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.

Alex Jennings reads this vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.

02Overnight Success20201006Hermione Lee's new and illuminating biography of one of our greatest playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Today, the writing and production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and its astonishing reception. Alex Jennings reads.

Tom Stoppard is among British theatre’s giants and in Hermione Lee's evocative and immersive biography we come to know the man and his work. Since 1964 Stoppard has been writing for the theatre, big screen, television, and radio,. His plays are among the most studied of the last century.

Hermione Lee is one of our leading literary biographers, and with access to private papers, diaries and letters, interviews with the playwright's friends, and Stoppard himself she has created an intimate portrait of the writer. Here we learn of his formative years as a young child forced to flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; growing up in India and then England; his activism and campaigning on behalf of Eastern European and Soviet prisoners of conscience; the influence of, and his friendship with Vaclav Havel., and always his work, the writing, rehearsing, casting and his ever present humour.

Tom Stoppard remains at the forefront of British theatrical life, even in this moment of crisis. His most recent, personal and highly acclaimed play, Leopoldstadt, fell victim to Covid-19, when its run in the West End was suspended in March, 2020.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Hermione Lee's illuminating biography of the great playwright explores his early success.

Alex Jennings reads this vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.

03Activism20201007Hermione Lee's new and illuminating biography of the playwright, Tom Stoppard, turns to his activism and friendship with Vaclav Havel. Read by Alex Jennings.

Tom Stoppard is among British theatre’s giants and in Hermione Lee's evocative and immersive biography we come to know the man and his work. Since 1964 Stoppard has been writing for the theatre, big screen, television, and radio,. His plays are among the most studied of the last century.

Hermione Lee is one of our leading literary biographers, and with access to private papers, diaries and letters, interviews with the playwright's friends, and Stoppard himself she has created an intimate portrait of the writer. Here we learn of his formative years as a young child forced to flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; growing up in India and then England; his activism and campaigning on behalf of Eastern European and Soviet prisoners of conscience; the influence of, and his friendship with Vaclav Havel., and always his work, the writing, rehearsing, casting and his ever present humour.

Tom Stoppard remains at the forefront of British theatrical life, even in this moment of crisis. His most recent, personal and highly acclaimed play, Leopoldstadt, fell victim to Covid-19, when its run in the West End was suspended in March, 2020.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Hermione Lee's vivid biography of the playwright, Tom Stoppard, turns to his activism.

Alex Jennings reads this vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.

04Arcadia20201008Hermione Lee's illuminating portrait of one of our finest playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Today, his brilliant and moving mid-life play, Arcadia. Read by Alex Jennings.

Tom Stoppard is among British theatre’s giants and in Hermione Lee's evocative and immersive biography we come to know the man and his work. Since 1964 Stoppard has been writing for the theatre, big screen, television, and radio,. His plays are among the most studied of the last century.

Hermione Lee is one of our leading literary biographers, and with access to private papers, diaries and letters, interviews with the playwright's friends, and Stoppard himself she has created an intimate portrait of the writer. Here we learn of his formative years as a young child forced to flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; growing up in India and then England; his activism and campaigning on behalf of Eastern European and Soviet prisoners of conscience; the influence of, and his friendship with Vaclav Havel., and always his work, the writing, rehearsing, casting and his ever present humour.

Tom Stoppard remains at the forefront of British theatrical life, even in this moment of crisis. His most recent, personal and highly acclaimed play, Leopoldstadt, fell victim to Covid-19, when its run in the West End was suspended in March, 2020.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Hermione Lee's biography of the playwright, Tom Stoppard, explores his 1993 play, Arcadia.

Alex Jennings reads this vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.

05On Leopoldstadt20201009Hermione Lee's vivid biography of one of our finest playwrights, Tom Stoppard concludes. Today, attention, turns movingly to Leopoldstadt his most recent play, where he reflects on family and the Holocaust. Read by Alex Jennings.

Tom Stoppard is among British theatre’s giants and in Hermione Lee's evocative and immersive biography we come to know the man and his work. Since 1964 Stoppard has been writing for the theatre, big screen, television, and radio,. His plays are among the most studied of the last century.

Hermione Lee is one of our leading literary biographers, and with access to private papers, diaries and letters, interviews with the playwright's friends, and Stoppard himself she has created an intimate portrait of the writer. Here we learn of his formative years as a young child forced to flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia; growing up in India and then England; his activism and campaigning on behalf of Eastern European and Soviet prisoners of conscience; the influence of, and his friendship with Vaclav Havel., and always his work, the writing, rehearsing, casting and his ever present humour.

Tom Stoppard remains at the forefront of British theatrical life, even in this moment of crisis. His most recent, personal and highly acclaimed play, Leopoldstadt, fell victim to Covid-19, when its run in the West End was suspended in March, 2020.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Hermione Lee's vivid portrait of the playwright, Tom Stoppard, turns to his latest play.

Alex Jennings reads this vivid new biography of one of theatre's leading playwrights.