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Closed June 17, 2018

What makes 'Travesties' so deeply engaging and hilarious and touching isn't its flashy erudition but its author's rapt fascination with the workings of the human mind and its enduring relationship with art

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Why See Travesties?

Hot from the West End

Nominated for FOUR Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards including two cast awards for Tom Hollander!

Roundabout Theatre Company partner with London's Menier Chocolate Factory to bring this pleasurable revival of Tom Stoppard's bouncy historical romp to Broadway in Spring 2018. Original Wes End star Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Pirates of the Caribbean) reprises his performance as Henry Carr, a decidedly unremarkable consular clerk in 1917 Zurich and unreliable narrator whose memories form the basis for the play. Hysterically funny, somewhat educational and full of Stoppard's mind-bending literary and farcical genius, Travesties is a theatrical gem! And now nominated for four 2018 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Tom Hollander.

Dear Diary...

Based on the recollections of the lowly consular clerk, Travesties takes us on a deliciously irreverent journey into the pre-war society of 1917 Zurich. Iconic figures and fellow residents such as James Joyce, Dada pioneer Tristan Tzara and Lenin all feature in Carr's reminisces, centered around an amateur production of the Importance of Being Earnest. As Carr struggles to separate the plot of the play from his real memories, he begins to weave an intricate web of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and complex philosophies held together by witty repartee and whimsy.

First seen in 1974, Travesties went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play in 1976.

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Previews from: 29 March 2018

Opening night: 24 April 2018

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Tom Hollander as Henry Carr
Peter McDonald as James Joyce
Seth Numrich as Tristain Tzara 
Dan Butler as Lenin
Scarlett Strallen as Gwendolen
Sara Topham as Cecily
Opal Alladin as Nadya 
Patrick Kerr as Bennett


Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Patrick Marber



Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Tom Hollander
Best Sound Design of a Play
Best Direction of a Play - Patrick Marber


Distinguished Performance Award - Seth Numrich, Tom Hollander
Outstanding Revival Of A Broadway or Off-Broadway Play

Drama Desk Awards 2018 - Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Oustanding Actor in a Play - Tom Hollander

What we thought

hollander EXCELS!

Stoppard shows us how it's done.

Tom Hollander earns his national treasure stripes with an ebullient performance in Tom Stoppard's bounding study of the difference between memory and remembering, wrapped up in a dizzyingly delightful blanket of witty word-play...

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