Just because Corky died in S1 of #TheNightManager doesn’t mean he can’t come back in S2 ;)

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The Night Manager was gripping and beautifully filmed with the added bonus of a scene-stealing performance from Tom Hollander as Lance “Corky” Corkoran – for which he won a BAFTA Award, for Best Supporting Actor. Sadly – and annoyingly – his character was killed off so it seems fairly certain that he won’t come back. Fairly.

But Series 2 is currently being written and so it seems like a good idea to at least suggest some possibilities, just in case…

1. It was all just a dream
See https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AllJustADream for more examples of the ‘just a dream’ trope. It’s not clear who’d be having the dream in this version of events though.

2. Flashbacks
The only disadvantage would be no new scenes (presumably) for Corky as the scenes they might flash back to have probably already screened. But it’s worth a shot.

3. Maybe his death was faked…
This might be stretching things a bit, but would definitely be the best outcome. He could dust himself down from the grave and carry on as before.

4. A twin brother
This one has a lot of potential. Tom’s recently starred in Andy Serkis’ film Breathe as… identical twin brothers. This is at least remotely plausible.

5. Completely different character with prosthetics
A new not-like-Corky role could bring Tom back to the series as another person. He easily has the range, both in acting skill and appearance-changes (just look at the header image at the top of our page as examples of both), to return to the series as a completely different character.

6. A spin-out Corky show
Let him have his own series. Clearly it would have to be set slightly before the The Night Manager, or perhaps it could play out in an alternative reality.

7. Something we’ve not thought of
The writers are a clever bunch, we’re sure they’ll think of something to solve this 🙂

Further reading
A tribute to Corky, Tom Hollander’s colourful henchman in The Night Manager (20 March 2016) Radio Times
“But there is little doubt that this was a little role that Hollander relished, and he was dazzling at it. He will be missed for the final episode.”

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News update June 2017: what’s Tom Hollander doing next?

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Hopefully the first thing that he’s doing is relaxing and having a proper holiday after his amazing few months as Henry Carr in Travesties on Broadway! He gave an absolutely astounding performance and hugely deserved his Tony nomination (the play had four nominations overall – best revival, best director and best sound design as well as Tom’s nomination for best actor).

Generally a few years will go by between theatre appearances and, given his workload (see below), it’s easy to see why!

Here’s what we know about so far – what have we missed? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram (we’re @team_hollander on both).

  • Theatre (now finished its New York run)

    • Travesties – congratulations to everyone involved in this incredible production of Tom Stoppard’s play! Two continents, two casts, three theatres, and a LOT of enthusiastic tweets.
  • Films
    • Path of Blood – Sam West (narrator) and Tom Hollander (readings) are contributors to this new documentary about Al Qaeda which is not for the faint hearted.
    • Holy Lands – Tom plays Moshe, a rabbi, in Amanda Sthers’ new film which is currently listed on IMDb as being in post-production (filming is completed but editing may be ongoing). I think it’s also being released as a book and, from this post, it looks like there may be a release of both in France in Nov/Dec this year. Also with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, James Caan and Rosanna Arquette.
    • A Private War – Both Wikipedia and IMDb are teasingly vague about what role Tom might play here as the information is completely blank next to his name. This is a film with Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci and tells the story of American war correspondent, Marie Colvin. IMDb also has this listed as being in post-production.
    • Bohemian Rhapsody – “A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985” with Tom playing the band’s manager, Jim Beach. The official website has the release dates by country (alphabetically) and IMDb has more or less the same information but by date.

Before we get to Mowgli, let’s have a short break 😉 Here Tom discusses his role in the film Mowgli, with Jonathan Ross and guests.

  •  Films (continued)
    • Mowgli – Tom plays Tabaqui, in the film based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, alongside a large and distinguished cast in what might have been Andy Serkis’ directorial debut had Breathe not been released before it (Tom’s in that too, see below)… IMDb lists this as completed and ready for release. It will be shown in the UK on 19 October 2018, with more release dates by country here.
    • Breathe – this turned out to be Andy Serkis’ directorial debut and it’s a really beautiful film about a subject (polio) that still casts its shadow. Tom plays twin brothers – David and Bloggs Blacker, who are the brothers of one of the main characters (Diana Cavendish). This is now available on DVD / Blu-ray.
    • Tulip Fever – this film had a difficult delivery with delays in release and conflicting information. While it has had a fairly wide release I don’t think it’s been screened in the UK. One from the Weinstein Company, who may be focused on other things at the moment.
    • Mystery horror film – that’s not its title, there’s not much information about it yet. Tom mentioned in an interview last year  that he was “…currently in Los Angeles making a horror film…” but no other information has appeared as yet.
  • Television and DVD
    • Baptiste (in development) – this is a spin-off from The Missing with Tchéky Karyo playing Julien Baptiste and Tom playing a character called Edward.
    • Hunchback of Notre Dame (in development) – I recently re-read an older interview from 2011 (you can register free to read a limited number of articles if you don’t have a subscription) in which he responds to the question “Which literary character do you dream of playing?” with the answer “Quasimodo” and in this interview, from this year, he talks a tiny bit more about the project “…my producing partner, Hannah Pescod, who’s a brilliant woman — we have a mix of projects coming up. A classic adaptation of a novel that I’ve wanted to do ever since I was a kid: The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Andrew Davies writing it.”
    • Family Guy – V is for Mystery (2018) – Tom voices a character in this series.
    • American Dad – OreTron Trail (2018) – as above.
    • A Fanatic Heart – Bob Geldof’s documentary on WB Yeats is now out on DVD and on sale (also on Amazon). Tom is one of several people who reads one of Yeats’ poems – the run-time of the programme is 100 minutes, plus 3 hours of extras! There’s also an audio CD, see below.
  • Audio books, CDs and voicework
    • A Legacy of Spices by John le Carré – Tom has narrated le Carré’s latest book which is available from iTunes UK and Audible (reviews are great for both book and Tom’s narration, Audible: 4.8/5 “Tom Hollander’s narration is magnificent.“) [more info].
    • Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer – “From Amsterdam to Cambodia, from Rome to Indonesia, from New Orleans to Libya, and from Detroit to Ko Pha-Ngan, Geoff Dyer finds himself both floundering about in a sea of grievances and finding moments of transcendental calm.This aberrant quest for peak experiences leads, ultimately, to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where, to quote Tarkovsky’s Stalker, ‘your most cherished desire will come true’.” – Tom narrates, available from Audible UK.
    • Ultrumne est Ornatum – The Music of Mark Gotham with The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge – Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir directed by Sarah MacDonald”. Tom narrates a performance of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, available on CD here.

A Fanatic Heart – Bob Geldof’s documentary on WB Yeats – this is the ‘soundtrack’ of the documentary featuring the poetry readings. Available on Amazon UK. Each track is available individually from Amazon US. There’s a brief clip of Tom reading The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

  • Recent appearances
    • Letters Live, New York – when this was announced (the first in New York) I wondered if Tom might be able to attend given that he was performing in Travesties not too far away… and he did! Tom also read at Letters Live at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire last year. Possibly he’ll be busy filming this year but if you’re attending the festival follow @letterslive on Twitter in case they announce a last-minute surprise event (as they did last year) – they don’t announce the performers beforehand so we won’t know before it happens. It’s an amazing event whoever’s performing – a mixture of letters from famous people and ordinary ones are read out and acted out.

 

Tom Stoppard’s Travesties: tickets, tweets, reviews & info about #TravestiesBway with Tom Hollander

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This post can always be found in the ‘Travesties‘ section on this site’s menu.

 

 

Tom Hollander is reprising his role as Henry Carr in Patrick Marber‘s fabulous production of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties – hooray! He first performed this role in London, twice, once at the Menier Chocolate Theatre in 2016 and then again at the Apollo Theatre in 2017 when the play transferred to the West End. The play, with Tom, Patrick and Peter McDonald (as James Joyce, from the original cast), are now transferring to Broadway – Travesties opened on 24 April (in previews from 29 March) and will close on 17 June 2018. Don’t miss it!

The theatre has produced this amazing PDF mini-guide Travesties-resource to accompany the production. Interviews with cast and crew and lots of context and background information for the themes explored in the play.

There are also evening discussions and a chance to meet the cast at the theatre’s talks and events programme.

  1. Tickets & venue information
  2. Social media
  3. Press spots
  4. Reviews and tweets for the Broadway run
  5. Older tweets from the London runs of the play

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1. TICKETS & VENUE INFORMATION

Roundabout Theatre Company – American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036 | Ticket Services: 212.719.1300

[Tickets] [All info] [Seating chart] [Google map] [Cast and crew]

You can also enter a daily lottery with TodayTix to win a pair of reduced-cost tickets, or if you’re 18-35 you can buy $25 tickets through the HipTix offer.


2. SOCIAL MEDIA


3. PRESS SPOTS

The cast (including writer Tom Stoppard and director Patrick Marber) are interviewed by Playbill on the red carpet after the opening of Travesties on 24 April 2018.

From the original run


4. BROADWAY REVIEWS & AUDIENCE TWEETS

The critics love it!

Enthusiastic critical response for Travesties - taken from RTC NYC's email

Big Questions, Big Fun: Tom Stoppard’s ‘Travesties’ Returns to Broadway (Daily Beast)
“The excellent Tom Hollander gives a hyper-kinetic, beguiling performance as Henry Carr, the low-level English consular official who retells the story—or some kind of story as his flickering memory permits—of when Dadaism founder Tristan Tzara (Seth Numrich), James Joyce (Peter McDonald), and Lenin (Dan Butler) were all based in Zurich in 1917.”

‘Travesties’: Theater Review (Hollywood Reporter)
“(Patrick) Marber, a prominent dramatist himself (Closer, After Miss Julie, Dealer’s Choice), clearly has an affinity for the play, his joy at staging it practically bounding across the footlights. Hollander, repeating his Olivier-nominated performance, delivers a virtuoso turn as the hapless Carr.”

‘Travesties’ review: Tom Hollander leads Roundabout revival on Broadway (NY Daily News)
“The staging boasts evocative costumes, lighting and scenery. The paper-strewn set suggests disorder, but the show moves along without a hitch.”

Review: Screwball Eggheads Tear Up the Library in ‘Travesties’ (The New York Times)
“I would venture that this latest incarnation is the clearest and surely one of the liveliest on record. It should prove ridiculously entertaining for anyone with even a passing knowledge of its central characters, and a stroll through the groves of Wikipedia should offer adequate preparation for anyone else.

Because 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.”

Broadway Review: ‘Travesties’ Starring Tom Hollander (Variety)
“In the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of “Travesties,” a sign (“Ruhe Bitte”) on the show’s set advises us to please be quiet in the Zurich reading room where Tom Stoppard’s 1973 comedy takes place. But you can forget about that, because the sound of laughter can’t be contained.”

“..(Tom Hollander, a treasure)…”


5. LONDON REVIEWS / TWEETS

Here is what critics thought of the London runs (they loved it there too!), below that some audience tweets.

  • “The hilarity comes fast and frequent throughout” – New York Times
  • “A first-rate cast perform with terrific pace, zest and dexterity” – The Independent
  • “Tom Hollander is hilarious in this mind-bogglingly entertaining Stoppard revival” – Telegraph
  • “I would go again in an instant” – Times
  • “Tom Hollander and Freddie Fox [who played Tristan Tzara] dazzle and delight” – Evening Standard
  • “Tom Hollander shines in Tom Stoppard’s wild ride of a comedy” – Time Out
  • “Brilliantly bonkers” – Mail on Sunday
  • “A tonic from start to finish” – Observer
  • “Travesties also has wit, charm, insight, pathos and belly laughs aplenty” – Sunday Times Culture
  • “A cast that is virtually flawless” – Daily Express

Above: The London cast at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

The tweets below refer to either the Menier Chocolate Factory or Apollo Theatre runs of Travesties.

Find out more about #TravestiesBway: free theatre talks and events @RTC_NYC

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Travesties Upstage Guide from the Roundabout Theatre Company
Upstage guide to Travesties
The Roundabout Theatre Company have put together this fantastic background information resource about Travesties with input from the cast and creative team as well as context about what was happening in the world when the play was set (in 1917). Click on the picture to read a PDF version or click this link for a web version.

If you want to hear more from the people involved in the production, read on…

 

Lecture Series
Explore the themes of each production after the curtain goes down! Stay in your seats after the performance to attend a discussion with a distinguished artist, scholar, historian, or critic, hosted by a Roundabout teaching artist, and learn more about the work you just saw.

  • 21 April – post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra

You can read transcripts of previous discussions about the various plays staged at the theatre, some of which were written by Tom Stoppard or Patrick Marber (the writer and director respectively of Travesties) – for example Indian Ink and The Real Thing (Stoppard) and After Miss Julie (Marber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s play). There’s even an interview with Sara Topham about The Importance of Being Earnest (in Travesties she plays Cecily, who is drawn from ‘Earnest’).

Theatre talks
All held in the American Airlines Theatre, Penthouse Lobby at 7.30pm (pre-show on Tuesday evenings, when the play begins at 8pm). These are free as part of your ticket – “Every week learn more about the history of the production and its creators. A Roundabout Teaching Artist leads a lively discussion between you and your fellow patrons before the show begins. Discussions are complimentary for all ticket holders on Tuesday evenings.

  • 1 May
  • 8 May
  • 15 May
  • 22 May
  • 25 May
  • 29 May
  • 5 June
  • 12 June
  • 13 June

Sign Interpreted Series (same link as for theatre talks above, just scroll further!)

  • 19 May – post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra
  • 22 May – pre-show at 7.30pm – American Airlines Theatre, Penthouse Lobby

Current Season CELEBRITY Series
Roundabout’s Celebrity Series brings members of the cast and crew to you, when a Roundabout teaching artist leads a lively post-show discussion about what really happens behind the scenes of a production.

  • 6 May
    • pre-show at 2.30pm – American Airlines Theatre, Penthouse Lobby
    • post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra
  • 12 May
    • pre-show at 1.30pm – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra
    • post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra
  • 27 May
    • pre-show at 2.30pm – American Airlines Theatre, Penthouse Lobby
    • post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra
  • 16 June
    • pre-show at 1.30pm – American Airlines Theatre, Penthouse Lobby
    • post-matinee discussion – American Airlines Theatre, Orchestra

 

“It’s such a good idea, you can never live up to it” – Tom Stoppard on writing #TravestiesBway

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It’s such a good idea, you can never live up to it
– Tom Stoppard on writing Travesties.

Quote from p58 of Tom Stoppard: The Moral Vision of the Major Plays by P. Delany

Travesties [TICKETS]- currently in previews on Broadway (opening 24 April 2018) after transferring from London – underwent quite a change while being written after one of Tom Stoppard’s friends pointed him in the direction of a rather unlikely coincidence, which was that in Zurich in 1916/1917 –

“…within a stone’s throw of each other and using the same café were the Dadaist Tristan Tzara, and Lenin, and I think Freud, maybe. Look into it.”

“But when Stoppard looked into his friend’s suggestion and the third luminary turned out to be not Freud but James Joyce, he began to give his play a more positive lilt – or, perhaps, brogue. ‘It’s such a good idea’, Stoppard exulted while still revising his script, ‘you can mever live up to it’.” ibid. p59

Whie in Zurich Joyce had directed a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest‘ in which a “minor British consular official named Henry Carr had appeared”. The two men fell out spectacularly: Carr sued Joyce for the cost of trousers he bought for use in the play, Joyce countersued for the cost of unsold tickets and later gave Carr an unsympathetic cameo in Ulysses.

Henry Carr was a real person and his own story came to light after Travesties opened for the first time, in 1974 in London. Stoppard received a letter from Carr’s wife expressing her surprise at seeing him feature in the play. Carr died in 1962, but had been injured in the first world war and taken to Switzerland for recovery.

You can read about the real Henry Carr in Peter Chrisp’s article Travesties: the Henry Carr trouser saga and George Simmers’ Great War Fiction blog on Henry Carr, and the history behind ‘Travesties’ which includes a link Henry Carr’s war / medical record (now digitised and public).

Chrisp’s article adds that “Stoppard perceptively noticed that Joyce, though a dandy like Carr in many ways, made up his own rules about how to dress” and backs this up with a few photos of Joyce who is indeed wearing mismatched trousers and jackets…

Carr may have regretted his spat with Joyce but it earned him a cameo in the greatest novel of the 20th Century, and a leading role in a play by one of the great playwrights of our times. Not bad for an amateur actor.

Source: Taking liberties with the story of Joyce’s own Great War in Zurich (2012) Independent.ie

Henry Carr is played by Tom Hollander and James Joyce by Peter McDonald who both played their characters in the two London runs of Travesties before the play transferred to Broadway under the direction of Patrick Marber (who also directed it in London). The play runs until 17 June 2018.

 

Many more tweets from people enjoying Travesties collected in this Twitter Moment below…

 

‘School Drama’ – BBC Radio 4’s excellent drama available for a fortnight

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I think the second tweet above perfectly encapsulates the breadth of this lovely four-part radio drama, directed by John Dryden, which is funny and moving and which stuck with me long after its first broadcast in 2016.

School Drama takes place at a failing secondary school which is rebranding itself, pinning quite a lot of its hopes on entering a school theatre competition to pull it out of its previous misery. Former actor Geoff Cathcart (a lovely performance from Tom Hollander) is drafted in to help the students rehearse for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The school, under the pressures that schools often find themselves under, does not make it easy for Geoff to do this – and that’s an understatement. The series begins with Geoff trying to get through to them on the phone (‘press one for…’) then later trying to get into the school grounds and then struggling to buy lunch (because the canteen uses pre-paid staff cards, which he doesn’t have). Another member of staff can’t make a cup of coffee as the kettle’s been removed for electrical testing (I’m laughing as I write this, it’s familiar territory to anyone who’s worked in a large organisation).

Rivalries with the drama department and a farcical audition for the theatre competition (fake blood being misread as real results in a panicked teacher intervening) compound the teachers’ frustration with Geoff’s unorthodox methods and his resistance to school procedures. On investigating his slightly vague background concerns emerge that he really might not be a suitable person to be teaching impressionable teenagers at all.

Although most of the teachers and the school system itself seem to be putting impediment after impediment in his way, the writer (Andy Mulligan – see his article below) clearly understands the school ecosystem (including funding struggles) and shows sympathy with the fact that they are trying to keep children safe. Of course the lack of funds and other restrictions don’t help creativity, and can make it harder to complete even the most basic of tasks.

The music and sound design are fantastic too, there’s a delightful and (to me) unexpected use of a school tannoy system near the start of episode four which gave me goosebumps.

It’s wonderful. But only available for another fortnight before it disappears presumably for another two years before rebroadcast. I hope they release it in some other format so it’s a bit more available.

School Drama, by Andy Mulligan (Ep 4 by William Shakespeare, adapted by Andy)

  • Episode one
    “Four-part drama series with Tom Hollander. Deer Park Academy, a re-branded failing school, is working to turn itself around and inspire its students. But inspiration can be dangerous and when has-been TV star, Geoff Cathcart, is brought in to stage a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, he opens a Pandora’s box of controversy.”
  • Episode two
  • Episode three
  • Episode four (performance of Romeo and Juliet)

Reviewer Gillian Reynolds said this about the fourth episode “Their production, as acted by real-life pupils and staff of Portsmouth Grammar School, became the final episode on Saturday. It seemed to me throughout to be a perceptive allegory of the way we are governed now. But this script, all the performances and John Dryden’s direction combined to make it something bigger and more unexpected, an affirmation of how powerfully Shakespeare’s verse captures character, motive and emotion, then, now and as far into the future as the English language lasts.

Don’t miss (if you’re in the US)
If you’re in New York you can see Tom Hollander on stage as Henry Carr in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties until June 2018. He is utterly superb in the role. The play (the music and sound design are amazing as well) transferred from two runs in London and is directed by Patrick Marber.

Supplemental
The BBC Radio 4 team excelled themselves in providing a range of related articles with the rather amusing and recognisable “10 things every school drama has to have” and I think we can all get behind their “28 reasons to love Tom Hollander” – and will enjoy Tom’s response, embedded in the tweet below 🙂

There’s also this really great article by the writer Andy Mulligan (“Why Romeo and Juliet is the most “subversive” play ever written“) about his own experiences trying to put on the play in a school.

“A few years ago I was hired to direct a Shakespeare play in a school that was inching out of special measures. The project foundered, partly because of internal politics and resentments, but also because the joy of interrogating a provocative play with teenagers didn’t sit well with a school frightened of upsetting parents.

One day I needed a copy of the play, “Romeo and Juliet”. The English Department taught it, but to my amazement, nobody had a full text One day I needed a copy of the play, “Romeo and Juliet”. The English Department taught it, but to my amazement, nobody had a full text. Why not? Because the exam would test three particular scenes, so those were the ones photocopied, annotated and taught into the ground. Why waste time reading the rest of it?”

#TravestiesBway – previews start tomorrow at the Roundabout Theatre in New York

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What torment to be in the UK when Travesties opens on Broadway! Lucky you, if you’re in New York and can get to see a performance (tickets) of Tom Stoppard‘s fun and fantastic play which we loved when it was here in London in 2016 and 2017. Break a leg to the cast and crew for their preview night tomorrow (29 March 2018), at 8pm!

“In 1917 Zurich, an artist, a writer and a revolutionary collide in a kaleidoscopic thrill-ride that’s “wickedly playful, intensely entertaining, infectiously theatrical” (Time Out London). Roundabout reunites with playwright Tom Stoppard (Indian Ink, The Real Thing) and director Patrick Marber (Howard Katz, After Miss Julie) for a dazzling revival from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory…” – pinched from the theatre’s info.

The play begins with Henry Carr (Tom Hollander) as an old man reminiscing about a rather unusual time in history, when he was young. We then zip back in time to ‘relive’ some of his memories – but he’s not the most reliable narrator… Wikipedia has a spoiler-free overview of the plot and themes though it doesn’t really manage to convey how funny the play is. The flavour of the tweets below might help on that front.

See the New York cast of @RTC_NYC’s #TravestiesBway talk about the play on Instagram

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Time Out New York (@TimeOutNewYork) have created an Instagram story (a series of photos, gifs and quick video clips) of the cast of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, which is opening on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company (@RTC_NYC), this month!!

To see the story you will need

All the cast are asked to describe the play in one word 🙂

If you’re using a desktop browser and it looks like things aren’t loading, try clicking on the pictures and they might spring into life.

Tickets, performance details (previews: 29 March, closes: 17 June), seating plans, venue location and all that useful sort of information can be found at the RTC’s page for Travesties.

Go and see this excellent play, it was amazing in two different theatres in London (Menier Chocolate Theatre in 2016 and Apollo Theatre in 2017). Patrick Marber will be directing again and both Tom Hollander (as Henry Carr) and Peter McDonald (as James Joyce) are reprising their roles in New York, hooray.

It’s brilliant! Here’s lots of proof 😀