Stoppard’s Jumpers Jumps Into West End

News   Stoppard’s Jumpers Jumps Into West End Just over a week after the West End transfer of Jerry Springer: The Opera, a second National Theatre hit from Nick Hytner’s first season in charge makes the leap across the Thames. Simon Russell Beale stars in Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, opening at the Piccadilly Theatre on Nov. 20.

Essie Davis and Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers
Essie Davis and Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers Photo by Catherine Ashmore

Jumpers, first produced at the Old Vic in 1972, stars Beale as George, a philosopher who believes strongly in the idea of good – though those around him are less certain. As well as the usual Stoppardian mental acrobatics and trademark wit, there’s a moon landing, a dead body and a trained tortoise!

Beale, who appeared in New York recently in the Sam Mendes-directed double bill of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, is a three-time Olivier Award winner. Essie Davis, who plays his wife, won an Olivier for her Stella in the National Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire (opposite Glenn Close). Both got great reviews for this show at the National, and there’s talk of a U.S. transfer to follow.

The cast also includes Robert Barton, Jean Felix Callens, Jonothan Campbell, Gary Cross, Jonathan Hyde, Leo Kay, Loseph J Laigh, Eliza Lumley, Karl Magee, Dodger Phillips, John Rogan, Phil Seaman, Ashley Stuart, Supple, Nicholas Woodeson and Lewis young.

David Leveaux directs, with sets by Vicki Mortimer, costumes by Nicky Gillebrand, lighting by Paule Constable, music by Corin Buckeridge and choreography by Aidan Treays.

For ticket information call (0) 207 369 1734.

Simon Russell Beale in <i>Jumpers</i>
Simon Russell Beale in Jumpers Photo by Catherine Ashmore