Stoppard’s Jumpers Returns to the National June 7

News   Stoppard’s Jumpers Returns to the National June 7 A new production of Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, directed by Tony nominee David Leveaux and starring Simon Russell Beale, begins previews at London’s National Theatre June 7.

Jumpers — which was first seen at the National in 1972 — will play the company’s Lyttelton Theatre through Sept. 9 with an official opening scheduled for Thursday, June 19. Directed by David Leveaux — currently nominated for a Best Director of a Musical Tony Award for his work on Broadway’s Nine — the creative team also includes Vicki Mortimer (set designer), Nicky Gillibrand (costume designer), Paule Constable (lighting designer), Jonathan Butterel (choreographer) with music by Corin Buckeridge.

The Jumpers company comprises Robert Barton, Jean Felix Callens, Jonothan Campbell, Gary Cross, Essie Davis, Jonathan Hyde, Leo Kay, Joseph J Leigh, Eliza Lumley, Karl Magee, Dodger Phillips, John Rogan, Simon Russell Beale, Phil Seaman, Ashley Stuart, Nicholas Woodeson and Lewis Young.

Beale starred in the Donmar Warehouse productions of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this past season. For his performances, he received two Drama Desk Award nominations and an Obie Award.

In his original review of Jumpers, The Guardian’s Michael Billington wrote, "The new Radical Liberal Party has made the ex-Minister of Agriculture Archbishop of Canterbury, British astronauts are scrapping with each other on the moon and sprightly academics steal about London by night indulging in murderous gymnastics: this is the kind of manic, futuristic, topsy-turvy world in which Stoppard's dazzling play is set. And if I add that the influences apparently include Wittgenstein, Magritte, the Goons, Robert Dhery, Joe Orton and ‘The Avengers,’ you will have some idea of the heady brew Stoppard has here concocted."

Among Tom Stoppard’s major works are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink and The Invention of Love. His plays have won seven Evening Standard Awards, one Olivier Award and three Tonys. For more information about the production or to purchase tickets, visit www.nt-online.org.