Rock 'n' Roll: Box Office for Stoppard Play Opens Oct. 1

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The box office at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre is now open for business for the upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll.

Rufus Sewell in Rock 'n' Roll.
Rufus Sewell in Rock 'n' Roll. Photo by Geraint Lewis

The Jacobs Theatre, located at 242 West 45th Street, will house the Broadway premiere of the acclaimed play, directed by Trevor Nunn. The production will begin previews Oct. 19.

Rock 'n' Roll, which played a record-breaking run in London, will officially open on Broadway Nov. 4. Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack and Rufus Sewell, who appeared in the London company, will also star in New York. The Broadway cast will also feature Nicole Ansari and Alice Eve. Sewell won the Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle awards for his performance. (Additional casting will be announced shortly.)

"It's August 1968," press notes state, "and Russian tanks are rolling in to Prague. Jan, the Czech student, lives for rock music, Max, the English professor, lives for Communism and Esme, the flower child, is high. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in and idealism has hit the wall. A deeply felt look at the connection between rock music and revolution, Stoppard's sweeping and witty play spans two countries, three generations and 22 turbulent years, at the end of which love remains — and so does rock 'n' roll."

The design team includes Robert Jones (set design), Emma Ryott (costume design), Howard Harrison (lighting design) and Ian Dickinson (sound design).

Stoppard's play received its world premiere at the Royal Court and subsequently transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre for a sold-out run. It won the London Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play.

Rock 'n' Roll will be produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Boyett, Ostar Enterprises, Roger Berlind and Tulbart Productions, in association with Lincoln Center Theater.

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