London's Menier Chocolate Factory is to revive Tom Stoppard's 1974 play Travesties, beginning performances September 22 prior to an official opening October 4, for a run through November 19.
It was last revived by the RSC in 1993, and will now star British stage and screen actor Tom Hollander as Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in 1917 Zurich, who remembers—and misremembers—James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin.
The play is described as such: “When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry's mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?”
Hollander's London stage appearances include A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic), The Hotel in Amsterdam and The Threepenny Opera (both Donmar Warehouse), The Judas Kiss (Playhouse Theatre and Broadway), The Government Inspector and Tartuffe (both Almeida Theatre), Mojo (Royal Court Theatre), Don Juan (Sheffield Theatres), The School for Scandal (National Theatre) and As You Like It (Cheek by Jowl). TV credits include Doctor Thorne, The Night Manager, A Poet In New York, Rev. (co-created with James Wood), Ambassadors, Any Human Heart and The Thick Of It. His film credits include Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Riot Club, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, In The Loop, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
It will be directed by Patrick Marber, who has directed his own plays Dealer's Choice (National Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), Closer (National Theatre/West End's Lyric Theatre/Broadway), Howard Katz and Three Days In the Country (both National Theatre). As a director, he has also directed 1953 (Almeida Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court at Duke of York's Theatre) and The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre).
The production will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Neil Austin and sound and original music by Adam Cork.
Public booking opens June 29. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7378 1713 or visit menierchocolatefactory.com.