Theatre Royal Brighton Productions and English Touring Theatre’s new touring production of Tom Stoppard’s comedy ARCADIA will open at Theatre Royal Brighton on 30th January 2015 before touring to theatres around the UK.
The brilliantly witty, deeply moving and thought provoking ARCADIA is widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the last century, and has won awards including the 1993 Olivier and 1995 Tony Award for Best Play. Stoppard himself was awarded with the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Greatest Living Playwright in 2014.
ARCADIA explores the relationship between past and present, shifting between 1809 and present day aristocratic family, exploring maths, poetry, landscape gardening and computer science. This will be the first major UK tour of ARCADIA since its original production over 20 years ago.
Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins) will be joined for her stage début as main character Thomasina by Kirsty Besterman, Robert Cavanah, Tom Greaves, Nakay Kpaka, Ed MacArthur, Charlie Manton, David Mara, Flora Montgomery, Wilf Scolding, Larrington Walker and Ria Zmitrowitz. ARCADIA will be directed by the multi-award winning Blanche McIntyre.
This production marks a new collaboration between Theatre Royal Brighton Productions (Dandy Dick, Blue Orange) and English Touring Theatre (Translations, Ghosts, The Misanthrope).
In 19th century rural Derbyshire, secret desires and professional rivalries take hold of the residents of Sidley Park. The daughter of the house, Thomasina Coverly, is a bright and talented pupil tutored by Byron’s friend Septimus Hodge, who makes a startling discovery well ahead of her time. In the present day, academics Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story.
Arcadia comes to Theatre Royal Brighton on Fri 30 Jan – Sat 7 Feb, 2015