The Tabard Theatre presents the 40th anniversary production of Jumpers, Tom Stoppard’s deliciously insightful comedy.
An acrobat has been murdered at a party given by the manically depressive former musical comedy star, Dotty Moore, to celebrate the accession of a new Radical Liberal government. Her husband George, an ageing professor of moral philosophy, attempts to rehearse a lecture while ignoring the nearby corpse as his wife entertains his university boss and a chorus of gymnasts from the philosophy department. What follows is a murder mystery thriller displaying Tom Stoppard's verbal ingenuity within an anarchic comical setting of adultery, gymnastics and moon landings.
Tom Stoppard is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation with his plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Thing and Arcadia. He also won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay for his co-authorship of the film, Shakespeare in Love.
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Last seen in London at The National Theatre nearly ten years ago, this new in-house production stars Emily Shaw as Dotty who has most recently covered and played the role of Miss Honey in the record breaking RSC production of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre. It also stars acclaimed Shakespearean actor Toby Eddington as George with also Mark White (Ghost The Musical), Michael McEvoy, Malcolm Freeman and Julie Rose Smith. It is directed by acclaimed West End Choreographer Madeleine Loftin and designed by Chris Hone.
Profound and playful, Jumpers is a classic Tom Stoppard farce and celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Tabard Theatre.
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