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Stoppard's Theatre

Stoppard's Theatre
Finding Order amid Chaos

John Fleming offers the first book-length assessment of Tom Stoppard’s work in nearly a decade.

Series: Literary Modernism Series

January 2001
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343 pages | 6 x 9 |

With a thirty-year run of award-winning, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful plays, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967) to The Invention of Love (1997), Tom Stoppard is arguably the preeminent playwright in Britain today. His popularity also extends to the United States, where his plays have won three Tony awards and his screenplay for Shakespeare in Love won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

John Fleming offers the first book-length assessment of Stoppard's work in nearly a decade. He takes an in-depth look at the three newest plays (Arcadia, Indian Ink, and The Invention of Love) and the recently revised versions of Travesties and Hapgood, as well as at four other major plays (Rosencrantz, Jumpers, Night and Day, and The Real Thing). Drawing on Stoppard's personal papers at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRHRC), Fleming also examines Stoppard's previously unknown play Galileo, as well as numerous unpublished scripts and variant texts of his published plays.

Fleming also mines Stoppard's papers for a fuller, more detailed overview of the evolution of his plays. By considering Stoppard's personal views (from both his correspondence and interviews) and by examining his career from his earliest scripts and productions through his most recent, this book provides all that is essential for understanding and appreciating one of the most complex and distinctive playwrights of our time.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Annotated Chronology of Stoppard's Career
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Career before Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
  • Chapter 2: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Chapter 3: Galileo
  • Chapter 4: Jumpers
  • Chapter 5: Travesties
  • Chapter 6: Examining Eastern Bloc Repression
  • Chapter 7: Night and Day
  • Chapter 8: The Real Thing
  • Chapter 9: Hapgood
  • Chapter 10: Arcadia
  • Chapter 11: Indian Ink
  • Chapter 12: The Invention of Love
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

John Fleming is Director of Graduate Studies in the Theatre Department at Southwest Texas State University.


“The fullest and most complete analysis of Stoppard’s works from their first presentations to later revivals, this book is a must for anyone contemplating a production of any of Stoppard’s plays. Strongly recommended for college and university libraries and for theater professionals.”

“. . . a thoughtful and well-considered appreciation of Stoppard’s theatrical work. . . . It will be of value to directors as well as to theater instructors and playwriting classes.”
Library Journal

“. . . a clear, readable and eminently useful account of Stoppard’s work for the stage.”
American Theatre