Before The Invention of Love comes to the Long Center with Austin Shakespeare this month, we thought you might want to learn more about its Academy and Tony-award winning playwright, Sir Tom Stoppard. Fan of Oscar Wilde? Tennessee Williams? Samuel Beckett? Read on.
Sir Tom Stoppard has quite an impressive resume. Over the course of his long career he has written for radio, television, stage and film. Some of his famous plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstein are Dead, The Real Thing, Arcadia, and Jumpers. There have been 19 productions of his plays on Broadway. Two were revived in New York just this season. The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon and Maggie Gyllenhall ran on Broadway and Indian Ink had its off-Broadway premiere.
If you’re not familiar with his plays, odds are you probably know some of his other work. He’s written screenplays for Empire of the Sun, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Anna Karenina, Shakespeare in Love and the HBO series Parade’s End.
At 77, Tom shows no signs of slowing down. His newest play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in London just last week and will be broadcast to cinemas in April.
The Invention of Love is considered by many to be his greatest play. It explores the secret, unrequited and life-long love of the great poet A.E. Houseman. The play is written from the viewpoint of Housman, dealing with his memories at the end of his life, and contains many classical allusions. The Invention of Love also features a young Oscar Wilde bursting on to the scene.
After a 1997 premiere in London, The Invention of Love opened on Broadway in 2001 starring Richard Easton and Robert Sean Leonard. The play won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and both actors won Tony awards for their performances.
Get your tickets now for The Invention of Love; don’t miss the opportunity to experience a play by one of the greatest playwrights of our time!