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About Arcadia

Arcadia, Tom Stoppard's "richest, most ravishing comedy" (NY Times), is a dazzling, witty masterpiece of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, resonating across centuries. 

David Leveaux, one of the country's leading directors, whose other recent West End and Broadway work with Tom Stoppard includes The Real Thing and Jumpers, will direct the first major revival of this brilliant play since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1993.

April 1809, a stately home in Derbyshire... Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries.

Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard, are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth.

"This is a brilliant, brilliant play. A play of ideas, of consummate theatricality, of sophisticated entertainment and of heartache for a time never to be regained".  - The Sunday Times

Don't miss this remarkable and wonderfully funny play by one of the world's greatest writers. Only at the Duke of York's Theatre for a strictly limited season until 12 September 2009.

"I have never left a new play more convinced that I'd just witnessed a masterpiece" - Daily Telegraph