A Stoppard play is a lightshow of shimmering language, multi-tiered ideas, intricate wit and outlandish characterisation.
Shakespearean. Pinteresque. Stoppardian. Once your surname becomes an adjective, you've pretty much hit cultural Nirvana. Sir Tom Stoppard is one of the world's most celebrated and influential playwrights, his distinctive oeuvre characterised by big ideas, coruscating wordplay and passionate humanism.
Stoppard’s 1967 breakthrough Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead set the benchmark, earning the playwright a Tony on Broadway and paving the way for international success on stage, screen and radio – from Jumpers (72) to Rock 'n' Roll (06); from Brazil (85) to the BAFTA winning Shakespeare in Love (98).
Describing himself, with characteristic humility, as a ‘timid libertarian’, Stoppard is in fact a tireless campaigner for civil liberties and human rights. As a vice president of English PEN, he is an ardent champion of freedom of expression. Help celebrate a remarkable career, as Dublin Writers Festival gets up close and personal with one of the seminal figures of 20th and 21st-century British culture.