Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, Travesties is a landmark play in the Broadway repertoire. Performed by the same cast and crew which sold-out a run in London’s West End, the show is returning to Broadway away a long hiatus. Watch BAFTA award winner, Tom Hollander, take lead over a supporting cast of prolific actors and directed by Tony nominee Patrick Marber. All in all, the show has all the right markings to produce a magical, thought-provoking comedy!
Why Watch Travesties
Travesties is an iconic play written by Tom Stoppard. A Tony Award winning comedy, it is inspired by the real life story of Henry Wilfred Carr. The play offers an insight into the interactions of Carr with James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, and Lenin, all prominent figures in world history. Join the cast as they traverse through Zurich in 1917, and go on a literary, artistic, and political journey.
A stand-out feature of this play, is the play-within-another-play concept. The story of Travesties is narrated through another play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, another huge name in the Broadway’s repertoire.
Besides being a widely well-received play, a key-stand out of this production is the stellar cast and crew members involved in it. Led by Olivier Award winning director, Patrick Marber, and Tony nominee Tom Hollander, the show promises to be a visual masterclass.
Meet Henry Carr, a minor British consular official who was posted in Zurich in 1917 during the First World War. An aging man with distorted memories, Carr has confused thoughts where he played a key influence in the major European revolutions of the 20th century. A whimsical play which explores politics, history, and art, the story explores each subject through Carr in a manner, which draws makes you laugh, but also think.
The plot is narrated through the medium of another play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ by legendary Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. During this play, Carr plays the role of Algernon and ponder upon the very essence of life. Through the play, Carr comments on the ideologies of James Joyce, writer of Ulysses; Vladimir Lenin, the legendary communist revolutionary; and Tristan Tzara, the creator of avant-garde art style Dadaism.
Broadway Affectionados | Classics’ Enthusiasts | Comedy Lovers
"Rarely in theatre are words wielded to such a heightened as well as consistently comic effect."
– The Evening Standard
"Stoppard's main interest here is in the competing value systems of art and commerce and whether art can be a greater revolutionary force than politics. In exploring this, the play takes ostentatious delight in its own unabashed intellectualism, but Hollander's performance anchors its cerebral posturing in the realm of actual human experience."
– The Telegraph
Know Before You Go
The show is recommended for audiences about 12 years of age.
Assisted listening devices available
The American Airlines theatre has a seating capacity of 740 seats in total. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart Guide
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, New York, New York