ast meets present in Arcadia, moving between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate of the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition as the Arcadian landscape transforms into a picturesque Gothic garden, complete with a hermitage. Thirteen year-old genius Lady Thomasina and her tutor are delving into intellectual and romantic issues. Two hundred years in the future, Hannah, Bernard, and an unlikely team of researchers are digging through the history of Sidley Park investigating a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. The story explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the greatest physical force of all: love.
Sir Tom Stoppard is a British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil, The Russia House, and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards.
"Pure entertainment for the heart, mind, soul...The best Broadway play for many, many a season. It is a work shot through with fun, passion and, yes, genius." - The New York Post
"Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and...emotion. It's like a dream of levitation: you're instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop the loops... The playwright is a daredevil pilot who's steady at the controls." - The New York Times
"Full of complex ideas and pleasures one expects from this master of dramatic composition." - Time Out New York