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|No Stopping Stoppard
- Tom pens a trilogy
TOM STOPPARD's new trilogy of plays previews at the National Theatre tonight. The Coast of Utopia opens August 3 to mark the end of Nunn's rein as artistic director of the National.
Voyage, Ship Wreck and Salvage move from the 1830s to the modern day. Set in nineteenth century Russia in the hay day of romantic poet Pushkin and his epic poem Eugene Onegin, The Coast of Utopia examines the political and philosophical movements that excited young Russian idealists.
Stoppard's latest dramas offer his typical antidote to the West End phenomena of low brow musicals. The brains behind hits like Arcadia, The Real Thing and Jumpers has tackled topics as intellectual as the theory of relativity, landscape architecture, and literary criticism - and these plays look like no exception. Stoppard's long association with the National promises to continue under Nicholas Hytner's leadership.