Tom Stoppard's award winning play 'Leopoldstadt' had it's Broadway premiere last night, Sunday 2nd October. The play is set in Vienna and follows the trials of the Jewish Merz family from the end of the 19th Century through to the 1950s. The West End production won an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2020 and has received outstanding reviews.
The Independent calls it "Tom Stoppard's masterpiece. Magnificent", The Wall Street Journal declares that it "ranks among Mr Stoppard's greatest works", going on to call it "An inexpressably moving and majestic play", the New York Times calls it "powerful and heart-rending" and Deadline says the play is "Brilliant and gorgeous. A Masterpiece".
British actor Arty Froushan stars as Leo in the final act of the play which is set in 1955. His character is a London-raised cousin of one of the main protagonists who has scant regard for his Jewish heritage and his own childhood in Vienna. As the final act unfolds he is reminded of the past and the price paid by his family over the previous half-century.
Arty discovered his love of Tom Stoppard's works when he studied Arcadia at school as a 17 year old and has recently said ""I remember staring at the little thumbnail picture of him on the back of the play booklet and deciding that one day I would be in a play of his."
Meet the cast as they talk about the play and watch the play's preview trailer on Twitter.
The play features a cast of 38 actors and is directed by Patrick Marber.
Last night's star-studded premiere took place at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway and was attended by celebrities including Stephen Spielberg and Mick Jagger.
Arty Froushan is available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click his image for his profile page and voiceover showreel.