- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber (7 Oct. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571164005
- ISBN-13: 978-0571164004
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,912,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rough Crossing and On The Razzle Hardcover – 7 Oct 1991
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"Adaptation in Stoppard's terms means finding a sympathetic text and using it as a springboard for invention that leaves the original far behind."--Irving Wardle's description of the first production of "Rough Crossing "also applies to "On the Razzle,"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tom Stoppard was born in 1937 in Czechoslovakia. His early years were spent in Singapore, India and, from 1946, England, after his mother married an officer in the British Army. Leaving school at seventeen, Stoppard worked as a reporter in Bristol, before moving to London to work as a theatre critic and feature writer. During this period he began to write plays for radio and for the stage and published his only novel, Lord Malquist and Mr Moon. His first major success, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, was produced in London in 1967 at the Old Vic after critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival. Subsequent plays include Enter a Free Man, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His radio plays include If You're Glad, I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge, Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died and In the Native State. Work for television includes Professional Foul and Squaring the Circle. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love (with Marc Norman) and Enigma.$$$In August 2002 the Royal National Theatre in London premièred Stoppard's trilogy - Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage - three sequential self-contained plays that comprise The Coast of Utopia.
Top Customer Reviews
Quite a lot of the humour comes through performance, and when reading the play, you might think things aren't funny, or are a little too obvious. Trust me, you are wrong.
The interraction between Weinberl and Christopher is one of the main selling points, but Zangler is fantastically pompous and stupid, and Melchior is simply classic (in joke).
And, of course, the Italian waiter who may or may not have been played by me is the star of the show. Obviously.