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A masterpiece, works beautifully in the theatre as on the page.
on 8 January 2014
This play is very complex, clever and funny - one of Stoppard's best things. It mixes history and comedy in a very interesting way - if you want to know about the plot, read the Amazon blurb. I read this on my Kindle very happily, and since part of the play uses Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of being Earnest", I downloaded that - for free - and re-read it to help me understand all the references and parodies in the Stoppard play. It would be a good wheeze of the publishers of the Kindle edition to combine these two plays in one purchase.
In my original review I said how sad it was that as far as I know there had been no major production of this play in the UK since 1993. I'm glad to say this is no longer true. I just (February 2017) saw a really excellent revival in London with a superb cast lead by Tom Hollander. Stoppard was involved in the production ( by Patrick Marber) and allowed some changes. On stage it's as good as I remember it from the seventies.