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Tom Stoppard: Plays 5 : Arcadia, The Real Thing, Night & Day, Indian Ink, Hapgood Paperback – December 1, 2000

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“I have never left a new play more convinced that I'd just witnessed a masterpiece.” ―Daily Telegraph on Arcadia

“This is a brilliant, brilliant play. A play of ideas, of consummate theatricality, of sophisticated entertainment and of heartache for time never to be regained.” ―Sunday Times on Arcadia

“In The Real Thing he [Stoppard] combines some fly Pirandellian games with an unequivocal statement about the joyousness of shared passion. And the result is the rare thing in the West End (or anywhere else for that matter): an intelligent play about love.” ―Guardian

“How excellent it is to leave a theatre thinking as this play makes you think.” ―Financial Times on Night & Day

Hapgood is a new variation on one of Stoppard's abiding themes: the black romance of reality and appearance. This is a metaphysical spy-thriller, intricate, elegant, and lucid...for sheer intellectual excitement, Hapgood has no rival.” ―Sunday Times

“Tom Stoppard's most cunning play--a dazzling, double game of physics and espionage--remarkable.” ―Guardian on Hapgood

About the Author

Tom Stoppard's other work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tony Award), Jumpers, Travesties (Tony Award), After Margritte, Enter a Free Man, Hapgood, Indian Ink (a stage adaptation of his own play, In the Native State), and The Invention of Love (Evening Standard Award). His radio plays include If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge (Italia Prize), Where are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died, and
and In the Native State (Sony Award). Work for television includes Professional Foul (Bafta Award, Broadcasting Press Guild Award). His film credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which he also directed (winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival).

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Product Details

  • Series: Faber Contemporary Classics
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Main edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571197515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571197514
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. Timothy Johnson on September 27, 2001
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This is a great collection of Tom Stoppard plays, and includes some of his best works.
Arcadia is one of Stoppard's greatest plays - a bizarre combination of physics, mathematics, poetry, a good old-fashioned academic stoush and romance (or lust) to boot. A fantastic play to see, but very good to read also.
The Real Thing, Hapgood and Indian Ink are also among Stoppard's more mature and better plays, and nicely round out this collection. These are some of Stoppard's better known plays (and you can read reviews of them on their own pages) but I'll just summarise by saying that I think they are fantastic.
Night and Day is an earlier Stoppard play and maybe not quite as good - it is concerned with journalism in war-torn Africa and does take a deep look at issues faced by a journalist in that situation. However, in comparison to the other plays in this volume, it just doesn't seem quite as good - however it is still a fine play in its own right and does make for interesting reading nonetheless.
Overall, I definitely reccomend this volume, particularly since it's cheaper than buying each of the plays individually.
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Every time I pick up this collection, I find myself sitting and reading for hours. Something about Stoppard's command of the language, his own personal calling card, is undeniably riveting.
And though there are times (especially in Day & Night) where it seems that characters are too clever for their own good, his sense of timing and his love for delivering a smart, believable group of people amazes me.
This collection is wonderful in its scope, including everything from the frequently produced "Hapgood" to the more recent treasure "Indian Ink." It's a must-have.
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After seeing Stoppard's "The Real Thing" in London, I was blown away. I purchased this collection to have "The Real Thing," and was blown away but all 5 of Stoppard's masterpieces. He writes convincingly of love, redemption and what it means to exist and to live. I cannot recommend this collection (or anything by Stoppard) enough.
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It is useful to have several of an eminent playwright's works available side by side in order to better compare them & identify what ideas & themes they have in common. It is instructive in the art of writing plays to be instructed by
Tom Stoppard's finished works.
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Stoppard is funny! Bought this for a kid in a High School Drama program to read Arcadia, and had forgotten just how funny Stoppard can be. Thick book. Decent binding and print size. If you need to buy any one of the great Stoppard scripts in this collection, get this one. It's five great plays for the price of one!
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Stoppard is a master playwright and this collection features some of his most impressive works. A highly recommended buy, I suggest reading "The Real Thing" and "Arcadia" at least twice.
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Tom Stoppard is a brillant playwrite. I was working on a production of The Real Inspector Hound and I really loved his work, so I thought why not try some of his other plays and I was blown away. Arcadia is an incredible piece of writing. You truy will enjoy this anthology
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A local university offers a variety of courses for 'senior citizens'. When I saw who was teaching Mr. Stoppard's plays, I signed up. Plays 5 was our text. We did two plays (Indian Ink, Night and Day) and were asked to 'go through' Arcadia. In an early class, Shakespeare in Love got a mention and I perked up my ears.
General comment: Stoppard has a sense of humor (subtle, good), but needs severe editing as several scenes could benefit from cutting.
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