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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Tom Stoppard's finished works.
General comment: Stoppard has a sense of humor (subtle, good), but needs severe editing as several scenes could benefit from cutting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a good purchase since it contains five plays. My husband and I are currently reading two of them before we see them on Broadway.Published 21 months ago by Chips
This is the gotta have group of plays by one of the very best playwrights alive today.Published on July 21, 2014 by M. S. Blomgren
Stoppard highly acclaimed by critics and my literary friends. My rating is actually of myself. I read the first act of "Arcadia" and was very bored, so never finishedPublished on October 21, 2013 by Philip B. Lorenz
This is a really good compilation of some of Stoppard's best plays. Especially ones that aren't as well known like Indian Ink & Night & DayPublished on June 26, 2013 by P. Reynoso
We love Tom Stoppard. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't catch the witty dialogue. With this book we can read the plays and understand dialogue. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by The Clover
I chose this selection for a play reading group.
It will be very useful. I am sure that others will enjoy it, too.
Somewhat dated; however, the atmosphere of impending chaos around the moral issues of press freedom makes for great reading. This is one of Stoppard's best plays.Published on July 10, 2011 by J. Smallridge