(From the publisher):
Travesties was born out of Stoppard’s noting that in 1917 three of the twentieth century’s most crucial revolutionaries – James Joyce, the Dadaist founder Tristan Tzara, and Lenin – were all living in Zurich. Also living in Zurich at this time was a British consular official called Henry Carr, a man acquainted with Joyce through the theater and later through a lawsuit concerning a pair of trousers. Taking Carr as his core, Stoppard spins this historical coincidence into a masterful and riotously funny play, a speculative portrait of what could have been the meeting of these profoundly influential men in a germinal Europe as seen through the lucid, lurid, faulty, and wholly riveting memory of an aging Henry Carr.
Original title: Travesties
Genre: Drama and Plays
- First performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on June 10, 1974. First US production at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, on October 30, 1974. First production of the revised version was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican, London, on October 16, 1993.