His play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," was performed in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Stride, Edward Petherbridge, Graham Crowden, and Ronald Pickup in the cast. Goldby was director.
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I'm an English middle-class bourgeois, who prefers to read a book to almost anything else. It would be an insane pretension for me to write 'poems of a petrol bomber'.
When Stoppard's family (then named "Straussler") fled Czechoslovakia to escape the Nazis, they stopped identifying as Jews. Stoppard was still a young child when this happened, and by the end of the war, his father had died and his mother had remarried to a British man named Kenneth Stoppard, who gave Tom his last name and insisted that the family's former Judaism be kept secret. Tom was only ...