His play, "The Real Thing," was performed at the Strand Theatre in London, England with Michael Pennington, Lucy Gutteridge, Caroline Hutchison, Alister Cameron, and Andrew Forbes in the cast. Peter Wood was director.
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[In 1968] It wasn't all posh, of course. The "scene", as we called it, was more populously located in a shifting underground of art events - exhibitions, gigs, happenings, poetry readings - in dark places around Covent Garden and elsewhere and here the word "revolution" takes on some substance, I think. It was not a social revolution, but there was a sense of a cultural revolution pivoted on that...
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 ...