His play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," was performed at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with Christopher Timothy, Richard O'Callaghan, William Squire, and Darien Angadi in the cast. Bernard Goss was director.
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I came here [to Britain] when I was eight. Within minutes, it seems to me, I had no sense of being in an alien land and my feelings for English landscape, English architecture, English character, all this, have just somehow become stronger and stronger.
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 ...