Hermione Lee (c) John Cairns

Hermione Lee on Tom Stoppard

in conversation with Andrew Kelly

Festival of Ideas Online/
Tue 20 October 2020

Crowdcast

Hermione Lee on Tom Stoppard

in conversation with Andrew Kelly

Hermione Lee (c) John Cairns
Tue 20 October 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

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Tom Stoppard is one of our greatest playwrights and has written for radio, television, stage and film. His work covers themes of censorship, human rights and political freedom. His plays include ArcadiaThe Coast of UtopiaEvery Good Boy Deserves FavourProfessional FoulThe Real ThingTravestiesThe Invention of Love, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; his screenplays include The Russia House, Brazil, and Shakespeare in Love. He has received four Tony Awards and one Academy Award. He started his writing career on the Western Daily Press in Bristol.

With unprecedented access to private papers, diaries, letters, and countless interviews with figures ranging from Felicity Kendal to John Boorman and Trevor Nunn to Steven Spielberg, Hermione Lee has built a meticulously researched portrait of Stoppard.

Drawing on several years of long, exploratory conversations with Stoppard himself, she tracked his Czech origins and childhood in India to every school and home he’s ever lived in, every piece of writing he’s ever done, and every play and film he’s ever worked on. She discusses the complex, elusive and private man, telling us an enormous amount about him but leaving us with the fascinating mystery of his ultimate unknowability.

Hermione Lee is in discussion with Festival of Ideas director, Andrew Kelly.

Tom Stoppard: A Life is published by Faber & Faber. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones and get an extra 20% off when you register for this event. Find the discount code in the CHAT section of the event on Crowdcast.

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Hermione Lee image (c) John Cairns

 

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