Rough Crossing

One of Tom Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant plays.

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land, and opening night. But they are constantly distracted by their delicate composer’s attempts to end it all, having overheard his lover confess her feelings to the leading man. Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

 

Freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s Jatek a Kastelyban (Play at the Castle)

Songs: Music by Andre Previn, Lyrics by Tom Stoppard

 

“Few modern playwrights serve a fizzier champagne of verbal wit than Tom Stoppard” THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

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