Leopoldstadt on Broadway Show Information and History

Leopoldstadt Summary

  • Show Status: Future
  • Genre: Play
  • Leopoldstadt is 125 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: February 8, 2023
  • Show Opens: February 28, 2023
  • Show Closes: May 24, 2023

Tom Stoppard's story of a Jewish family through a fifty year time span in Vienna, Austria from start of the 20th century through to the end of the Second World War.

Leopoldstadt on Broadway Background

Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt comes to Broadway from London's West End where it made its world premiere in January 2020 to both popular and critical acclaim. Stoppard is notably Britain's greatest living dramatist and playwright.

The Olivier-winning play originally premiered in London in 2020 at the Wyndham Theatre. This production reunited writer Tom Stoppard, director Patrick Marber, and producer Sonia Friedman, who all last collaborated on Travesties in 2017.

Show Strikes Gold at The Olivier Awards in 2020

The show won big at the UK's version of the TONY Awards in 2020. The show won "Best New Play" and "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" at The Laurence Olivier Awards in 2020. These awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theatre.

They new play makes its North American premiere on Broadway after a cancelled run in Toronto earlier in 2022, where COVID-19 took down its plans for an out of town tryout with North American audiences.

Toronto Tryout in 2022 Cancelled

The play was scheduled to have its North American premiere at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre in January 2022, but the run was cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases and the implementation of capacity restrictions, border closings, and quarantines.

What’s Leopoldstadt Like?

The show is set over o fifty year period in Vienna, Austria. The show follows the lives of a singular extended Jewish Viennese family. The play explores the human condition and its resilience in the face of traumatic history before and after World War II. The show has five acts which include:

  • 1899: Where the family gathers for Hanukkah celebrations
  • 1900: Two of the characters Gretl and Fritz strike up an illicit affair
  • 1924: Members of the family are recovering from WW1, where one of them was killed and another maimed
  • 1938: With the rise of Nazism and Hitler's hatred of Vienna, some of the family plans to escape to England. Others are scattered across Europe, many end up in the Holocaust
  • 1955: The survivors of the family solemnly gather in the family home in Vienna. Only 3 of the original family members survive. The remaining family painfully recollect their memories and acknowledge their murdered family members

Is Leopoldstadt Good for Kids?

Although the show has a lot of historical references the show is not suitable for children under the age of 16 years.

The show contains references to a large number of adult subject matter including death, murder, suicide, rape, violence and the holocaust.

Theatre Information

Belasco Theatre

111 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,040
Entrance: 44th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenues
Theatre Information

Belasco Theatre Seating Chart

Producers

Sonia Friedman

Production Credits

Director
Patrick Marber

Creative Team

Writer
Tom Stoppard