Licensing rights for Tom Stoppard's Olivier-winning and 2023 Tony Award-nominated Leopoldstadt have been acquired by Broadway Licensing, who will offer the title to professional theatres, community groups, and schools via their Dramatists Play Service imprint. The work, a 2023 Best Play Tony Award nominee, is currently running at Broadway's Longacre Theatre through July 2.
Set over several decades, beginning in 1899 Vienna, Leopoldstadt follows the lives of a singular extended Jewish family into the mid-20th century in an exploration of the human condition, legacy, and resilience.
The work premiered in London in 2020 at the Wyndham's Theatre, reuniting Stoppard, director Patrick Marber, and producer Sonia Friedman for the first time since collaborating on Travesties in 2017. Stoppard has previously had 18 plays staged on Broadway, beginning with his famous reimagining Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which opened 55 years ago. Since then, his works have won four Tony Awards for Best Play.
"Leopoldstadt is a masterwork in storytelling, highlighting the experiences many Jewish families faced leading up to, during, and post the Holocaust—and how one family survived them," says Broadway Licensing Group CEO and Founder Sean Cercone. "The play is especially meaningful, given modern-day cultural challenges around the globe, and we are honored to represent this powerful title, in our purpose to make everyone a theatre person."
Leopoldstadt joins six other Stoppard titles in the Dramatists Play Service catalogue, including Dalliance, The Hard Problem, Night and Day, On the Razzle, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.