To accompany the National Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's new play, The Hard Problem, I'm chairing a study day about Stoppard's work, entitled Stoppard in Context. Guests will include Jim Hunter (who has written several books on Stoppard), Blanche McIntyre (director of the recent revival of Arcadia), Anthony Calf (star of The Hard Problem), Simon Russell Beale (who has played George Moore in Jumpers, amongst other things), and, at the end of the day, Tom Stoppard himself. It's going to be a pleasure meeting these people and chewing over what makes Stoppard's work tick, what his distinctive contribution to our theatre is, what challenges and opportunities he opens up for theatremakers, and how he came to write and shape The Hard Problem.
Stoppard in Context runs 2-5pm on Thursday 5 February. Tickets can be booked here.