Tom Stoppard: National Theatre welcomes back one of its most favoured sons
Tom Stoppard, new play, 2015: tickets go on sale on 23rd October for The Hard Problem, National Theatre, plus, book to see Stoppard and Hytner in conversation, writes Lucy Brooks
The Hard Problem tackles one of the most divisive issues exercising the brains of biologists and psychologists today – 'if there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?' As weighty as this sounds, the multi-award-winning Arcadia (1993) handled similarly complicated scientific issues with a deftly witty touch, and after more than 50 years in the business, there’s no doubt Stoppard knows what he’s doing.
Tickets are sure to sell out very fast indeed for the production, but fans will also get the opportunity to hear Stoppard and Hytner in conversation about the play, an evening which should provide a fascinating insight into the working relationship between two theatrical titans. Both men are establishment figures who wear that status lightly, highly intelligent but never dull. To hear them discuss this long-awaited play will be a pleasure.
For tickets to hear Tom Stoppard and Nicholas Hytner in conversation about The Hard Problem, click here