The epic play spans the recent history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution - but from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by a Communist philosopher at Cambridge. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the play stars Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack and Rufus Sewell.
The overnight critics couldn’t fault Stoppard’s “sensational” new play, which they found both intellectual and uplifting, nor Nunn’s “excellent” premiere production with its well-pitched performances from all the leads and supporting ensemble.
Rock 'n' Roll marks the Royal Court debuts of both Stoppard and Nunn. It runs in Sloane Square, as part of the theatre’s year-long 50th anniversary season, until 15 July 2006 and then moves to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season from 22 July to 24 September (See News, 18 Apr 2006).
- by Caroline Ansdell