Review: Arcadia

From a purely aesthetic point of view, the President’s Garden in Magdalen College provided a marvellous backdrop to this skilful and enjoyable production of Arcadia, yet, with an irony that Stoppard himself may have enjoyed, such sumptuous surroundings were the only drawback for the Magdalen Players’ latest offering. The choice of Arcadia for this year’s Magdalen Garden play was […]

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20 years on: Arcadia still breaking all the rules

Theatre and theoretical physics are not usually considered the most natural of companions. The canon consists of Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s rather macabre production The Physicists, and… actually, that’s about it. Enter Tom Stoppard. Arcadia, set in both 1809 and 1993, is superficially a comic drama. There’s dancing, hunting, adultery, at least one elopement, […]

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