Last Updated on 13 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
Aidan McArdle is among cast joining Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from August
Full casting has been announced for Tom Stoppard’s latest play, Leopoldstadt, when it returns to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End from 7 August.
Aidan McArdle is joining the cast as Hermann Merz along with Cara Ballingall, Arty Froushan and Macy Nyman after the run was cut short after only two months in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions.
They join original cast members Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Faye Castelow, Joe Coen, Felicity Davidson, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Avye Leventis, Noof Ousellam, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Sadie Shimmin, Griffin Stevens and Eleanor Wyld.
The children’s cast comprises Noa Alberts, Rocco Brenner, Atticus Collier, Willa Collier, Aidan Greenberg, Mae Sarner Henson, Aidan Herrmann, Lexi Hudaly, Audrey Kattan, Ollie Kohn, Max Lester, Mace Phoenix, Leo Roberts, Osian Salter, Raphael Shbero and Shoshana Shbero.
Sonia Friedman Productions is bringing Leopoldstadt back for a 12-week run at the Wyndham’s from 7 August to 30 October 2021.
Since it was forced to close in March 2020, the production won the award for best new play in the 2020 Olivier Awards. Adrian Scarborough, who is no longer available, won best actor in a supporting role for playing Hermann Merz. Luke Thallon, Ed Stoppard and Alexis Zegerman are also not listed as returning to the cast.
Leopoldstadt is directed by Patrick Marber, with set designs by Richard Hudson, costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. However, Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which has not ended yet.
The theatre is reopening in line with Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, partnered with the Society of London Theatre’s See It Safely campaign.