Great play explores delicate link between past and present

Nakay Kpaka and Dakota Blue Richards
Nakay Kpaka and Dakota Blue Richards

Theatre Royal Brighton Productions and English Touring Theatre’s new version of Arcadia is set to open at Theatre Royal Brighton on January 30 before touring to theatres around the UK.

Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece, the brilliantly witty, deeply moving and thought provoking Arcadia is widely considered one of the greatest plays of the last century, winning countless awards, including the 1993 Olivier and 1995 Tony Awards for Best Play.

Tom Stoppard was named Greatest Living Playwright in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2014.

In 19th century rural Derbyshire, secret desires and professional rivalries take hold of the residents of Sidley Park.

The daughter of the house, Thomasina Coverly, is a bright and talented pupil tutored by Byron’s friend Septimus Hodge, who makes a startling discovery well ahead of her time.

In the present day, academics Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale attempt to piece together the fragments of truth that tell her story.

Arcadia explores the delicate relationship between past and present, shifting from 1809 to today as two generations of an aristocratic family explore maths, poetry, landscape gardening and computer science.

Directed by the multi award winning Blanche McIntyre, one of the UK’s most respected young directors, this will be the first major UK tour of Arcadia since its original production over 20 years ago.

Brighton based actress Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins) will make her stage debut as Thomasina, with other cast members including Kirsty Besterman, Robert Cavanah, Tom Greaves, Nakay Kpaka, Ed MacArthur, Charlie Manton, David Mara, Flora Montgomery, Wilf Scolding, Larrington Walker and Ria Zmitrowitz.

This production marks a new collaboration between Theatre Royal Brighton Productions (Dandy Dick, Blue Orange) and English Touring Theatre (Translations, Ghosts, The Misanthrope).

The play runs until February 7. Evening performances start at 7.45pm, Monday to Saturday, and Thursday and Saturday matinees start at 2.30pm.

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