Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is unstoppable


Tom Stoppard believes he has cracked the old chestnut of whether Chekhov's plays are comedies. "It suddenly became perfectly clear to me," he says, "that you could answer with another question: 'Is life?' So it stops being a puzzle." In Chekhov, as in life, a "production with no laughs" would hardly be to Stoppard's taste. Chekhov "liked laughter through unshed tears".

If Chekhov has long been a puzzle, so, in a sense, has Stoppard. In a 45-year career spanning stage, screen and radio, he is credited with bringing ideas back into British theatre.

(The Guardian UK)


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