Stoppard's 'Travesties' Revived for Bloomsday in June

Published by: Frances Devlin-Glass | 23-Apr-2019
Following hugely successful revivals in London and New York, Tom Stoppard's brilliant comedy, 'Travesties', will have a short Bloomsday season in June at fortyfivedownstairs. It has all the hallmarks of Stoppard's style - playfully extravagant theatricality, an historical occasion, and wit. @ReJoycingMelb
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders lane, Melbourne
Date: 12-23 June 219
Time: Various times. For details of theatre event, seminar and luncheon, see
Ticket: $20-45
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Loosely based on historical events, 'Travesties' brings together in Zurich in 1917 literary master James Joyce writing 'Ulysses', Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and Romanian anarchist Tristan Tzara. The main character, Henry Carr, a British consular official in Zurich, took James Joyce to court over payment for a pair of trousers for his role as Algernon in a production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Carr's unreliable memory gives Stoppard the excuse he needs to have his historical figures double as characters in Wilde's witty masterpiece, leading to some truly inspired theatrical mayhem.

Jennifer Sarah Dean trained at London's Globe Theatre and founded the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, and will direct Travesties for Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce. Since 2016, she has notched up seven sold-out Shakespeare productions across Melbourne, co-directed an Australian national tour and directed shows at The Athenaeum Theatre (2017), and at Rippon Lea in the Ballroom, and Holy Cow! at fortyfivedownstairs for Bloomsday 2018.

Bloomsday in Melbourne, internationally recognised for its Joyce-inspired theatre since 1994, is thrilled to be bringing Joyce to local audiences via this accessible and witty classic of modern British theatre. 'Joyce was writing 'Ulysses' in Zurich in 1917,' says founder and Creative Director, Frances Devlin-Glass, 'and Stoppard, in what may be his best play, doesn't miss the opportunity to exploit some historical coincidences with a brilliant display of parodies of not only Joyce but Wilde and Shakespeare. Established fans and newcomers alike will find this show exhilarating.' 'Travesties' by Tom Stoppard is at fortyfivedownstairs, Flinders Lane, from 12-23 June 2019. Bookings at

In addition to Travesties, the Bloomsday festival features a seminar and lunch at the Swiss Club on 16 June from 11am. Information at

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