"Powerful! Rich and rewarding! An irrepressible anthem of love and freedom. An affecting blend of intellectual engagement and emotional force. Pulses with the unstoppable force of love and desire." — The Boston Globe
"Stoppard's finest play! It had me hooked!" — Ben Brantley, The New York Times

It's August 1968, and Russian tanks are rolling into Prague. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, and the Stones are rolling in. A sweeping drama spanning two countries, three generations, and 22 turbulent years, at the end of which all that remains is love — and rock 'n' roll.

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  • Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington Theatre Company

    Tom Stoppard's rapturous tale of Prague's rock revolution, this Tony Award nominee for Best New Play follows the passions and politics of a Marxist professor in Cambridge and his Rolling Stones-obsessed protege fighting for freedom in Soviet-dominated Prague. The sweeping drama spans two countries, three generations, and 22 turbulent years at the end of which all that remains is love -- and rock 'n' roll.

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Press Reviews

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"Powerful! Rich and Rewarding! An irrepressible anthem of love and freedom. An affecting blend of intellectual engagement and emotional force. Pulses with the unstoppable force of love and desire." The Boston Globe
"Music drives the revolution in Stoppard's Rock 'n Roll." Wicked Local - Hingham
"Outstanding! A superb production! [Actor Manoel] Felciano is the first among equals in the Huntington Theatre Company's superb co-production. Credit to artistic director Peter DuBois for mounting such a fine production in Boston." — WBUR
"Superb! Rock 'n' Roll is a hit! It grabs the audience from the moment the curtain rises." The Patriot Ledger
"A must-see production! Playwriting at its best. Easily one of the finest shows of the last few years in Boston. Tickets should be purchased as quickly as possible for fear of sell-outs." BerkshireFineArts.com
"Triumphant. Rock 'n' Roll is arguably Stoppard's finest play ... Stoppard treats the characters of Rock 'n' Roll with a deep affection I've never encountered from him before." — The New York Times
"A rare theatrical experience. It sends you out of the theatre with its provocative ideas fizzing in your brain and the Rolling Stones 'You Got Me Rocking' nipping at your heels." — MTV
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Features

  • Theater Preview: Rock 'N' Rock

    From The Patriot Ledger, Nov. 10, 2008: "Esme, an English girl, comes into her garden, to find a Pan-like creature perched on a limb where he sings her a verse of a song. Decades later, which translates into an evening’s worth of stage time in British playwright Tom Stoppard’s Rock ’n’ Roll, the song is mentioned again, to mark Esme’s reunion with Jan, the play’s central character. . . ."
  • Songs in the Key of a Playwright's Life

    From The Boston Globe, Nov. 2, 2008: "Tom Stoppard thought he might write a play about a rock star living like a hermit in suburbia. The inspirational recluse was Syd Barrett, fallen cofounder of Pink Floyd. The British playwright, a lover of music and chronicler of the intersection of personal and political identity, became fixated on two photos of Barrett: one a beautiful young romantic, the other a thickset bald man pedaling home from the supermarket.. . . ."

Artists

  • René AugesenEleanor / Esme [older]
  • Bree ElrodGillian / Magda / Deirdre
  • Manoel FelcianoJan
  • Rod GnappMilan
  • Drew HirshfieldThe Piper / Policeman / Stephen
  • Delia MacDougallLenka
  • Robert ParsonsInterrogator / Nigel
  • Marcia PizzoCandida
  • Summer SerafinEsme [younger] / Alice
  • Jud WillifordFerdinand
  • Jack WilisMax
  • Tom StoppardPlaywright
  • Carey PerloffDirector
  • Douglas W. SchmidtScenic Designer
  • Alex JaegerCostume Designer
  • Robert WierzelLighting Designer
  • Jake RodriguezSound Design
  • Michael PallerDramaturg
  • Meryl Lind ShawCasting Director
  • Kimberly Mark WebbProduction Stage Manager
  • Jameson R. CroasdaleStage Manager
  • American Conservatory Theater

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