Arcadia was voted 7th in a top 100 plays survey by ‘What’s on Stage’ in recent years. Picking up an Olivier award and a Tony nomination on opening it was originally reviewed by The Times as a “perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy.”
This audience favourite stays in one room in a Country House in Derbyshire and whisks us from the 19th to the 20th Century, as the characters in the present investigate the events played out by those in the past. Lord Byron plays a crucial role in both time periods without ever appearing. The honour of showing up in both eras belongs to a tortoise, a role undertaken by a tortoise named Shelly, who the cast hope does not live up to her character’s name of ‘lightening!’
Playwright Tom Stoppard, best known for the much loved Shakespeare in Love, gives us a play encompassing landscape gardening, mathematics and science, not to the mention the complications of sex in both centuries. You can see it next week when it opens at the Kenton Theatre.
Arcadia will be performed by The Henley Players at the Kenton Theatre from 21–24 March at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Matinee on 24th March. Box Office 01491 575698 https://www.kentontheatre.co.uk/