Artist Descending a Staircase

by  Tom Stoppard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 1f

"Artfulness, artistry and art history are elegantly brought together.... On one level a simple whodunit, the work is also a clever exercise in altering alignments, which makes you aware of how you have failed to see what was staring you in the face."…

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Artist Descending a Staircase

by  Tom Stoppard

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    6m, 1f
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    • Adult
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    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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In 1972 an elderly avant garde artist is murdered, leaving his two friends suspecting each other. To reveal why, successive scenes flashback toward the 1920s and then progress back to 1972. Each of the three was infatuated with Sophie. Before she tragically went blind she fell in love with one of them after viewing his picture in a gallery. Which artist Sophie loved has been a bone of contention all their lives. This full length play in one act was a radio play before it was staged to acclaim in London.
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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1950s, 1930s, 1920s
  • Setting: An attic studio, a room, in the open air
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


6m, 1f
M6 (20s, 70s) F1 (22)
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Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in 2015. He wrote his first play, Enter a Free Man, whilst working as a journalist in Bristol. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves ...

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