Playwright and screenwriter, best known for the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Tom Stoppard biography and information
Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard was born Tomés Straüssler on 3 July 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Singapore and India during the Second World War and moved to England in 1946 with his mother and stepfather, his own father having been killed in Singapore. Educated at schools in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, he became a journalist working for the Western Daily Press and the Bristol Evening World, and became theatre critic for Scene magazine in London. He began writing plays for radio and television, including The Dissolution of Dominic Boot, A Walk on the Water, televised in 1963, and The Stand-Ins, later revised as The Real Inspector Hound. Albert's Bridge was first broadcast by BBC Radio in 1967.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1966. The play came to the attention of Kenneth Tynan, then working for the National Theatre, and it was produced at the National in 1967 and on Broadway in 1967, winning a Tony Award for Best Play (USA) in 1968. The Real Inspector Hound was first staged in 1968, followed by productions of Albert's Bridge and If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, both in 1969.
Tom Stoppard was knighted in 1997.
Book and writing awards
Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 1967; Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award 1967; Tony Award for Best Play 1968 (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead); Evening Standard Award for Best Play 1972 (Jumpers); Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy of the Year 1974 (Travesties); Tony Award for Best Play 1976 (Travesties); Evening Standard Award for Best Play 1978 (Night and Day); Giles Cooper Award 1982 (The Dog it was that died); Evening Standard Award for Best Play 1982 (The Real Thing); Tony Award for Best Play 1984 (The Real Thing); Giles Cooper Award 1991 (In the Native State); Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best New Play 1993, Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year 1993 (Arcadia); Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 1994 (Arcadia); Evening Standard Award for Best Play 1997 (The invention of love); Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play 2000 (The Real Thing); Tony Award for Best Play 2007 (The Coast of Utopia); The Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts 2007.
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