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Tom Stoppard's Travesties premièred in summer 1974 at the Aldwych Theatre, a compelling and thought provoking expose of political history, literary pastiche, art critique and, ultimately, a brilliant parody of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. It stars the creator of the eccentric Dada art movement, Tristan Tzara, and the communist leader Lenin amongst other luminaries of the time, and is set in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1917.
The Second World War was coming to an end at long last. And Terrence Rattigan was busy writing a play that he fiddled with throughout the year of 1944 before ultimately renaming it. Now it's a classic, a comedy that never seems to lose its appeal, and it's transferring from a successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Apollo Theatre.
In 1955 Tennessee Williams' red hot play thrilled audiences and scandalised a load of sensitive people. Powerful and vivid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the innermost workings of the human psyche, and does it so beautifully that it never goes out of date. The world may change, but human behaviour remains the same. The resulting revival is due to set the West End stage on fire.