Tom Stoppard's Arcadia to Launch Tour, Directed by Blanche McIntyre | Playbill

News Tom Stoppard's Arcadia to Launch Tour, Directed by Blanche McIntyre Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play Arcadia, which won both the Laurence Olivier and Tony Award for Best Play, is to be revived at Theatre Royal, Brighton, beginning performances Jan. 30, 2015, for a run through Feb. 7, prior to a national tour, co-produced by Brighton Theatre Royal Productions and English Touring Theatre.

The play, recently voted one of the nation’s top five plays in English Touring Theatre’s My Favourite Play poll, which was conducted to mark the company’s 21st birthday celebrations, will be directed by Blanche McIntyre. The production, announced at a special visit by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to the Theatre Royal Brighton, will be one of the first to benefit from the new Theatre Tax Relief that has been introduced by the U.K.’s government. The relief will provide an additional corporation tax deduction, or payable tax credit, worth up to 25 percent of qualifying expenditure for touring production such as Arcadia.

In a press statement, Stoppard commented, "I’m delighted that a new tour of Arcadia, directed by the young, visionary Blanche McIntrye, is to take place next year reaching audiences across the UK. The current challenges for regional theatre in the UK mean that a production of this scale and quality are very rarely toured. I welcome the news that a new tour of Arcadia is to be one of the very first to take advantage of the new funding incentives for touring live performance which was launched today and has directly helped realise the ambitious vision of this tour.”

To book tickets for the run at Brighton, contact the box office on 0844 871 7650 or visit Tour dates are still to be announced.

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