Czech-English playwright, most famous for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Other plays include Arcadia
, The Real Inspector Hound
, After Magritte
, The Real Thing
, The Invention of Love
, Rock 'n Roll
, and Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
Also co-wrote Shakespeare in Love
and The Bourne Ultimatum
, and is reported to have done uncredited dialogue rewrites on Revenge of the Sith
and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Is often associated with the Theatre of the Absurd
partially due to the general tone of his work and partially because Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
is essentially one big Shout-Out
to the genre's codifier
, Waiting for Godot
Works by Tom Stoppard with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Tom Stoppard provide examples of:
- Author Appeal: Stoppard likes translation scenes like Quentin Tarantino likes feet.
- Bilingual Bonus: The opening lines of Travesties may seem like nonsense words, but when you sound them out it becomes a limerick in French introducing the speaker, Tristan Tzara, who actually used this technique of playing with sound and meaning in his own writing/performance.
- Fictionary: Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
- Fun with Foreign Languages: Professional Foul, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
- Gayngst: Housman and Chamberlain in The Invention of Love.
- Generational Saga: Rock 'n' Roll
- Got Me Doing It: In Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, the protagonist spends the first act surrounded by Strange Syntax Speakers, and by the end of the act, they've got him doing it too. In the second act, he starts passing it on to other people.
- Imagine Spotting
- Incompatible Orientation: Housman and Jackson in The Invention of Love.
- It Makes Sense in Context: The play 'After Magritte' starts with a surreal Magritte-like tableau. The rest of the play is the perfectly rational explanation for the tableau occuring.
- Mind Screw
- Proscenium Reveal: The prologue of The Real Thing is revealed to be a play written by one of the characters (and a foreshadowing of later events).
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
- Scenery Porn
- Secret Keeper: Housman and Chamberlain for each other, in The Invention of Love.
- Spy Speak
- Strange Syntax Speaker: Most of the cast in Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
- Stylistic Suck
- After Magritte opens with a surreal tableau, the meaning of which is explained in the opening dialogue, and ends on another.
- Taken to a logical extreme in The Coast of Utopia, where the characters are arranged like Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe for no real reason other than "looks cool".
- Tear Jerker: The scene where Jackson comes to know Housman loves him. He could have reacted worse, but poor Housman is heartbroken nonetheless.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: By a dramaturg/English major for dramaturgs/English majors. Arcadia is written for math majors.