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Tom Stoppard’s heartfelt high jinks

The playwright's works might be dazzlingly cerebral, but they are surprisingly moving

Tom Stoppard: "Every time I blink, there's a play waiting to be written." Photo: David Corio/Redferns Via Getty Images

Interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme in July, Tom Stoppard admitted he was stuck for what to write next. Brexit, Donald Trump, the election result, the Grenfell Tower fire: it was too much to process. “Art is somehow so overshadowed by real events,” he sighed. “Every time I blink, there’s a play begging to be written. But not always does it feel like a play by me.”

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