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Tom Stoppard Reveals Title of His New Play for the National


Tom Stoppard's new play at the National now has a name, according to the Daily Mail. The project, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner, will mark Stoppard's first return to the National in over a decade. His last work staged there was 2002's The Coast of Utopia.

"I'm still kind of eyeing it, warily, on the desk," Stoppard told the Mail. "I delivered it some while ago, but there was a postponement because they got a bit behind with the rebuilding of the Cottesloe."

He continued, revealing that the play is called THE HARD PROBLEM: "It's a bit premature to say much about it, to be honest, but it's not about erectile dysfunction, anyway."

The new play will open at the Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe), in January of 2015.

This will be Stoppard's first new play since Rock 'n' Roll in 2006. His play The Real Thing will see a revival on Broadway this fall, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton.

Among the Tony winner's other works are Travesties, Hapgood, Night and Day, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, The Invention of Love, Artist Descending a Staircase, Jumpers, Arcadia, The Real Inspector Hound and the Fifteen Minute Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

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