With Arcadia coming back to the West End for the first time in a decade, and his new version of The Cherry Orchard about to open, Tom Stoppard gave a rare interview to the FT last weekend, in which he talks about his own work, his translations of Chekhov and the importance of pragmatism in theatre:
I don’t see the point of avoiding the bedrock reality that you’ve got a few hundred people listening and watching and being critical of what they’re listening to, and watching. They haven’t come to do you any favours. There may be passionate protective Chekhovians who have come for the unmediated, undiluted true word, but I don’t feel like that at all – theatre is a mediated art form, it has a storyteller, or several. The text loses its virginity simply by being staged, it’s no longer the abstract ideal version, it’s an event.
You can read the whole interview here.