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- Full Title: Arcadia
- When Published: First performed on April 13th, 1993, at the Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, in London.
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Play
- Setting: A country estate in England in 1809 and the modern day
- Climax: When Valentine and Septimus both realize the implications of Thomasina’s theories (Scene 7)
- Antagonist: Bernard, the overconfident academic
Extra Credit for Arcadia
Like Father, Like Son One of Tom Stoppard’s four children, Ed, is an actor. He played the role of Valentine in a London production of Arcadia in 2009.
Heartless Reviewers have so often criticized Stoppard’s plays for having all brains and no heart that this complaint has become a cliché. But critics widely acknowledge Arcadia to be Stoppard’s first play to found all its intellectual games on real emotion.