Playwright Tom Stoppard said in 2001 that he would write his last play when he died. Now he’s not so sure.
The 2,400-word story was written by Sydney Morning Herald journalist Peter FitzSimons in response to a recent death of a musician/writer. FitzSimons pointed out in his story that Stoppard “was knighted by Prince Philip” and said the writer/playwright was working on his final novel, “Leopoldstadt.”
Stoppard, 78, released a statement to The Wall Street Journal on Thursday saying “Leopoldstadt” has not been finished, but he is “not prepared to confirm that it is the last play.”
“I can confirm that it is not my last play, and the manuscript is still at the Guildhall,” Stoppard told the Journal. “There are other plays.”
Stoppard explained that there are several characters in the novella that would not be suited for a stage adaptation.
“I think he knew he was writing the last play,” a source told The Wall Street Journal. “No, he won’t be directing, he won’t be reading the text, he won’t be getting artistic input. He already gave it to [the Guildhall].”
FitzSimons tweeted on Friday, “An interesting bit of news, really surprising that Tom Stoppard is going to stay alive and continue to write. He says he has not finished Leopoldstadt.”