Culled from nearly twenty years of the playwright’s career, a showcase for Tom Stoppard’s dazzling range and virtuosic talent, The Real Inspector Hound and Other Plays is essential reading for fans of modern drama. The plays in this collection reveal Stoppard’s sense of fun, his sense of theater, his sense of the absurd, and his gifts for parody and satire.
The incorrigibly playful Stoppard has never been more serious than in this most playful of his works [Doggs Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth]. Like George Orwell, Stoppard knows that language and liberty are intertwined: when language is perverted, corrupted or forcibly repressed, so is liberty.
New York Times Book Review
When it comes to Dirty Linen, there are no national boundaries. It is a tidal basin of laughter.
New-Found-Land takes over, as architecturally sound as the introduction of a Beethoven scherzo.
"Stoppard is the master comedian of ideas in the English language."
New York Post
"The Real Inspector Hound is a comedy of satire of high and delightful quality, and great fun... The action is fast, continuous, and extremely funny."
Tom Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 and moved to England with his family in 1946. Catapulted into the front ranks of modern playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967, he has become recognized as a contemporary comic master, the brilliantly acclaimed author of The Real Inspector Hound, Enter a Free Man, Albert's Bridge, After Magritte, Travesties, Dirty Linen, Jumpers, New-Found-Land, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Artist Descending a Staircase, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Arcadia, and The Invention of Love. He has also written a number of screenplays, including The Romantic Englishwoman, Despair, and Brazil.