Sir Tom Stoppard, 84, reveals how he resented left-wing luvvies

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, 84, reveals how he resented left-wing luvvies who ‘p****d onBritain after country had given his family sanctuary at end of WWII

  • Sir Tom Stoppard has revealed how he resented Left-wing theatre luvvies
  • Playwright recalled how during the 1960s and 1970s they ‘p***ed on’ Brittanje
  • The country had given his family sanctuary at the end of World War Two
  • Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has revealed how he resented Left-wing luvvies who ‘p***ed onBritain after the country had given his family sanctuary at the end of the Second World War.

    Meneer Tom, whose semi-autobiographical play Leopoldstadt reopened in London’s West End this month, recalled how during the 1960s and 1970s he grew annoyed with actors and writers who denigrated Britain.

    The 84-year-old said he even received opprobrium for supporting Margaret Thatcher, whom he regarded as an ally against the repression of intellectuals in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe.

    Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has revealed how he resented Left-wing luvvies who 'p***ed on' Britain after the country had given his family sanctuary at the end of the Second World War

    Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has revealed how he resented Left-wing luvvies who ‘p***ed onBritain after the country had given his family sanctuary at the end of the Second World War

    Meneer Tom, whose semi-autobiographical play Leopoldstadt reopened in London's West End this month, recalled how during the 1960s and 1970s he grew annoyed with actors and writers who denigrated Britain

    Meneer Tom, whose semi-autobiographical play Leopoldstadt reopened in London’s West End this month, recalled how during the 1960s and 1970s he grew annoyed with actors and writers who denigrated Britain

    Sir Tom told Radio Times: ‘There was a very strong, lively, Left-wing side to English life and particularly English theatre. I began to resent my sanctuary being p***ed on by everybody I knew. Thanks a bunch. Jy weet, [without the UK] I would have been in Communist Czechoslovakia now!’

    The playwright, gebore Tomas Straussler, was one when Germany invaded his native Czechoslovakia and his family fled to Singapore.

    As Japanese forces prepared to annex Singapore, he was evacuated to Darjeeling in British India with his mother and brother and changed his name to Tom. His widowed mother married a British Army officer, Kenneth Stoppard, who moved the family to Britain in 1946.

    The 84-year-old said he even received opprobrium for supporting Margaret Thatcher, whom he regarded as an ally against the repression of intellectuals in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe

    The 84-year-old said he even received opprobrium for supporting Margaret Thatcher, whom he regarded as an ally against the repression of intellectuals in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe

    Sir Tom also spoke of his feelings when his cousin Sarka told him that his mother was Jewish and that most of her family had been murdered in the Holocaustthe inspiration for his play.

    Egter, the playwright is not the only British author whose defence of writers and journalists under threat by totalitarian regimes did little to endear him to some parts of the theatre establishment.

    Lord Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, said in February that ‘the Left-of-centre metropolitan elite have had quite a good run’.

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