HONORS PS – Physics in the Plays of Tom Stoppard. Hapgood Plot Summary. Act 1, Scene 1. Some years ago Joseph Kerner. Tom Stoppard’s thrilling comic espionage story of a female British spymaster, examining motherhood, quantum mechanics, and the dualities of personality and . ​When Tom Stoppard’s spy thriller ‘Hapgood’ premiered in , it was called ‘ incomprehensible’. Even the opening stage direction is three.

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Electron particles, doubles, motherhood, espionage and trust entwined at the end of the cold war. Hapgood is a late ‘s A tour-de-force. Hapgood tells Merryweather to drain the swimming pool to see what can be found. Although the published edition claims it is only: He opens an envelope left by Hapgood that gives him access to her office safe.

Please try again later. At this point, the audience realizes that the whole scene in Hapgood’s office has been a fiction to trap Ridley, using his feeling for Joe and Hapgood to motivate him. As Ridley describes her on the phone to Hapgood, “She may be your sister, but there the resemblance ends. It is worth the effort, though. English Choose a language for shopping. Sep 09, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Unfortunately, this revised edition appears now to be the standard text it is the version reprinted in the collected plays, Tom Stoppard Plays: The play begins with a confusing ballet of double- and triple-dealing, as information is supposed to be passed off or not in a men’s changing room at a public swimming pool. May 03, Joel rated it it was amazing.


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Even after I’d stopped reading scripts by others, I’ve continued to read Stoppard. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. With his characteristically brilliant wordplay and extraordinary scope, Tom Stoppard has in Hapgood devised a play that “spins an end-of-the-cold-war tale of intrigue and betrayal, interspersed with explanations of the quixotic behavior of the electron and the puzzling properties of light” David Richards, The New York Times.

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Had to re-re-re-read because we saw Atomic Blonde on the weekend and I got all nostalgic for Cold War lady spies. Budapest in ’56 — Prague in ’68 — Poland in ’81 — we’ve been there! This clears Hapgood, who was never near the pool, but implicates Ridley, who was near the pool.

Hapgood surrenders the computer disk to Blair, and Blair and Kerner leave Hapgood’s office. Arcadia and The Real Thing are some of my other favorites The next afternoon, Ridley and Mrs.

Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood comes in from the cold

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stopaprd He says “Paul [Blair] thinks that I was a triple [agent], but I was definitely not, I was past that, quadruple at least, maybe quintuple. Write a customer review. I think my I might have a higher opinion of this if I had seen it performed.

Ridley now knows that Blair and Stopparf have set a trap for him and, he believes, for Mrs. She also tells Ridley that Blair suspects Kerner. The Ridley who opened the briefcase was not the Ridley who tested negative for radioactivity. Kerner and everyone else was free of radioactivity, so how was the briefcase opened to remove the transmitter and film? Hapgood meets Ridley at the shooting range and begins the process of setting a trap for Ridley. At first Ridley misinterprets what he sees, and believes that Blair is the kidnapper.

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Aug 29, tomwrote rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hapgood makes it clear to Wates that she is unhappy with him.

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Hapgood arrives in her office and Blair tells her about the radio transmitter coming alive. This is a light four star rating. She says of Hapgood, “She was always the scholarship girl and I was the delinquent. Does light come in waves or particles? I wasn’t sure a spy story would work in play form, but it was well done.

Plays Volume Fiveand for two decades has been the version licensed for production. Or is Kerner a triple? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I still don’t understand what happened in this play. I’d love to see this staged, but reading it gives a ton of valuable context. When the pool was finally drained, Merryweather found the transmitter and put it in Hapgood’s office mail.

From here, we enter scene after scene that can be read multiple ways: Something has gone wrong in the changing-room swap, and the spies realize someone in their midst is disloyal. For something really different, read this play. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Tom Stoppard is the author of more than twenty plays, including, most recently, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Ridley remembers that Ridley was involved when agents in previous assignments were killed in Athens and Paris Ganchev.