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Die-hard theatre fans are salivating over the rare and thrilling opportunity to see giant of modern playwriting, Sir Tom Stoppard, discuss his life and work in conversation with Jonathan Biggins at the Sydney Opera House on December 17. The nonchalantly cool British dramatist is one of the most internationally performed of his generation, with his plays frequently revived around the world. Stoppard’s prolific body of work is an eclectic mix, from plays about Soviet dissidents to landscape gardening, combining humour and wit with titillating takes on themes of human rights, freedom of expression and political freedom.

The man catapulted into modern theatre with the immensely popular Rosenctratz and Guilderstern Are Dead 40 years ago, then went on to write masterpieces such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul and The Real Thing. He is well known for his work for the screen, having co-written scripts for Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and for Brazil. Still very much in action, Stoppard is currently shooting a television adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s Paradise End, the tale of a love triangle involving an English aristocrat.   

This will be a fantastic chance to see the 74-year-old dramatic god discuss his creative process, his life, what has inspired him over the years and how he sees the world. (MH)

Dec 17, 3pm, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, $35, 9250 7111, sydneyoperahouse.com