April 25, 2004 |
When National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner offered him the chance to direct a revival of Tom Stoppard's 1972 classic, "Jumpers," David Leveaux readily agreed. The key reason, he says, was Simon Russell Beale. "You don't think of doing 'Jumpers' unless you have an actor who can carry George Moore," says Leveaux, "and there are few in any generation who can do that." The actor who would be playing Stoppard's passionately intellectual protagonist Moore is no stranger to Stoppard.