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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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.

Blair tells Hapgood that she was holding the briefcase when the radio transmitter went off the air. At first Ridley misinterprets what he sees, and believes that Blair is the kidnapper.

Jun 01, Jeffrey Thomas rated it liked it. Hapgood introduces Joe to Kerner, “another Joe. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Blair asks, “Well, what are we going to do about Ridley? Some years ago Joseph Kerner, a physicist, defected to the West. I really enjoy him, even when his characters aren’t at the level of Shakespeare or Boll.

Hapgood voices her support for Kerner, and Ridley reveals that when he searched Kerner after the meeting in the men’s changing room Scene 1he found a photo of a young boy in a rugby shirt. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

The Heir Apparent Rediscovery. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Experiment will show either: Newton warns Ridley, “If you think she’s lying, walk away. If I loved you it was so long ago I had to tell you in Russian Ridley Two opens the door of Cubicle 2 holding the real disk box and the towel.


Hapgood: A Play

What makes the play worth reading is its work with its underlying ideas, and its ability therefore to make us work with them. Share your thoughts with other customers.

The Invention of Love. I don’t find that to be the case too often and certainly not hagpood. Spy plays are not seen that often, and I wish they were. Stoppard is often criticised for being more head than heart, letting the clever cleverness get in the way of real emotion. Finally, Ridley realizes that Mrs. Budapest in ’56 — Prague in ’68 — Poland in ’81 — we’ve been there!

Newton Hapgood enters, meets Ridley, and calls out to Joe. Elizabeth Hapgood, who runs Kerner, is also in trouble, because it looks like she might be responsible for what went wrong.

Hapgood – Plot Summary

Tony rated it really liked it Jan 09, Hapgood notices Kerner’s continued presence and with new enthusiasm roots for her son. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Newton, Hapgood’s twin sister. May 03, Joel rated it it was amazing. Wates makes it clear that he suspects both Ridley and Hapgood.

For something really different, read this play. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Had to re-re-re-read because we saw Atomic Blonde on the weekend and I got all nostalgic for Cold War lady spies. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Real secrets, not briefcase stuff. By observing the drop the agents have influenced the outcome. Add both to Cart Add both to List. I practically saw the whole thing in my head. Hapgood is the person to find out, and maybe it will need two of her.


It is worth the effort, though. First of all, it is good. Hapgood is a very dense play, a work of genius, correlating the British spy system with the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Blair and Kerner return to Hapgood’s office, and Hapgood calls St. Which spies are playing a role to get another to confess, and which are really speaking the truth? It’s almost hard to remember what all the fuss was about — but the play depends on the very real horror of that time for some of its resonance which thus echoes only weakly for a contemporary audience.

Added to sotppard mix are the Russian scientist’s discussions of particle physics, which become an intriguing metaphor for the way the spies interact with each other and the way a double agent must interact with two countries, and even for the nature of truth itself. At this point, the audience realizes that the whole scene in Hapgood’s office has been a fiction to trap Ridley, hagpood his feeling for Joe and Hapgood to motivate him.

Hapgood (play) – Wikipedia

As part of the plan to trap Ridley, Hapgood tells him that she gave Blair the phony disk from the duplicate briefcase, and that she still has stoppadd real computer disk with the Star Wars secrets on it. Return to Book Page.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Ridley takes the disk box, and they now wait for the phone call from the supposed kidnappers.

In the meeting with Ridley in Act 2, Scene 1, Kerner ton up the truth.