Tom Stoppard: The Real Inspector Hound

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The Real Inspector Hound premiered in 1968 at the Criterion Theatre in London. This one-act play (typically less than eighty minutes in performance) was the first Stoppard play to have a London preview, a process that Stoppard claims to have appreciated (Delany 181). In 1972, The Real Inspector Hound premiered in America. Stoppard directed a London revival of the play at the National Theatre in 1985, and the play had a Broadway revival in 1992, before a second major London revival in 1998.


The Real Inspector Hound is often cited as one of the prime examples of the Theatre of the Absurd. In it, two critics (the second-string critic Moon, and the lustful, womanizing Birdboot)…

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Knight, Shawn. "The Real Inspector Hound". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2007
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