This is an accessible and informative critical introduction to Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" - a play commonly studied at undergraduate level.Tom Stoppard is widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary British playwrights, a writer who has earned an intriguing mix of both critical and commercial success. "Arcadia" is considered by many critics to be Stoppard's masterpiece, a work that weds his early career love for words and ideas with his later career emphasis on storytelling and emotional engagement.With its engaging alteration between past and present "Arcadia" offers a comedic and entertaining exploration of chaos theory, entropy, the Second Law of thermodynamics, iterated algorithms, fractals, and other concepts culled the realms of math and science. This guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the play, giving students a much-needed overview of the play's background and context including Stoppard's source material as well as full discussion of the text and its performance history to date."Continuum Modern Theatre Guides" offer concise, accessible and informed introductions to the key plays of modern times. Each book is carefully structured to offer a systematic study of the play in its biographical, historical, social and political context, an in-depth study of the text, an overview of the work's production history including screen adaptations, and practical workshopping exercises. They also include a timeline and suggestions for further reading which highlight key critical approaches. This will enable students to develop their understanding of playwrights and theatre-makers, as well as inspiring them to broaden their studies.