Tom Stoppard is one of the most influential figures in theater today and one of the most internationally performed postwar dramatists.

Both his 1966 Tony-winning absurdist tragicomedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," featuring minor characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," and his time- and space-spanning masterpiece "Arcadia," an Olivier Award-winner in 1993, are often staged around the world, including in Japan.

However, the 81-year-old Czech-born British playwright's "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" — set for an April 20 to May 7 Tokyo run ahead of a move to Osaka — has only been seen a few times since its London premiere 42 years ago. These Japan performances will be the first outside the U.K. or U.S.