On 15 March 1939, the day the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the Straussler family fled to Singapore, where Bata had a factory.Before the Japanese occupation of Singapore (February 1942), Stoppard, his brother, and their mother were sent on to Australia.
In his early years, he also wrote extensively for BBC radio, often introducing surrealist themes.In the following years, Stoppard produced several works for radio, television and the theatre, including "M" is for Moon Among Other Things (1964), A Separate Peace (1966) and If You're Glad I'll Be Frank (1966).On 11 April 1967 – following acclaim at the 1966 Edinburgh Festival – the opening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic made Stoppard an overnight success." setting up Stoppard's desire as a child to become "an honorary Englishman".
"I fairly often find I'm with people who forget I don't quite belong in the world we're in", he says.
He noted that the work owed much to Robert Bolt's Flowering Cherry and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.