The Real Thing Summary

  • The Real Thing is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 2, 2014
  • Opens October 30, 2014
  • Show Closed: January 4, 2015

The Real Thing is written by one of the world’s greatest playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Originally having premiered in London in 1982, the play centers on the relationship between the principal characters Henry and Annie, a playwright and an actress.

The Real Thing on Broadway Background

This production is directed by hot young director Sam Gold, and the starry cast includes Josh Hamilton, Cynthia Nixon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ewan McGregor, the latter two making their Broadway debuts.

The substance of the play goes beyond the surface level, however, as the author teases the audience about the nature of reality, using a play within a play as one of its many devices. Not only does the play deal with the metaphysical space between façade and reality, but it also considers the profoundly human subject of honesty.

What’s The Real Thing Like?

In a way only Tom Stoppard can achieve, The Real Thing is the best of both the worlds of philosophy and drama. The play is semi-autobiographical, but the drama clearly exceeds mere retelling of fact. The play is rife with theatrical twists and turns; for example, the first scene is about a husband accusing his wife of adultery, but in the second scene, the same woman is married to a different man. We then realize that the first scene was a play within the play, and the woman is an actress.

Is The Real Thing Good for Kids?

The intellectual nature of the show makes it most appropriate for children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Henry
Ewan McGregor
Annie
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Max
Josh Hamilton
Charlotte
Cynthia Nixon

Producers

Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

Director
Sam Gold
Book
Tom Stoppard

Creative Team

General Manager
Denise Cooper at Roundabout Theatre Company
Company Manager
Carly DiFulvio at Roundabout Theatre Company
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan at Roundabout Theatre Company
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