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Production image from THE REAL THING. Four actors in a living room set. Three of them sit on a sofa and chair while one of them stands and speaks to them all.

The Real Thing

October 2, 2014—January 4, 2015

Todd Haimes Theatre

The Real Thing

October 2, 2014—January 4, 2015

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This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

"Stoppard's love story melts our hearts."

, time out new york

Two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor is Henry, a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte (Tony Award® winner Cynthia Nixon), the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing.

Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity and the passions that often blur our perception of love. Helmed by critically acclaimed director Sam Gold (Roundabout’s Picnic,Seminar) and also starring Drama Desk nominee Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia, “American Horror Story: Coven”), this Tony Award®-winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) first seduced audiences in London and New York nearly 30 years ago, when it was called “not only Stoppard’s most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years” (Frank Rich, The New York Times).

The Real Thing Cast

Ewan McGregor
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Josh Hamilton
Cynthia Nixon
Alex Breaux
Ronan Raftery
Madeline Weinstein
u/s Annie/Charlotte
Rebecca Brooksher
u/s Billy/Brodie
Nick Dillenburg
u/s Debbie
Rae Gray
u/s Henry/Max
Matthew Greer

The Real Thing Creative

Tom Stoppard
Sam Gold
Set Design
David Zinn
Costume Design
Kaye Voyce
Lighting Design
Mark Barton
Sound Design
Bray Poor
Hair Design
Tom Watson
Dialect Coach
Kate Wilson
Props Supervisor
Kathy Fabian/Propstar
Production Stage Manager
Charles Means
The empty house of the Todd Haimes Theatre with a wash of purple light over the seats, and a chandelier hangs at the top of the theatre.

Presented at

Todd Haimes Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY

between 7th and 8th Avenues