The Real Thing

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife Charlotte, an actress, has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love?  Is it the real thing?

First staged in 1982, The Real Thing combines the intellectual and dazzling wordplay of Stoppard at his most witty with some of his most tender and touching writing. A clever, poignant and entertaining examination of infidelity, The Real Thing is a multi-award-winning modern classic.

A member of one of the UK’s leading acting dynasties, Laurence Fox is best-known for playing DS James Hathaway in Lewis from 2006-2015. Other television credits include A Room With A View and Wired. His film credits include Gosford Park and Becoming Jane and recent stage roles include Our Boys and Strangers on a Train.

Tom Stoppard’s many plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia and he co-wrote the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. His numerous awards include the 2013 PEN Pinter Prize for “his determination to tell things as they are”.

 

“A play that glows with love’s warmth and burns with love’s pain”

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“The Real Thing is so densely and entertainingly packed with wit, ideas and feelings that one visit just won’t do”

NEW YORK TIMES

“A rare and brilliant thing, a play about love that engages the heart and the mind”

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

“A play that reminds you why you go to the theatre and why you fall in love. And why, just sometimes, it is all worth the effort”

THE SPECTATOR

 

Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Stephen Unwin

Cast includes Laurence Fox

Sponsored by Saxton Bampfylde

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From £23.00 - £33.50

Ticket prices include £1 Restoration Levy and £1 Booking Fee

Please note that Band D tickets may offer a restricted view. Please contact the Box Office for details.

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