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The Real Thing

By Tom Stoppard

‘Oh that every week we had a play as well crafted by all as is The Real Thing.’ TheLatest
‘dazzling, humorous and heartfelt. ’ The Times
‘From the very first moments the exchanges between the characters crackle with wit and rhythm’ WhatsOnStage

An electrifying new production of Stoppard’s cunning exposé of love and betrayal.

Henry is a brilliant and celebrated playwright.  With his wife Charlotte in the starring role, his new play examines the complexity of love and infidelity.  Henry’s reality and fiction blur when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte’s co-star, Max and wife Annie.  As Henry struggles to write a new work, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching.  But can any of them find The Real Thing?

An English Touring Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production.


West Yorkshire Playhouse

4 - 26 May 2012

Cambridge Arts Theatre

29 May - 2 Jun 2012

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

5 - 9 Jun 2012

Watford Palace Theatre

12 - 16 Jun 2012

Theatre Royal Brighton

19 - 23 Jun 2012

Oxford Playhouse

26 - 30 Jun 2012

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

3 - 7 Jul 2012

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team


Tom Stoppard


Kate Saxon


Simon Higlett

Lighting Designer

Paul Pyant


Dominic Haslam

Sound Designer

Mic Pool

Casting Directors

Gemma Hancock & Sam Stevenson


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Sarah Ball
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Sandy Batchelor
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Gerald Kyd
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Georgina Leonidas
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Adam O’Brian
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Simon Scardifield