Many of Tom Stoppard’s play can be regarded as classics, from “Indian Ink” and “Arcadia” to “The Real Thing”. They are all hailed as brilliant pieces of work from a man who is constantly regarded as one of the best playwright operating in the country.
Which is why the upcoming production of “The Real Thing” is so anticipated when it arrives at the Old Vic in April. It will be a chance for audiences to witness a story that was first told in the early 1980s with Felicity Kendal in a lead role alongside “Waiting for Godot” star Roger Rees. It was an example of a show that would become celebrated over the decades since its release and when it appears in 2010 it should not be missed.
This time around, film and stage star Toby Stephens steps into the lead role – the famous playwright Henry – as Anna Mackmin directs a brand new production. It will hope to capitalise on the success it has felt over the years, with numerous Tony Awards to its name and a run at the Donmar Warehouse in 2000 that became critically acclaimed.
Stephens has appeared in films, on television and in numerous theatrical productions. Amongst his screen credits are films like the 20th Bond movie “Die Another Die” and television shows like “Cambridge Spies”, “Wired” and BBC’s recent television series of a legend - “Robin Hood”. However, it has been onstage where he has received the most acclaim, most recently starring alongside Christopher Eccleston and Gillian Anderson in “A Doll’s House” at the Donmar Warehouse. His other stage performances have been in “The Country Wife” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2007, “Betrayal” for the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 and “The Royal Family”, which appeared at the Haymarket Theatre in 2001.
“The Real Thing” is a look at the harsh realities of love as the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. We focus on a famous playwright in the form of Henry, who has fans across the board and critics who greatly admire him. However, he is about to learn a rather harsh lesson when he begins work on his latest play, which deals with the theme of adultery and stars both his wife Charlotte and her friend Max. Pretty soon Henry begins to develop feelings for Max’s wife Anne and in a story in which love appears in fiction and the reality, he realises that the real thing is much harder to deal with.
“The Real Thing” appears at the Old Vic, beginning on Wednesday 21st April 2010 (previews from Saturday 10th April 2010) and continuing until Saturday 5th June 2010.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 10th April 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 5th June 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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