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Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing returns to Broadway with Ewan McGregor as Henry and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Annie. In 1984, when it premiered on Broadway, The Real Thing won the Drama Desk Award, The New York Outer Drama Critic’s Circle Award, and the Tony Award for Best Play and the 2000 revival won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play. The Real Thing is a play about love, marriage, and art.

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    Preview: Oct. 2, 2014 Open: Oct. 30, 2014 Closed: Jan. 4, 2015
  • What is The Real Thing About?


    Henry Ewan McGregor Annie  Maggie Gyllenhaal


    Author Tom Stoppard Director Sam Gold

    In The Real Thing, Henry is a playwright married to Charlotte, an actress. Charlotte is playing the lead in her husband’s new play, which focuses on a marriage that is about to completely fall apart. In real life, Henry’s is in an unhappy marriage and having a romantic romp with Annie. Henry has to wonder if this affair with Annie is “the real thing?” The affair he is having has blown out of control, as Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can start a new life together, and Henry’s marriage stands in utter ruins. As Henry’s relationship with Annie develops, he finds himself caught up in a world that is filled with doubt and uncertainty.
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