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The Real Thing

August 28 - October 26, 2024

when it was first seen, few would have guessed that this play would turn out to be amongst Tom Stoppard's most durable

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Why See The Real Thing?


Real Thing Revival

James McArdle and Bel Powley star in a highly anticipated London revival of Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing, headed up by Life of Pi director Max Webster! The Tony Award-winning play takes a dark and honest look at human relationships and the nature of fidelity and love, cleverly lightening the mood set by its more serious content with delightfully witty moments. Running from August to October, the production's return to the Old Vic comes a decade after a much lauded Broadway revival featuring Ewan MacGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal.


The Real Thing tells the story of a playwright named Henry who finds that life begins to imitate art a little too accurately. Henry is not so happily married to the lead actress, Charlotte, of his play which is about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When his real-life affair with their close friend Annie threatens to derail their marriage - and all three of their lives - completely, he begins to question whether or not what they have is actually real love or not.

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Opening night: 28 August 2024

Cast and Creative


James McArdle as Henry
Bel Powley as Annie
Susan Wokoma as Charlotte
Oliver Johnstone as Max
Jack Ambrose as Brodie
Rilwan Abiola Owokoniran as Billy
Karise Yansen as Debbie


Jessica Ronane - Casting
Peter McKintosh - Set and Costumes
Richard Howell - Lighting
Alexandra Faye Braithwaite - Sound
Chi-San Howard - Movement
Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth - Voice
Ingrid Mackinnon - Intimacy
Lilac Yosiphon - Baylis - Assistant Director
Poppy Hall - Costume Supervisor
Carole Hancock - Wigs, Hair and Make-up Supervisor
Jamie Owens - Props Supervisor

Next available performances

Wed, Aug 28


Thu, Aug 29


Fri, Aug 30


Sat, Aug 31

Sun, Sep 1



Mon, Sep 2


Tue, Sep 3



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