Tony Winner Cynthia Nixon Joins Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Roundabout's THE REAL THING
Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon joins the Broadway cast of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing opposite Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal. She'll play the role of Charlotte. The show will begin performances at Roundabout Theater Company's American Airlines Theatre on October 2, 2014, directed by Sam Gold. Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut starring as "Annie" opposite McGregor as "Henry".
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production. This Tony Award-winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) first seduced audiences in London and New York nearly 30 years ago. Henry is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or The Real Thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Tom Stoppard's relationship with Roundabout Theatre Company includes Broadway productions of The Real Inspector Hound and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. This fall Roundabout will also present the Off-Broadway debut of Mr. Stoppard's romantic drama Indian Ink.
Mr. Stoppard's The Real Thing premiered on November 16, 1982 at The Strand Theatre in London. The Real Thing is the winner of the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play and returns to the Broadway stage having last been produced 14 years ago.
In 1984, Ms. Nixon appeared in the Broadway debut of The Real Thing while simultaneously appearing in Hurlyburly, both directed by Mike Nichols. Her nightly appearances in two theaters, to act in two different plays, was a Broadway first. Cynthia Nixon is a Board Member of Roundabout Theatre Company and returns to their stage following her roles in Distracted & The Women.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen on the small screen in the BBC/Sundance original series "The Honourable Woman." The Academy Award nominated actress will next be seen on the big screen in Lenny Abrahamson's Frank opposite Michael Fassbender.
McGregor recently wrapped production on Jane's Got a Gun and is currently filming Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. He can currently be seen on the big screen in John Wells' film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County.
Sam Gold is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company where his recent work includes Picnic (2013), Look Back in Anger (2012) and Tigers Be Still (2010).
The full cast and design team will be announced shortly.