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The Real Thing - 2014 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production helmed by critically acclaimed director Sam Gold (Roundabout's Picnic, Seminar). Starring two-time Golden Globe nominee and Olivier nominee Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge) in his Broadway debut, 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, when it was called "not only Stoppard's most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years" (Frank Rich, The New York Times).

Henry (McGregor) 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.

History:

Revival
Run Type:Limited Run
Market:Broadway
Previews: October 02, 2014
Closing:January 04, 2015

Running Time:

Two hours and 10 minutes

American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)

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229 W. 42nd St.
New York,NY

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Featured Reviews For The Real Thing


Not Quite Real Enough - Wall Street Journal
Could it be that the production is getting in the way of the actors? Mr. Gold is an intelligent, imaginative interventionist who at his frequent best sheds sharp raking light on the plays that he stages. Here, though, his "innovations," such as they are, have the meretricious smack of arbitrary cleverness, and one of them, the use of the same kind of unusually wide and shallow set that he favored in his Roundabout revivals of "Look Back in Anger" and "Picnic," doesn't work at all. Instead of the up-close intimacy that was the hallmark of Mr. Halberstam's staging, we are given a flattened-out, frieze-like visual perspective on a play that is notable for the layered complexity of the relationships that it portrays.

Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon aren’t quite ‘The Real Thing’ - NY Post
In his Broadway debut, McGregor is too cuddly as the snobbish Henry...Sam Gold...underlines this by having his cast join in singalongs of the pop songs Henry loves so much...This gimmick actually works because Henry is obsessed with the intersection of craft, emotion and entertainment...While "The Real Thing" traffics in big ideas -- art, love, cynicism, fidelity -- the whole feels muted. This has partly to do with Stoppard's middle-of-the-roadness, and partly with McGregor's refusal to engage with Henry's darker side. Even Gyllenhaal's feline sexiness seems overly laid-back. Nixon, on the other hand, is a standout as the cool, collected Charlotte...The star...has a haughty, coiled energy, and things flag when she's offstage for most of Act 2. Were she to stick around a little more, the kettle may actually whistle.


 



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by Sally Henry Fuller - January 4, 2015
Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude its limited engagement of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, today, January 4, 2015.
by BWW Special Coverage - January 3, 2015
Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold is one of many shows that will take its final Broadway bow tomorrow, January 4, 2014. The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry,'Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie,' Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max,' officially opened on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Below, BroadwayWorld salutes the show with a special flashback of its trip to Broadway!
by Tyler Peterson - December 23, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude its limited engagement of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, on January 4, 2015. Starring Ewan McGregor as "Henry" and Maggie Gyllenhaal as "Annie" in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as "Charlotte" and Josh Hamilton as "Max." Directed by Sam Gold, the cast also includes Alex Breaux as "Brodie," Ronan Raftery as "Billy" and Madeline Weinstein as "Debbie." The Real Thing officially opened on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).
by BWW News Desk - December 3, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude its limited engagement of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, on January 4, 2015.
by TV - Opening Night Special - November 1, 2014
The Real Thing officially opened on Thursday night, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was at the after party to celebrate with the company, and you can check out interviews with McGregor, Gyllenhaal and more below!
by Walter McBride - October 31, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opened last night, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from inside the after party below!
by Walter McBride - October 31, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts;Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opened last night, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from the red carpet below!
by TV - Red Carpets - October 31, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts;Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opened last night, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the night's celebrity guests before the curtain went up. Check out interviews with Rosie O'Donnell, Peter Gallagher, Laura Osnes and more below!
by Walter McBride - October 31, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opened last night, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from the curtain call below!
by Michael Dale - October 31, 2014
Sam Gold's revival of Tom Stoppard's marriage drama gets a jukebox touch.
by Review Roundups - October 30, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opens tonight, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Let's see what the critics had to say...
by Meet the Cast - October 30, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' The Real Thing officially opens tonight, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below!
by BWW News Desk - October 30, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing officially opens tonight, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015.
by Tyler Peterson - October 29, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as "Henry" and Maggie Gyllenhaal as "Annie" in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as "Charlotte" and Josh Hamilton as "Max." Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as "Brodie," Ronan Raftery as "Billy" and Madeline Weinstein as "Debbie." The Real Thing officially opens tomorrow, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement thru January 4, 2015.
by Caryn Robbins - October 28, 2014
On last night's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, Jimmy and Charles Barkley face-off against Ewan McGregor and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a game of charades. Later, Jimmy chats with Ewan McGregor about making his Broadway debut play,
by BroadwayWorld TV - October 27, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing is currently in previews and will open on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - October 2, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company present sTom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as 'Henry' and Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Annie' in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as 'Charlotte' and Josh Hamilton as 'Max.' Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as 'Brodie,' Ronan Raftery as 'Billy' and Madeline Weinstein as 'Debbie.' The Real Thing begins preview performances tonight, October 2, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement.
by Tyler Peterson - October 1, 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company present sTom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play, The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor as "Henry" and Maggie Gyllenhaal as "Annie" in their Broadway debuts; Cynthia Nixon as "Charlotte" and Josh Hamilton as "Max." Sam Gold directs the cast of seven, which also includes Alex Breaux as "Brodie," Ronan Raftery as "Billy" and Madeline Weinstein as "Debbie." The Real Thing begins preview performances tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement.

The Real Thing Frequently Asked Questions

What other awards has The Real Thing been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Ewan McGregor.

What awards has The Real Thing been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Ewan McGregor.

What productions of The Real Thing have there been?
The Real Thing has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 1984, Broadway which opened in 2000, Broadway which opened in 2000, West End which opened in 2010 and Broadway which opened in 2014.