The Real Thingby Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play about marriage, infidelity, and the boundaries of fact and fiction.
The Real Thing is one of Tom Stoppard’s most enduring and highly acclaimed dramatic works, first performed in 1982 at The Strand Theatre in London, starring Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees. The Real Thing begins with Max and Charlotte, a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Charlotte is an actress who has been appearing in a play about marriage written by her husband, Henry. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. Both marriages are at the point of rupture because Henry and Annie have fallen in love. But is it the real thing? Tom Stoppard combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature—and the mystery—of love, creating a multi-toned play that challenges the mind while searching out the innermost secrets of the heart. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, The Real Thing is brilliant and heartfelt, an extraordinary theatrical exploration of marriage, fidelity, and the creative life.
“Not only Mr. Stoppard’s most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years.” —Frank Rich, New York Times
“A play of ideas, passionately held and eloquently written from start to finish . . . The Real Thing is the real thing, a play by a world-class writer.” —Los Angeles Times
“Exquisite . . . Stoppard brings head and heart, life and art together in an exhilarating way.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Exceedingly well made, a keen and touching study of fidelity, fiction and marital love.” —Time Out New York
Praise for Tom Stoppard:
“Stoppard is the master comedian of ideas in the English language.” —Newsweek