Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston are delighted to announce Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing will embark on a limited UK Tour from September, starring Laurence Fox and directed by Stephen Unwin. The production will open on Wednesday 6 September in Cambridge before touring to Bath and Kingston, with national press night on Wednesday 27 September at Theatre Royal Bath. Further tour dates to be announced.

The Real Thing was first staged in London’s West End in 1982 and subsequently transferred to Broadway where it went on to win multiple awards including the Tony Award for Best Play in 1994 and, 16 years later, the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Stoppard’s poignant classic offers an intellectual and entertaining examination of infidelity.

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress has been appearing in a play by Henry about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

Laurence Fox is best known for his role as DS James Hathaway for seven series of Lewis. Other television roles include A Room With A View and Wired with film credits including Gosford Park and Becoming Jane. Fox’s theatre credits include Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre) and Our Boys (Duchess Theatre).

Tom Stoppard is a multi-award winning playwright with many notable plays including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, The Hard Problem and The Invention of Love. Stoppard also co-wrote Shakespeare in Love which won the Academy Award for best screenplay.

Stephen Unwin founded English Touring Theatre (ETT) in 1993 prior to becoming Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston for five years. Unwin’s credits for Theatre Royal Bath include Moon Tiger starring Jane Asher and Present Laughter starring Samuel West and Phyllis Logan.

Cambridge Arts Theatre (Tickets on sale at 12 noon on Friday 19 May)
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 16 September 2017
Box Office: 01223 503 333
Performance schedule: Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm (No performance Sunday 10 September)
Prices: £23 - £42

Theatre Royal Bath (Tickets on sale on Saturday 3 June)
Monday 18 – Saturday 30 September 2017
Box Office: 01225 448 844
Performance schedule: Mon – Wed 7.30pm, Thu – Sat 8pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 27 September, 7pm
Prices: £19.50 - £35.50

Rose Theatre Kingston (Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday 19 May)
Monday 2 – Saturday 14 October
Box Office: 020 8174 0090
Performance schedule: Mon – Thu & Sat 7.30pm, Fri 8pm, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Prices: £10 - £45
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