Laurence Fox in The Real Thing


by Tom Stoppard
Wed 6 - Sat 16 September 2017
Tickets £23 - £42*

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Laurence Fox (Lewis, A Room with a View, Gosford Park) stars in Cambridge Arts Theatre's major new co-production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning masterpiece. First staged in London in 1982, it is an intellectual and entertaining examination of infidelity and opens in Cambridge prior to a national tour. 

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?

This new production is presented by Cambridge Arts Theatre with Theatre Royal Bath and Rose Theatre, Kingston. Take a look behind the scenes into the rehearsal room, with the photo gallery below!

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Running Time

2 hours and 5 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

General Guidance

Performance contains strong language, loud music, flash of light (not strobe lighting) and use of an e-cigarette.

Age Guidance



Preview, Wednesday 6 September, 7.45pm: £23/£28/£33*
Thursday 7 - Saturday 16 September, 7.45pm
and Saturday 9 and Saturday 16, 2.30pm: £23/£33/£38/£42*
Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 , 2.30pm: £23/£28/£33/£38*

Please note there are no performances on Sunday 10 September.

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.

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Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox (Henry)

Laurence Fox's credits include 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).

Adam Jackson-Smith
Adam Jackson-Smith (Max)

Adam Jackson-Smith recently starred in The Dresser (UK Tour; Duke of York's) alongside Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith. Other stage credits include The First Man (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre).

Rebecca Johnson
Rebecca Johnson (Charlotte)

Rebecca Johnson's extensive theatre credits include All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath), Wendy and Peter (RSC) and Twelfth Night (Sheffield Theatres / ETT).

Santino Smith (Brodie)

Santino Smith trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where his credits included All That I am, The Narrative, The Rover and The Taming of the Shrew.

Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Annie)

Flora Spencer-Longhurst's stage credits include A Christmas Truce and Much Ado About Nothing & Love's Labour's Lost (RSC), Once (Phoenix Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (Globe Theatre).

Venice van Someren (Debbie)

Venice van Someren most recently starred in Gabriel (UK Tour). Other credits include Can't Stand Up for Falling Down (Theatre N16), Punk Rock (Theatro Technis) and The Cherry Orchard (Boris Shchukin Institute).

Kit Young (Billy)

Kit Young recently graduated from RADA, where his credits included The Oresteia, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard (Author)

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 (Director)

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


  • The leading man looks away as a woman looks lovingly at him, they hold hands
  • A woman smiles, sat next to a man
  • The leading man sits back in a chair
  • Two women look thoughful, sitting together on a sofa
  • A man holds his drink up in the air
  • A man stands holding a glass and another container
  • The leading man looks at a blonde woman, as she laughs
  • A woman pulls the leading man up, off a sofa
  • A woman and man sit side by side and laugh - she pushes his arm.
  • 'A play that reminds you why you go to the theatre and why you fall in love. And why, just sometimes, it is all worth the effort'

  • 'A play that glows with love's warmth and burns with love's pain'

  • 'So densely and entertainingly packed with wit, ideas and feelings that one visit just won't do'