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.

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Preview, Wednesday 6 September: £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.

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).

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.