GRADS presents an award winning comedy by
By arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel FrenchTM London, Ltd.
in association with Stirling Players
Directed by Barry Park
Featuring Peter Clark, Bethwyn Legg, Neil Cartmell, Maree Grayden, Patrick Barton, Melissa Kiiviri and Alex Ripper
A playwright and actors dodge intricately between make-believe and reality in this exhilarating, witty and insightful comedy
Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo
19, 20 June at 7.30pm, 21 June at 2pm,
25, 26, 27 June at 7.30pm, 28 June at 2pm,
2, 3, 4 July at 7.30pm
In The Real Thing, which twice won the Tony® Award-winner for Best Play, acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) combines characteristically brilliant wordplay, wit, and insight, illuminating the nature – and the mystery – of love.
Henry is a brilliant and celebrated playwright. With his wife Charlotte in the starring role, his new play examines the complexity of love and infidelity. But when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte’s co-star, Henry’s reality and fiction blur. As he struggles to write a new work, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching, but can any of them find ‘the real thing’?
“You couldn’t ask for a more deeply felt, or more deeply affecting, drama about love than this…THE REAL THING is indeed the genuine article… a play of strength, grace, melancholy and wit.” (Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph)
“It’s is about both love and art, and it is wise, witty, and astonishing through and through… Enthralling.” (Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times)
“Shimmering, dazzling theatre, a play of uncommon wit and intelligence which not only thoroughly delights but challenges and illuminates our lives.” (WCBS TV)
“The Real Thing is the real thing, a play by a world-class writer, a play with insights that follow you out of the theater and deep into the night.” (Laurie Winer, The Los Angeles Times)