Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Josh Hamilton will play “Max” opposite Ewan McGregor (“Henry”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Annie”) and Cynthia Nixon (“Charlotte”) in Tom Stoppard’s Tony® Award-winning play The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold.
The Real Thing will begin preview performances on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and open officially on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement.
Josh Hamilton was recently featured on the FX television program “American Horror Story: Coven,” and will appear in FOX’s upcoming “Gracepoint,” which is a remake of the UK’s “Broadchurch.” His recent New York stage credits include Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Happy at MCC and Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts on Broadway.
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production. This Tony Award®-winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) first seduced audiences in London and New York nearly 30 years ago. Henry is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Tom Stoppard’s relationship with Roundabout Theatre Company includes Broadway productions of The Real Inspector Hound and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet. This fall Roundabout will also present the New York debut of Mr. Stoppard’sromantic drama Indian Ink at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Mr. Stoppard’s The Real Thing premiered on November 16, 1982 at The Strand Theatre in London. The Real Thing is the winner of the 1984 Tony® Award for Best Play and returns to the Broadway stage having last been produced 14 years ago.
Sam Gold is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company where his recent work includes Picnic (2013), Look Back in Anger (2012) and Tigers Be Still (2010).
The full cast and design team will be announced shortly.
Tickets for The Real Thing are currently on sale. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. To purchase tickets and for more information on subscriptions and VIP seats please visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300.
Single tickets for regular performances of The Real Thing range in price from $67-$137.
The Real Thing will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
EWAN McGREGOR (Henry). Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope. McGregor was last seen on the London stage in 2008 starring as ‘Iago’ opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, in a role he reprised on BBC Radio 3 in May 2008. Prior to that he starred alongside Jane Krakowski, Douglas Hodge and Jenna Russell in the original Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. For his performance in the leading role of ‘Sky Masterson’, McGregor received the LastMinute.com award for Best Actor and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Earlier stage work includes a production of David Halliwell's Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against the Eunuchs, which was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in London's West End. On screen, McGregor was recently seen in John Wells' film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. McGregor recently wrapped production on Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun, starring as the leader of an outlaw gang opposite Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton, as well as Julius Avery's Son of a Gun in Australia. He is currently in production on Mortdecai, the film adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s book The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, starring opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. McGregor was also recently seen starring opposite Naomi Watts inThe Impossible. Previously, the actor was seen starring in Focus Features' slice-of-life film, Beginners, opposite Christopher Plummer, and based on director Mike Mills' personal story. The film won for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature at the 2011 Gotham Film Awards, received the Best Feature nomination at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, and attention from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. McGregor also garnered acclaim for his performance in Lasse Hallström's moving film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen alongside Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered McGregor a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, to the legendary “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Star Wars Episode 1, to starring as “Christian” opposite Nicole Kidman in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning musical Moulin Rouge, McGregor's career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances. His diverse film credits include: Steven Soderberghs Haywire; Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, opposite Pierce Brosnan; Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere; Jack the Giant Slayer with Stanley Tucci; Ron Howard's Angels and Demons with Tom Hanks; the comedy I Love You Phillip Morris opposite Jim Carrey; Deception, also starring Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman; the drama romance, Incendiary; Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream; the biography drama, Miss Potter; Scenes of a Sexual Nature directed by Edward Blum; Marc Forster's supernatural thriller Stay, alongside Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling; Michael Bay's The Island with Scarlett Johanssen, Djimon Hounsou and Steve Buscemi; Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III; the animated films Robots directed by Chris Wedge, and Valiant directed by Gary Chapman; Tim Burton's Big Fish alongside Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Alison Lohman, Jessica Lange and Danny DeVito; Young Adam with Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Awards nomination; Down With Love opposite Renee Zellweger; Ridley Scott's historical drama Black Hawk Down; Rogue Trader; the Golden Globe-winning film Little Voice, alongside Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine; and the glam rock film Velvet Goldmine. The actor received critical acclaim for his role in Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary, in which he won the Best British Actor Award (for the third time running) at the 1997 Empire Movie Awards. He reprised his first male lead opposite Catherine Zeta Jones in The Pillow Book and for his role in the BAFTA award-winning Shallow Grave, McGregor was honored with the Hitchcock D'Argent Best Actor Award and a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTA Scotland Awards. On television, McGregor was lauded by critics with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his episodic role in the CBS television series “ER” titled, “The Long Way Round.” McGregor is a devoted and influential philanthropist and serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL (Annie) is one of the great young actresses of today. She gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for "Best Supporting Actress" for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heartalongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. After receiving rave reviews out of the 2002 Sundance competition for her starring role opposite James Spader in Lion’s Gate’s Secretary, she went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical”, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Actress”, a Chicago Film Critics’ Award for “Most Promising Performer”, A Boston Film Critics’ Award for “Best Actress”, a National Board of Review Award for “Breakthrough Performance” and an IFP/ Gotham “Breakthrough Performance” Award. Maggie made her feature film debut in 1992, alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in Waterland. This was followed by a memorable performance as “Raven”, the Satan-worshipping make-up artist in John Waters’ quirky Hollywood satire, Cecil B. Demented, which led her to a co-starring role in Donnie Darko, a fantasy-thriller about disturbed adolescence. Years later, back at Sundance in 2007, Maggie starred in Sherrybaby; she played a female convict struggling to overcome her drug addiction and regain custody of her daughter. The film was well-received by critics and garnered her second Golden Globe nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Gyllenhaal was also nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for her role in Don Roos’ Happy Endings, opposite Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold. She was Rachel Dawes in the Warner Bros. box office hit Dark Knight directed by Chris Nolan. She was also seen in Sam Mendes’s Away We Go. In August 2006, Maggie was seen in Trust the Manwith Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and David Duchovny and in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center with Maria Bello and Nicholas Cage. She also starred in Marc Forster’s Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson. In the past few years, she appeared in John Sayles’ Casa De Los Babys with Daryl Hannah and Lily Taylor and Mike Newell’s much-anticipated Mona Lisa Smile in which Maggie co-starred with Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst. She was also seen in Criminal with Diego Luna and John C. Reilly as well as Spike Jonze’s Adaptation. Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as “Alice” in Patrick Mauber’s award-winning Closer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Vanborough Theatre in London. In 2004, Maggie starred in Tony Kushner’s play Homebody/Kabul, which ran in both Los Angeles and at B.A.M. In August 2010, Maggie was seen in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang with Emma Thompson. In 2011, Maggie appeared in the Anton Chekhov play ‘Three Sisters’ alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton and also starred alongside Hugh Dancy in the romantic comedy, Hysteria. In 2012, Maggie starred in the drama, Won’t Back Down alongside Viola Davis and directed by Daniel Barnz. Maggie was most recently seen in White House Down, directed by Roland Emmerich in which she will star alongside Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. She has completed production on Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, co-starring Michael Fassbender, set to be released in 2014. Maggie can currently be seen on the BBC/Sundance original series The Honourable Woman, which made its British debut in May 2014 and US debut in July 2014.
JOSH HAMILTON (Max). Coming off of “American Horror Story: Coven,” Josh Hamilton has recently been cast in FOX’s “Gracepoint,” a remake of the UK’s “Broadchurch.” Josh’s films include Kicking and Screaming, Francis Ha, Dark Skies, J. Edgar, Away We Go, Margaret, Outsourced, Broken English, Diggers, The F Word, The House of Yes, Alive and the upcoming Bottled Up with Melissa Leo (tribeca film festival 2013), The Wait (sxsw 2013) and The Letter with Winona Ryder and James Franco. Recent TV appearances include Louie, The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, and Elementary. A longtime veteran of the New York stage, he recently appeared in Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Happy at MCC and Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts on Broadway. Other productions include The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center;Proof on Broadway; Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, The Waverly Gallery, and The Medieval Play; The Cherry Orchard with John Turturro and Dianne Wiest, Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal and PeterSarsgaard, A Doll's House with Lily Rabe, A Lie of the Mind directed by Ethan Hawke, The Bridge Project directed by Sam Mendes, Hurlyburly with Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale, Things We Want with Peter Dinklage and Paul Dano, The Cider House Rules, As Bees in Honey Drown, and Suburbia.
CYNTHIA NIXON (Charlotte). Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon made her film debut in Little Darlings at the age of 12 and her Broadway debut at 14 in The Philadelphia Story. Since then she has appeared in over 40 plays and countless films and television shows. She has been directed by Sidney Lumet, Louis Malle, Milos Forman, Mike Nichols and Robert Altman. Perhaps best known for her role as Miranda in the HBO series “Sex and the City,” Nixon will appear in upcoming projects including Richard Loncraine’s Life Itself opposite Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, as well as James White, an indie film written and directed by Josh Mond. She can currently be see in Amazon's Alpha House, and in the second season of NBC’s Hannibal in a recurring role. She recently wrapped Nikole Beckwith’s dramaStockholm, Pennsylvania, opposite Saoirse Ronan. In real life Cynthia has played an important role in fighting for NYC's public schools, marriage equality and most recently to elect progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio for NYC Mayor. She lives in downtown Manhattan with her wife Christine Marinoni and their three children Samantha, Charlie, and Max.
TOM STOPPARD (Playwright). Tom Stoppard’s work for the stage includes Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia (winner of the most Tony Awards of any new play on Broadway) and Rock ‘n’ Roll. His translations and adaptations include works by Lorca, Nestroy, Schnitzler, Molnar, Pirandello and Chekhov. Among his television credits are “Professional Foul” and “Squaring the Circle.” Film work includes Billy Bathgate, Brazil, Empire of the Sun, Enigma andShakespeare in Love. He directed the film of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. For radio he has written “If You’re Glad, I’ll Be Frank,” “Albert’s Bridge” and “In the Native State.” In 2006 Stoppard’s multi-award-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll opened at the Royal Court. The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, subsequently enjoyed a sell-out West End run as well as a season on Broadway produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
SAM GOLD (Director). Roundabout: Picnic, Look Back in Anger (Lortel nomination for Outstanding Direction); Tigers be Still. Broadway: Seminar (Golden Theater; also Ahmanson, L.A.). Recent: Fun Home (Public Theater); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep.); The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep., CT Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director); The Big Meal (Playwrights, Lortel Award for Outstanding Director); We Live Here (MTC); A Doll’s House (Williamstown); August: Osage County (Old Globe, SD Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); The Coward (LCT3); Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk nomination, OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction); The Aliens (Rattlestick, OBIE Award for Outstanding Direction); and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova/Under the Radar Festival). Graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program, NYTW Usual Suspect, Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, and Resident Director at Roundabout Theater Company.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
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Roundabout’s 2013-2014 season includes Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer); Tesori & Crawley’s Violet, starring Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman; and Just Jim Dale, starring Jim Dale, directed by Richard Maltby Jr.
Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton & Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.
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