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This show closed on October 26, 2019

About The Real Thing

The Real Thing is playwright Tom Stoppard at his dazzling best. One of his most heartfelt plays, it’s a portrait of a writer of intellectual prowess struggling to articulate that most elusive of emotions – love.

Henry is married to Charlotte, while Annie is married to Max. But it’s Henry and Annie who have fallen passionately in love. Could this, at last, be the real thing? They’ll soon find out.

Through the demise of two marriages, the bloom of new relationships and the pain of infidelity, Stoppard’s characters debate and dissect what love is, what it gives and what it takes. Expertly constructed, erudite and funny, The Real Thing is a modern classic.

Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) returns to direct an irresistible cast including Geraldine Hakewill (Chimerica) and Johnny Carr in this hugely entertaining and deeply affecting play.

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Simon Phillips

Run Time

2hr 20min (inc interval)

Start Date

End Date


Content Warning: strong language, adult themes, sexual references.

“An examination of the nature of honesty written 35 years ago but just as potent today, also explores the pain and pleasure of being in love.”
The Stage, UK
“The Real Thing is a play that glows with love’s warmth and burns with love’s pain.”
The Telegraph, UK
“Poignant postmodern comedy… the feats of form still enchant and the chief concerns – the getting and keeping and knowing of the beloved – remain as relevant and bittersweet as ever.”
The Guardian, UK

Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

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