Talented actor Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut as the headliner of the new revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Performances are scheduled to begin October 2, 2014 with an official opening date set for October 30, 2014. The limited engagement production will run through January 4, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre.
McGregor has graced the stage several times over the course of his career. In 2006, he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Sky Masterson in the West End revival of Guys and Dolls. Other stage roles include Iago in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse and an appearance in Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against the Eunuchs in West End. In addition to his stage roles, McGregor is perhaps best known for his screen roles in films such as Moulin Rouge, Star Wars: Episodes I, II, & III, Black Hawk Down, I Love You Phillip Morris, Angels and Demons, Cassandra’s Dream, Miss Potter, and Scenes of a Sexual Nature among numerous others. McGregor is currently scheduled to appear in upcoming films Jane Got a Gun, Mortdecai, and the big screen adaptation of Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play August: Osage County.
The Real Thing is directed by Sam Gold and tells the story of Henry, a successful playwright, who is unhappily married to Charlotte who is the lead actress in his current play about a marriage on the brink of collapse. As his affair with their friend Annie threatens to ruin his marriage, Henry notes that his personal life has begun to imitate art. Though Annie leaves her husband to begin life anew with Henry, he begins to doubt the nature of their love and wonders if it is real or simply fiction. It is a play that explores relationships, fidelity, and the blurred lines between love and lust.
Further information regarding casting and a design team is set to be announced at a later date.