All systems are go for the Broadway arrival of the hit Donmar Warehouse revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. After a Jan. 13-March 18, 2000 stint at the West End's Wyndham Theatre, the comedy-drama arrives at the Belasco Theatre March 29 and opens there April 17 for a 20-week limited engagement, according to the Boneau/Bryan Brown press office.
Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle opened in the Donmar revival of Stoppard's 1982 comedy June 2, 1999 (following previews from May 27). They, alongside fellow Donmar-mates Jennifer Ehle, Sarah Woodward and Nigel Lindsay, will be part of the Broadway company. The production, which ran through Aug. 7, was sold out.
The Real Thing deals with love, marriage and adultery. In shifting perspectives, couples founder and reform, and joy and passion are acutely countered by pain and deception. "You want to give it time," says Annie to Henry, her married lover. "Time to go wrong, change, spoil. Then you know it wasn't the real thing."
Dillane, star of the feature film "Welcome to Sarajevo," plays Henry. Dillane returned to the Donmar following his role last year in Endgame. Ehle, who plays Annie, is best known for her film features such as the recently released "This Year's Love" and her television roles in serials such as BBC1's "Pride and Prejudice," for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in 1996.
In London, Dillane and Ehle were joined in the cast by Woodward (Charlotte), Lindsay (Max), Mark Bazeley (Billy), Caroline Hayes (Debbie) and Joshua Henderson (Brodie). The Real Thing is directed by David Leveaux, newly appointed as an associate director of the Donmar Warehouse. Stoppard's comedy was his third production for the theatre, following the musical Nine in 1996 and the 1997 Olivier Award-winning production of Electra, starring Zoe Wanamaker, which also transferred to Broadway. Design is by Vicky Mortimer, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by John A Leonard.
Tom Stoppard won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for his screenplay for the film "Shakespeare in Love." His recent theatre work includes Arcadia (Evening Standard Award for Best Play, 1993), Indian Ink (1995) and The Invention of Love (Evening Standard Award for Best Play, 1997).
The Real Thing, is being produced on Broadway by Anita Waxman, Elizabeth Williams, Ron Kastner and Associated Capital Theatre, Ltd.