Tony Winner Cynthia Nixon Will Join Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing on Broadway

By Michael Gioia
13 Mar 2014

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon

Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon will join Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, which will begin previews Oct. 2. 

RTC announced March 13 that Nixon, a Tony winner for Rabbit Hole and a Tony nominee for Wit and Indiscretions, will play the role of Charlotte. In 1984 Nixon appeared in the Broadway debut of The Real Thing while simultaneously appearing in Hurlyburly, both directed by Mike Nichols. Her nightly appearances in two theatres, to act in two different plays, was a Broadway first.

Nixon is a board member of Roundabout Theatre Company and returns to their stage following her roles in Distracted and The Women.

As previously announced, Gyllenhaal and McGregor will be making their Broadway debuts as Annie and Henry, respectively.



Sam Gold (Picnic, Look Back in Anger, Tigers Be Still) will direct the limited engagement, which will officially open Oct. 30 for a run through Jan. 4, 2015, at the American Airlines Theatre.

Gyllenhaal received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in "Crazy Heart." She has also been seen on screen in "Secretary," "Waterland," "Cecil B. Demented," "Happy Endings" and "The Dark Knight," among others. On stage, she starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber's Closer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Anthony and Cleopatra at the Vanborough Theatre in London and Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul, which ran in both Los Angeles and at B.A.M. 

McGregor recently wrapped production on "Jane's Got a Gun" and is currently filming "Mortdecai" opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. He can currently be seen in the John Wells film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County. McGregor was last seen on the London stage in 2008 as Iago in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. He has also been seen on stage in the original Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre in London and Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against the Eunuchs.

The full cast and design team will be announced at a later date.

Stoppard's The Real Thing premiered Nov. 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.

Here's how Roundabout bills the "stirring and sensual" new production of The Real Thing: "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."

The Real Thing is part of Roundabout's 2014-15 season. Tickets will be on sale to the public in summer 2014.

For more information, visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.