Directed by Sam Gold (Picnic, Look Back in Anger, Tigers Be Still), the limited engagement will officially open Oct. 30, 2014, for a run through Jan. 4, 2015, at the American Airlines Theatre.
McGregor, who recently wrapped production on "Jane's Got a Gun" and is currently filming "Mortdecai" opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, will play Henry. He will also be seen in the upcoming John Wells film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County.
The full cast and design team will be announced at a later date, and another production will be announced shortly for the American Airlines Theatre in spring 2014.
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 will be part of Roundabout's 2014-15 season, which will go on sale for subscription renewal in early 2014. Tickets will be on sale to the public in summer 2014.
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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.