Full Cast Announced for London's Old Vic Revival of Stoppard's Real Thing

News   Full Cast Announced for London's Old Vic Revival of Stoppard's Real Thing
The new London production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing that begins performances at London's Old Vic April 10, prior to an official opening April 21, has announced its full cast.
(clockwise from top left) Tom Austen, Louise Calf, Barnaby Kay and Fennella Woolgar
(clockwise from top left) Tom Austen, Louise Calf, Barnaby Kay and Fennella Woolgar

Joining the previously announced Toby Stephens are Tom Austen, Louise Calf, Barnaby Kay, Hattie Morahan, Fennella Woolgar and Jordan Young. The production is directed by Anna Mackmin, with designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Simon Baker.

In the play, Henry (Stephens) is a successful and talented playwright married to Charlotte (Woolgar), an actress playing the lead in his current play about adultery. Her co-star and friend Max (Kay), is married to Annie (Morahan), also an actor. Henry and Annie have fallen in love but is it any more real than the subjects in Henry’s play? As the story unravels, Henry discovers that love – "the real thing" - can be unpredictable and painful.

Originally premiered at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in 1982 in a production that starred Roger Rees and Felicity Kendal, it subsequently received its Broadway premiere in a different production in 1984 that starred Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close and saw the play win the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as Tonys for its two stars. It was revived in 2000 at London's Donmar Warehouse in a production starring Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle that subsequently transferred both to the West End and to Broadway, where its two stars once again won the Tony Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Play.

Stephens was most recently seen on the London stage in A Doll’s House (at the Donmar Warehouse) and The Country Wife, directed by Jonathan Kent (at the Theatre Royal Haymarket). Other London stage credits include Tartuffe (Playhouse Theatre), Phedre (Almeida and Brooklyn Academy of Music), Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Work at the RSC includes Hamlet, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Wallenstein, All's Well That Ends Well and the title role in Coriolanus (for which he was awarded the Sir John Gielgud prize for Best Actor and the Ian Charleson Award). On Broadway, he was seen in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Ring Round the Moon at the Belasco Theatre. His extensive film and TV credits include "Severance," "Orlando," "Die Another Day," "The Great Gatsby," "Jane Eyre," "Cambridge Spies" and "The Camomile Lawn."

Austen recently finished filming the remake of Graeme Greene’s "Brighton Rock" for cinema release, and also appeared in Jane Campion's "Bright Star." On TV he is best known for his role as Anto in Channel 4’s "Shameless." Calf recently graduated from LAMDA. This is her London professional stage debut.

Kay's television credits include the recent ITV production of "Wuthering Heights," Peter Kosminsky’s "The Government Inspector" on Channel 4, "The Fixer" (ITV), "The Passion" (BBC) and "Spooks" (BBC). He was last seen on the London stage in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar Warehouse, with Rachel Weisz. Other credits include the Royal Court, National and RSC.

Morahan has been seen on TV in the BBC comedy "Outnumbered," "Lark Rise To Candleford," "Marple" and "Sense And Sensibility," for which she won Best Actress Award at the Shanghai TV Festival. Film work includes "The Bank Job," "The Golden Compass" and "The Visit." On stage she has appeared at the National in Time and the Conways, The Seagull and Some Trace of Her; at the Donmar in Family Reunion and A Doll's House; and at the Royal Court in The City.

Woolgar recently completed filming on Woody Allen's latest film "Summer Project" (working title), having previously appeared in his film "Scoop." Her other film credits include "St. Trinians," Richard E. Grant's "Wah Wah" and Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake." She will soon be seen in ITV1’s "Poirot: The Halloween Party" and has appeared in the BBC’s "Freezing," "Doctor Who,""Jekyll" and "Mr. Loveday’s Little Outing." Her stage credits include Time And The Conways (National), Motortown (Royal Court) and "As You Like It" (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Young recently appeared in the new series of "Rab C. Nesbitt" on BBC as well as "Rebus" (ITV) and "The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes" (BBC). His theatre credits include The Curse of the Starving Class, The Taming Of The Shrew, Beauty And The Beast (Royal Lyceum), The Seagull (Edinburgh Festival) and Black Watch (UK and USA).

Mackmin previously directed a new production of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa at the Old Vic in 2009. She is currently represented on the London stage by the premiere of Tamsin Oglesby's Really Old, Like Forty Five at the National's Cottesloe. Other directorial credits include Brian Friel's version of Hedda Gabler (at Dublin's Gate Theatre), new productions of David Eldridge's Under the Blue Sky and David Storey's In Celebration (both at the West End's Duke of York's), and Dying for It (Almeida).

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 871 7628, or visit www.oldvictheatre.com

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