West End Actor Completes the Cast of Broadway's Real Thing, Starring Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal

News   West End Actor Completes the Cast of Broadway's Real Thing, Starring Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal
West End actor Ronan Raftery is the final performer to join the cast of the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Sept. 4. 

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Raftery (The Comedy Of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe, The Shawshank Redemption in the West End, The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre) joins the cast as Billy.

As previously announced, Alex Breaux (a recent Juilliard graduate, seen in Much Ado About Nothing in Central Park and currently in The Sky and the Limit at 59E59 Theaters) will play Brodie with Madeline Weinstein (recent graduate of Northwestern University) as Debbie.

The cast also features Josh Hamilton ("American Horror Story: Coven," "Gracepoint," Reasons to be Happy at MCC, Dead Accounts) as Max, Ewan McGregor (Othello at the Donmar Warehouse) as Henry, Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Crazy Heart") as Annie and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole) as Charlotte.

Nixon is a board member of Roundabout Theatre Company and returns to their stage following her roles in Distracted and The Women. Gyllenhaal and McGregor will be making their Broadway debuts as Annie and Henry, respectively, in the Tony-winning play.

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. Previews begin Oct. 2. The creative team includes David Zinn (set design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Mark Barton (lighting design) and Bray Poor (sound design).

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, and tickets are currently on sale.

For more information, visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.

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