Tony winner Cynthia Nixon will join Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Preview performances begin Oct. 2 at the American Airlines Theater with an opening date set for Oct. 30 for a limited engagement through Jan. 4, 2015. Obie-winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Flick) will direct. Nixon will play Charlotte, the actress-wife of philandering playwright Henry (McGregor) who is having an affair with another actress (Gyllenhaal).
This is actually Nixon’s second time performing in the show. She appeared in the first Broadway production of The Real Thing back in 1984 as Debbie, the teenage daughter of Henry and Charlotte. During the run, she made history by simultaneously appearing in David Rabe’s Hurlyburly. Since her character in that play appeared in only the first and third acts and Debbie was only in one scene during the middle of The Real Thing, Nixon was able to walk between the theaters and play both roles.
Best known as the sarcastic Miranda on HBO’s Sex and the City, Nixon won a Best Actress Tony in 2006 for performance in Rabbit Hole. She’s also been nominated for Wit and Indiscretions. A board member of Roundabout Theatre Company, she has previously appeared with the company in The Women and Distracted.
The Real Thing opened in London in 1982, starring Roger Rees as Henry, and then played Broadway in 1984. That production ran for 566 performances and won five Tonys including Best Play, Best Director (Mike Nichols), Actor (Jeremy Irons as Henry), Actress (Glenn Close as Annie) and Featured Actress (Christine Baranski as Charlotte). A Broadway revival in 2000 won Tonys for Best Revival and Actor (Stephen Dillane as Henry).
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