Movie heartthrob Ewan McGregor will trade in his light saber for a typewriter when he makes his Broadway debut as a sharp-witted playwright in Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing. Performances begin Oct. 2, 2014 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.
McGregor will star as Henry, a married dramatist whose off-stage life parallels his writing as he embarks on an adulterous affair with an actress while his play about infidelity is a hit in London’s West End.
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) and Featured Actress (Christine Baranski). A Broadway revival in 2000 won Tonys for Best Revival and Actor (Stephen Dillane in the lead role).
McGregor has appeared on the Londonstage in Othello and Guys and Dolls, receiving an Olivier nomination for the latter. He is best-known for his film roles including the young Obi Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars features, a heroin addict in Trainspotting, a glam rocker in Velvet Goldmine, and a starving bohemian artist in Moulin Rouge. He just completed filming Jane’s Got a Gun and is currently shooting Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. He can be seen in the upcoming screen version of the Pulitzer prize-winning play August: Osage County.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The Real Thing was originally scheduled by Roundabout for spring 2013. A new production, yet to be announced, will be taking its place.