Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut opposite Ewan McGregor in a much-anticipated revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing.
Gyllenhall will play Annie, an actress engaged in an extramarital affair with a dramatist Henry (McGregor) whose play about infidelity is running on London’s West End. Life imitates art as Annie and Henry’s lives begin to parallel the productions they are working on. Gyllenhall previously appeared Off-Broadway with her husband Peter Sarsgaard at the Classic Stage Company in revivals of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya.
The show will be produced by the Roundabout Theater Company. 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.
The Real Thing opened inLondon 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), Actress (Glenn Close) and Featured Actress (Christine Baranski). A Broadway revival in 2000 won Tonys for Best Revival and Actor for Stephen Dillane.
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