Henry is a celebrated playwright, his wife is an actress, and his latest play is a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. But as the intricate web of off-stage infidelities unfolds, relationships prove much more demanding than a droll retort. A distinguished play about the complexities of commitment, the power of great writing, and the mysterious ways of love, from one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights.
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Tom Stoppard explores the nature of illusion in The Real Thing: What constitutes reality in love, art, and politics? Stoppard references other plays in this investigation to challenge the audience’s perception of what’s actually happening—as opposed to being enacted by the characters who are actors—as well as to use literature as a way to process one’s own experience.Read More
The Real Thing is Tom Stoppard’s most personal play. While disavowing its literal truth, the playwright allows, “I don’t know if it’s autobiographical, but it’s certainly a lot of auto-something.” Similarities abound between Stoppard and his protagonist Henry: both are celebrated, middle-aged playwrights renowned for their dramatizations of intellect over emotion; both are fierce defenders of eloquence and language; and both love pop music, in all its seeming triviality.