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The Real Thing

Opening on 22 Aug, 2024

2 hr 20 min with interval
Until 26 October 2024
Suitable for 14+

Why watch The Real Thing?

  • Tom Stoppard's iconic play, regarded as his best, returns to the West End for a strictly limited run.
  • Max Webster, the genius behind the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Life of Pi, helms this revival with stars James McArdle and Bel Powley in the lead roles.
  • The Guardian's theater critic Michael Billington called it one of the greatest plays ever written, praising its "intelligence, wit and emotional depth."
  • Don't miss your chance to see McArdle, fresh off his Olivier-nominated performance, and Powley ignite the stage with their performance. Get your tickets today!

Decades after its debut, The Real Thing continues to be hailed as a theatrical masterpiece. This award-winning play (Best Play at the Tonys, Drama Desk Awards and Evening Standard Awards) will be led by James McArdle (Platonov, Angels in America) and Bel Powley, winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard award. Director Max Webster, whose credits include Macbeth and Minority Report, is known for reimagining stories for the modern age, from Shakespeare to Seuss, so you can expect him to infuse Stoppard's timeless themes with a contemporary edge.


Prepare to be swept away by a whirlwind of love, betrayal, and the blurred lines between reality and illusion. The Real Thing follows a passionate romance between a playwright and an actress, their undeniable spark blossoming into a secret affair. But a shocking truth threatens to tear their world apart. As their love story unfolds, the boundaries between the characters they portray on stage and their own desires begin to crumble. Will their love survive the complexities of truth and deception, or will the search for "the real thing" leave them forever lost in a web of their own making?

Cast & crew

  • Leading Roles: James McArdle as Henry, Bel Powley as Annie
  • Direction: Max Webster
  • Playwright: Tom Stoppard

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

Age & content guide

  • This show is recommended for ages 14+.
  • This production uses mature themes and language. Parental discretion is advised.
  • Age suitability recommendations are just suggestions. So, trust your judgment when booking tickets for any show, and enjoy!

Old Vic TheaterRead more

Steeped in history, the Old Vic Theater is a London landmark captivating audiences since 1818. Originally a venue for melodramas, it transformed under visionary leaders like Emma Cons and Lilian Baylis. Cons championed socially conscious plays, while Baylis made it a Shakespearean powerhouse. Today, it's a haven for diverse productions, from classics like Oedipus starring Rami Malek to comedies like Groundhog Day. The Victorian facade hints at its rich past, while the semi-circular auditorium with its tiered seating ensures every patron gets a glimpse of the magic unfolding onstage.

Seating Capacity: 1,375

The Old Vic Theater Seating Plan will help you find the best seats in the theater.

Facilities & accessibility

Available Facilities: Bar, gift shop, toilets

Accessibility: Accessible toilets, assistance dogs allowed, wheelchair spaces available in all sections

Additional information

  • Security: To ensure your comfort and security, you might encounter a few security checks when you arrive at the venue.
  • Dress code: Smart casual or semi-formal attire is the way to go.
  • Outside Food: While outside food isn't usually allowed, many theaters have cafes or restaurants nearby for you to check out before or after the show.

Tickets redemption

  • You’ll get an instant email confirmation right after you book your tickets.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free entrance to the venue by showing your mobile ticket and a valid photo ID – no printout necessary!

Cancellation & refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Frequently asked questions about The Real Thing

How much do The Real Thing Play tickets cost?

The cost of The Real Thing Play tickets starts from £28 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for The Real Thing?

The Real Thing opens on 22nd August 2024 at the Old Vic Theater in London.

What age is The Real Thing appropriate for?

The play is most suitable for individuals aged 14 and above.

Where is The Real Thing playing in London?

The Real Thing is playing at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

What is The Real Thing about?

The Real Thing is a comedy about love and infidelity that explores the fleeting nature of reality. The story centers on Henry, a playwright, and Annie, an actress, who have an affair before marrying each other and repeating history.

How long does The Real Thing run for?

The running time of The Real Thing is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

Who are the main stars of The Real Thing?

The main stars of The Real Thing are James McArdle playing Henry and Bel Powley playing Annie.