Matinee Sunday March 24 4pm
Tickets from £10 available from chesiltheatre.org.uk
0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies)
The spring production at the Chesil Theatre, Winchester is The Real Thing, first presented in 1982 and thought of as Tom Stoppard's most personal play. Stoppard, then aged 45, had written several successful and critically acclaimed plays such Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Travesties and Jumpers.
The Real Thing features Henry, the smartest playwright of his generation, now a recognised success, whose wife Charlotte has been appearing in his latest triumph about a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Max, her leading man, is also married to an actress, Annie. When Henry’s passionate affair with Annie threatens to destroy both marriages, Henry realises life has started imitating art.
The Real Thing combines Stoppard's intellectual and dazzling wordplay with some of his most tender and touching writing, as he examines his own life for this poignant story of the search for love which is "the real thing". This clever, witty and entertaining examination of fidelity and trust is a multi award-winning modern classic.
Director Marcus Whitfield said: "It’s a challenge and a privilege to help my talented cast bring such a brilliant piece of writing alive on the Chesil stage. Stoppard’s deeply insightful play speaks volumes to all of us who have wrestled with life and love. I look forward to seeing you there!"