The Real Thing

9 Sep — 26 Oct 2019

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

★★★★ “The Real Thing is the real deal" Limelight

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Simon Phillips

Fall in love with love itself

The Real Thing is playwright Tom Stoppard at his dazzling best. One of his most heartfelt plays, it’s a portrait of a writer of intellectual prowess struggling to articulate that most elusive of emotions – love.

Henry is married to Charlotte, while Annie is married to Max. But it’s Henry and Annie who have fallen passionately in love. Could this, at last, be the real thing? They’ll soon find out.

Through the demise of two marriages, the bloom of new relationships and the pain of infidelity, Stoppard’s characters debate and dissect what love is, what it gives and what it takes. Expertly constructed, erudite and funny, The Real Thing is a modern classic.

Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) returns to direct an irresistible cast including Geraldine Hakewill (Chimerica) and Johnny Carr in this hugely entertaining and deeply affecting play.

Production Patron The Petre Foundation

Approx. duration 2hrs 20 mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info
Content warning Strong language, adult themes, sexual references, herbal cigarettes. Subject to change. More info


Mon – Thu performances
Adult $103
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $75

Fri & Sat performances
All tickets $108

Preview performances
All tickets $75

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$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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