Laurence Fox finds love & infidelity in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing


Rehearsals began today for Theatre Royal Bath’s co-production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox.

Directed by Stephen Unwin, the Theatre Royal Bath, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston production will embark on limited UK tour this autumn.

Laurence Fox, who stars as Henry, is joined by Adam Jackson-Smith as Max, Rebecca Johnson as Charlotte, Santino Smith as Brodie, Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Annie, Venice Van Someren as Debbie and Kit Young as Billy.

Henry is the smartest and sharpest playwright of his generation. His wife, Charlotte, an actress has been appearing in a play by Henry 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 affair with Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he realises life has started imitating art. But are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

Laurence Fox is best known for his role as DS James Hathaway for seven series of Lewis. Other television roles include A Room With A View and Wired with film credits including Gosford Park and Becoming Jane.

Fox’s theatre credits include Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre) and Our Boys (Duchess Theatre).

Adam Jackson-Smith recently starred in The Dresser (UK Tour; Duke of York’s) alongside Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith.

Other stage credits include The First Man (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre).

Rebecca Johnson’s extensive theatre credits include All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath), Wendy and Peter (RSC) and Twelfth Night (Sheffield Theatres / ETT).

Flora Spencer-Longhurst’s stage credits include A Christmas Truce and Much Ado About Nothing & Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC), Once (Phoenix Theatre) and Titus Andronicus (Globe Theatre).

UK Tour dates

Cambridge Arts Theatre, September 6 – 16
Theatre Royal Bath, September 18 – 30
Rose Theatre Kingston, October 3 – 14
Malvern Festival Theatre, October 16 – 21
Edinburgh King’s Theatre, October 24 – 28
Brighton Theatre Royal,October 30 – November 4
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, November 6 – 11

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