About The Real Thing

Old Vic, London
22 August 2024 - 26 October 2024

Tom Stoppard comedy The Real Thing comes to The Old Vic this Summer.

James McArdle (Mare of Easttown, The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Bel Powley (A Small Light, The Morning Show), star in Tom Stoppard’s captivating comedy of love, infidelity and the stories we tell. Max Webster, acclaimed for Macbeth starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo and his thrilling production of Life of Pi, directs this major London revival.

The Real Thing runs from 22 August to 26 October 2024 at The Old Vic theatre London. Book your tickets today.

Show Information

Performance dates
22 August 2024 - 26 October 2024
Age restrictions
Running time
2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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What's the story of The Real Thing?

There are no commitments, only bargains.

Annie is an actress, Henry is a playwright, and fiction the backdrop to life. Hardly a recipe for a faithful marriage, especially when it started as an affair.

But does it matter how it began if what they have is the real thing?

Who is in the cast of The Real Thing?

Starring James McArdle as Henry and Bel Powley as Annie.

Who are the creative team of The Real Thing?

Playwright: Tom Stoppard. Director: Max Webster.

Set and Costume is by Peter McKintosh, Lighting by Richard Howell, Sound by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite and Casting by Jessica Ronane CDG. More creatives to be announced.

Important Notes

Access Performances:
British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted: 17 Oct, 7:30pm; Captioned: 14 Oct, 7:30pm; Relaxed (also Audio Described, BSL & Captioned): 12 Oct, 2:30pm; Audio Described: Fri 11 Oct, 7:30pm (Touch Tour 5:30pm)

Venue Information

Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

Frequently Asked Questions

The Real Thing is playing at the Old Vic in London
The running time of The Real Thing is 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
The age recommendations for The Real Thing are: 14+
To buy official London Theatre tickets to The Real Thing, click on the Find Tickets button at the top of this page. You will be able to access the booking calendar to check ticket availability and see any exclusive offers or discounts. You will be purchasing tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.
Yes, The Real Thing has matinee performances on the following days: Thursday, Saturday

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