The Real Thing

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Bob Thomson

Friday 29th May – Saturday 6th June 2020 in the Auditorium

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Tom Stoppard's award-winning study of the pain and pleasure of love

Taking place in London in the early 1980s, The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard focuses on the passionate but never fully satisfying love between Henry (a playwright) and Annie (an actor). When they start an affair Henry is already married to Charlotte and Annie is married to Max. Soon they both divorce their partners and marry each other. Unfortunately, this new relationship still does not ultimately fulfil their needs.

Meanwhile, Annie is devoted to freeing Brodie, a Scottish soldier imprisoned for burning a memorial wreath during a protest. She is the reason he committed the crime in the first place, and subsequently feels responsible for his imprisonment. She encourages Brodie to write an autobiographical play in the hope that it will cause his story to become a political movement and recruits a reluctant Henry to help ghost-write.

And through it all, Henry tries to handle the growing cynicism of his teenage daughter, Debbie. He also attempts to understand the reasons that his first marriage fell apart in an effort to save his second. The Real Thing, a play clearly semi-autobiographical, explores the themes of marriage, infidelity, and honesty with a fresh and quick-witted comedic style. The play examines both the pain and passion that love can bring into people’s lives.

Part of the Barn’s 2019/2020 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Creative Team

Director-Bob Thomson


Friday 29th May – Saturday 6th June 2020

Friday 29th May8.00pm 
Saturday 30th May8.00pm 
Monday 1st June8.00pm 
Tuesday 2nd June8.00pm 
Wednesday 3rd June8.00pm 
Thursday 4th June8.00pm 
Friday 5th June8.00pm 
Saturday 6th June2.30pm 
Saturday 6th June8.00pm 

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