NEWS: Full Casting Confirmed for The Real Thing

Further casting has been announced for Stephen Unwin’s production of Tom Stoppard’s play. 

The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox

Joining the previously announced Laurence Fox playing Henry in the production will be 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.

Stephen Unwin’s production will open on the 6th September in Cambridge  before touring to co-producing venues Bath and Kingston as well as Malvern, Edinburgh, Brighton and Guildford.

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?

Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing originally premiered in London in 1982, subsequently transferring to Broadway here it went on to win multiple awards including the Tony Award for Best Play in 1994 and, 16 years later, the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

This new touring production will feature set and costume design by Jonathan Fensom (Farinelli and the King, Duke of York’s; Journey’s End; West End Broadway – Tony Award nomination for Best Scenic Design) and lighting by Tim Mascall (I Loved Lucy, Arts Theatre; The Importance of Being Earnest,Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Laurence Fox is best known for his role as  DS James Hathaway for seven series of Lewis. His theatre credits include performances in 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).

Santino Smith trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where credits included All That I amThe Narrative, The Rover and The Taming of the Shrew.

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).

Venice Van Someren most recently starred in Gabriel (UK Tour). Other credits include Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (Theatre N16), Punk Rock(Theatro Technis) and The Cherry Orchard (Boris Shchukin Institute).

Kit Young recently graduated from RADA where credits included The OresteiaRomeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Real Thing will tour the UK from the 6th September until the 11th November. 

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