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Laurence Fox to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and on tour

Laurence Fox, The Real Thing

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THEATRE Royal Bath Productions, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston have announced that Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing will embark on a limited UK Tour from September.

Starring Laurence Fox and directed by Stephen Unwin, the production will open on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in Cambridge before touring to Bath (September 18 to September 30) and Kingston (October 2 to October 14), with further dates to be announced.

The Real Thing was first staged in London’s West End in 1982 and subsequently transferred to Broadway where 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.

Stoppard’s poignant classic offers an intellectual and entertaining examination of infidelity.

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?

Although Laurence Fox is best known for his role as DS James Hathaway for seven series of Lewis, his other television credits include A Room With A View and Wired. He has also appeared in the films Gosford Park and Becoming Jane and on stage in Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre) and Our Boys (Duchess Theatre).

Tom Stoppard is a multi-award-winning playwright, whose many notable plays including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, The Hard Problem and The Invention of Love. He also co-wrote Shakespeare in Love, which won the Academy Award for best screenplay.

Stephen Unwin founded English Touring Theatre (ETT) in 1993 prior to becoming Artistic Director of Rose Theatre Kingston for five years. His credits for Theatre Royal Bath include Moon Tiger starring Jane Asher and Present Laughter starring Samuel West and Phyllis Logan.

Tickets (Rose Theatre Kingston): £10 – £45. To book, call the box office on 020 8174 0090 or visit

Times: Monday to Thursday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Friday at 8pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Also at the Rose Theatre, Kingston: the brand new Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza, Bring On The Bollywood (May 25 to May 28, 2017).