The Real Thing

by Tom Stoppard (Irish Premiere), presented in association with Lane Productions.

Generally considered one of Tom Stoppard’s (Shakespeare in Love, Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), best works, The Real Thing is a comedy about love, commitment, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity, high art and pop culture.

It tells the story of Henry, a successful playwright and his love affair with Annie, an actress. Head and heart, life and art come together in an exhilarating way as the play cuts between scenes from Henry’s plays, Annie’s roles and their life together. In The Real Thing, Stoppard combines his characteristically brilliant wordplay and wit with flashes of insight that illuminate the nature and the mystery of love, creating a multi-layered play that challenges the mind while searching out the innermost secrets of the heart.


“Paul Meade directs with a firm touch and keen awareness … finely tuned cast … an accomplished production.” – Sunday Independent

“… true love is what we are talking about here … a brilliant production … outstanding!’ – The Irish Examiner

“clever and innovative …pacy direction …is this the real thing? I think so!” – Sunday Tribune

Credits: Directed by Paul Meade. Set Design by Chisato Yoshimi. Lighting Design by Sinead McKenna. Costume Design by Leonie Prendergast. Sound Design by Paul McDonnell – One Productions. Production Manager Marie Tierney. Stage Manager Lorraine Connolly. ASM Liz Gerhardy. Operator/ASM Denise Pacquet. Produced by Alan Smyth. CAST: Iseult Golden, Amy Huberman, Enda Kilroy, Chris McHallem, Tadhg Murphy, David O’Meara and Morna Regan. Andrew’s Lane Theatre – Dublin.