David O’Meara in The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard. Photo: Futoshi Sakauchi

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

Irish Premiere

Presented in association with Lane Productions at Andrew’s Lane Theatre.

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

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

Production Team

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


Iseult Golden

Amy Huberman

Enda Kilroy

Chris McHallem

Tadhg Murphy

David O’Meara

Morna Regan