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The Real Thing

04 May 2012 to 26 May 2012

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Quarry Theatre

A £27 B £22 C £17
Discounts £3 off in A & B Monday to Friday
Previews and Matinees £17
Schools £11

Running Time : 2 hours 15 minutes including a 20 minute interval

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Previews  5 & 8 May 7.30pm

Community Network 5, 8& 17  May 7.30pm, 12, 19 & 26 May 2.00pm

Captioned  17 May 7.30pm 

Audio Described 19 May 2.00pm & 24 May 7.30pm

BSL  26 May 2.00pm 

West Yorkshire Playhouse & English Touring Theatre

The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard


Charlotte Sarah Ball
Brodie Sandy Batchelor
Henry Gerald Kyd
Debbie Georgina Leonidas
Billy Adam O'Brian
Annie Marianne Oldham

Max Simon Scardifield

Creative Team:
Director Kate Saxon
Designer Simon Higlett
Composer Dominic Haslam
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
Sound Designer Mic Pool

Casting Director
Gemma Hancock & Sam Stevenson




Henry is a brilliant and celebrated playwright. With his wife Charlotte in the starring role, his new play examines the complexity of love and infidelity.

Henry's reality and fiction blur when passions ignite and his own marriage becomes entwined with that of Charlotte's co-star, Max and wife Annie. As Henry struggles to write a new work, the players in this game of deceit and lust are all searching. But can any of them find The Real Thing?

Sparklingly witty, genuinely moving and thought-provoking, The Real Thing sees Tom Stoppard at the height of his powers. This play is one of his most enduring and richly acclaimed works. The Playhouse joins forces with the celebrated English Touring Theatre to stage this electrifying new production of Stoppard's cunning exposé of love and betrayal.

Also Touring:

29 May - 2 Jun 2012
Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge

5 Jun - 9 Jun 2012
The Everyman Theatre , Cheltenham

12 Jun - 16 Jun 2012
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

19 Jun - 23 Jun 2012
Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton

26 Jun - 30 Jun 2012
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

3 Jul - 7 Jul 2012
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Theatre Day - Insight to the Rehearsal Room
Thursday 17 May 10am to 4pm

  • £19.50 including show ticket

Students practically explore the rehearsal process and directorial approach for The Real Thing in this session.

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Dates & times by arrangement

  • £180.00 for a group of up to 30 students

Pre or post show workshops in School or at the Playhouse. Work with Professionals from the Playhouse to explore how the performer brings this text to life. The workshop looks specifically at themes and characterisation.

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