The Real Thing is one of Tom Stoppard’s
finest plays. They say it’s also semi-autobiographical because it’s about a writer called Henry.
It explores love and marriage and fidelity. In our leading roles we have Richard Coyle,
a wonderful actor who our audiences might know on TV from Coupling. But he also starred
in James Graham’s play Ink in the West End recently. And Lisa Dillon who is returning
to Chichester after leading the companies of Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s
Lost here in 2016. It’s a playful piece because the audience
is never quite sure whether they are watching one of the scenes from Henry’s plays or
whether or not they are in fact watching the real thing.