The Real Thing

‘There are no commitments, only bargains.’

Annie is an actress, Henry is a playwright, and fiction is the backdrop to life. Hardly a recipe for a faithful marriage, especially when it started as an affair.

But does it matter how it began if what they have is the real thing?

Diving through layers of play and performance, reality and deceit, The Real Thing is Tom Stoppard’s kaleidoscopic comedy of love, infidelity and the stories we tell. Starring James McArdle (Mare of Easttown, The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Bel Powley (A Small Light, The Morning Show), and directed by Max Webster (Macbeth, Life of Pi).

Assisted Performances:
Audio Described: 11 Oct, 7.30pm (Touch Tour, 5.30pm)
Relaxed (audio described, captioned and BSL interpreted): 12 Oct, 2.30pm
Captioned: 14 Oct, 7.30pm
BSL Interpreted: 17 Oct, 7.30pm

Age Restrictions

Ages 14+.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances from Wed 28th August 2024 until Sat 26th October 2024.

Show times for each day are below.















The Old Vic Details

Buses Icon Bus routes: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507

Night Buses Icon Night buses: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243

Rail Icon Nearest rail: Waterloo

London Underground Icon Tube lines: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee

London Underground Icon Nearest tube: Waterloo

Directions Icon Directions from Waterloo :

(7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

Parking Icon Car park: Waterloo Station (4mins)

Congestion Zone Icon In congestion zone?: Yes

Facilities at The Old Vic

Air conditioned


Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop


Wheelchair accessible

The Old Vic Location

103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
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The Real Thing

The Old Vic, London

Running until: Sat 26th October 2024

Running time: 2hr 20min. Incl. 1 interval.