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Maggie Gyllenhaal is heading to the stage.
The Real Thing follows playwright Henry (McGregor), who is unhappily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art.
The Roundabout Theatre Company, headed by Todd Haimes, is presenting the play, which Sam Gold will direct.
Previews for the limited engagement begin Oct. 2 at the American Airlines Theatre, with the official opening set for Oct. 30.
Gyllenhaal can next be seen in BBC/Sundance Channel’s The Honourable Woman and stars opposite Michael Fassbender in Lenny Abrahamson‘s Frank, which premiered at Sundance.
The actress has appeared off-Broadway in two Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya. She was previously announced to star off-Broadway in the upcoming American premiere of Penelope Skinner‘s The Village Bike, opening in June, but has since dropped out of that production.
The Real Thing originally premiered at London’s Strand Theatre on Nov. 16, 1982, and in 1984 won the Tony Award for best play. The play was last seen on Broadway 14 years ago.
Additional castmembers and design team will be announced shortly.
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