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The Real Thing is a radio play by Tom Stoppard, based on his 1982 stage play. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 30 December 2006 as an installment of the Saturday Play[1]. Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, it was his debut as a radio director. An earlier version was broadcast in 1992.


Henry is a successful playwright married to Charlotte, who has the lead role in his latest play about adultery. Her co-star Max is married to another actress, Annie. Annie and Henry are madly in love, but is it any more real than the subjects of Henry's play?


  • Henry - Alex Jennings
  • Annie - Imogen Stubbs
  • Charlotte - Harriet Walter
  • Max - Roger Allam
  • Debbie - Fiona Button
  • Brodie - Iain Robertson
  • Billy - Rafe Spall

Directed by Trevor Nunn

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