Despite appearances in a handful of Off Broadway shows over the past five years, Maggie Gyllenhaal has never appeared on Broadway — that is, until this upcoming fall season, when she will play the coveted role of Annie in Tom Stoppard’s award-winning play The Real Thing opposite the previously announced Ewan McGregor as Henry.
The play concerns a struggling playwright (McGregor) who embarks on an affair with the luminous Annie (Gyllenhaal) and both parties, already married, end up questioning the consequences of their actions and whether Henry’s play, already about divorce, is informing their actual lives. The play was last seen on Broadway in 2000 in a critically acclaimed revival that won Tonys for its leading actors Stephen Dillane (John Adams) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), a feat also accomplished by the two leads of the original 1984 production, Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.
The Real Thing is set to play Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre beginning Oct. 2, with an opening night scheduled for Oct. 30. The run will conclude on Jan. 4, 2015. For tickets and additional information on this and other Roundabout productions, please visit the theater’s official website.