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The Real Thing

by Tom Stoppard

Director: Michelle Swann


'It’s no trick loving someone at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.'

Henry, a successful playwright, writes about a failing marriage and the possibility of new love. When does life begin to imitate art?

This play explores the nature of love and commitment, and highlights the difference between reality and appearance, love and lust, passionate commitment and affection.  How do we know when we are experiencing ‘the real thing’?


The Real Thing is considered Tom Stoppard’s most accessible script and utilises the ‘play within a play’ construct to consummate effect.  The play won Tony Awards for Best Play in 1984 and Best Revival of a Play in 2000.


Frank Rich from the New York Times wrote about the Broadway version:  ‘The Real Thing is not only Mr Stoppard’s most moving play but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years.’

Season Dates:
26 June to 13 July 2024

Audition Dates:

Sat 20th April starting at 10:00am
Mon 22nd April starting at 7:00pm 


Audition Venue: Williamstown Little Theatre, 2-4 Albert St Williamstown

Characters Descriptions:

Please note ages are only a guide.

Max - actor, approximately 40. Seemingly married to Charlotte at the beginning of the play but actually married to Annie

Charlotte - actress, approximately 35. Seemingly married to Max at the beginning of the play but actually married to Henry

Henry - playwright, approximately 40. Married to Charlotte but having an affair with Annie

Annie - actress and activist, approximately 30. Married to Max but having an affair with Henry

Billy - actor, around 22. Performs in a play with Annie and becomes romantically interested in her

Debbie - 18, Henry & Charlotte’s daughter

Brodie - around 25, Scottish soldier turned activist who attempts to become a playwright

Accents are standard English received pronunciation apart from Billy and Brodie (Glaswegian accents)

Auditions are by appointment only. To book an audition, contact Les Hart,


Williamstown Little Theatre has a COVID SAFE PLAN that will apply through auditions, rehearsals and performances. 

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, are required to be in isolation or have tested positive to COVID 19 either via PCR or RAT within the previous 7 days.

  • We recommend that you wear a mask while indoors except for during your actual audition.

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