Oscar-nominated film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut in fall 2014 in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. She will star opposite Ewan McGregor, who makes his Broadway debut in the production as well. Directed by Sam Gold, the production is scheduled to begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre on October 2 in advance of an official October 30 opening.
The Real Thing, which won a Tony Award upon its Broadway premiere in 1984, follows Henry (McGregor), a playwright unhappily married to the leading actress in his play, which is about a collapsing marriage. When Henry begins an affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal), life begins to imitate art. When Annie leaves her own husband to start a new life with Henry, he must decide whether their love is real.
Gyllenhaal's film credits include Secretary (Golden Globe nomination), Sherrybaby (Golden Globe nomination), Trust the Man, World Trade Center, The Dark Knight, and Crazy Heart (Oscar nomination), among others. She has appeared off-Broadway in Classic Stage Company productions of Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, was featured in a Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Patrick Marber's Closer in 2000, and will come to MCC this June to star in a production of The Village Bike.
Additional casting for The Real Thing will be announced in the coming months.