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The Real Thing

By Tom Stoppard


Strand Theatre, London 22nd November 1984


Max
Alister Cameron
Charlotte
Caroline Hutchison
Henry
Michael Pennington
Annie
Lucy Gutteridge
Billy
Andrew Forbes
Debbie
Julia Tobin
Brodie
Martin Allan
Director
Peter Wood
Designer
Carl Toms
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...he gives a performance of marvellously varied vocal range as a successful playwright who, until almost the play’s end, cannot cope emotionally with the world of flesh-and-blood anything like as honestly as he can in his fictions.

-Punch


Michael Pennington, an actor of heroic power  with a particular talent for suggesting the wretchedness of weak people in the grip of high emotion, has taken over the role of Henry. He contains the character in a small repertoire of ironic, cool and studied gestures.

-The Guardian