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Richard Coyle   Lisa Dillon

The Real Thing

By Tom Stoppard

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20


I love love. I love having a lover and being one.

Henry is a brilliantly clever playwright with a masterful grasp of language and a lot on his mind. His choices for Desert Island Discs, for a start.

His actress wife, Charlotte, is appearing in his latest play alongside their friend Max, who’s also married to an actress called Annie. Charlotte’s not convinced the part does her justice and she’s not afraid of saying so. Annie, meanwhile, is campaigning to free Brodie, a soldier who’s recently been jailed for setting fire to a wreath on the cenotaph. And Brodie isn’t Annie’s only interest…

In Henry’s world everyone is seduced by somebody or something. For some of the time at least. But are these passions more than surface deep? Are they the real thing?

An hilarious and heartfelt exploration of love and fidelity, The Real Thing is considered one of Tom Stoppard’s finest plays. His other award-winning works include modern classics Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Arcadia.

Richard Coyle makes his Chichester debut as Henry. He recently starred in James Graham’s Ink (Almeida/West End), while his screen credits include CouplingCovert Affairs and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Lisa Dillon returns to play Annie, following her appearances in Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2016). Her recent theatre includes Blithe Spirit (West End).

Director Simon Evans’s theatre credits include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (West End), and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse).

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Cast & Creatives


  • Richard Coyle Please Credit Photographer Seamus Ryan Bw 1.

    Richard Coyle

  • Lisa Dillon Bw.

    Lisa Dillon


Creative team

Simon Evans


Grace Smart


Alex Baranowski

Music & Sound

Juliet Horsley

Casting Director

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Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£20£30
All other performances£28£39
Friends Festival Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
Friends : £2 off non-Saver tickets
Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
£5 Prologue Tickets available for 16-25 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
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All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Content and Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content for relevant productions below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that these may be updated nearer the time of each production as staging details are confirmed.

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The Real Thing
Language       Infrequent strong language
Nudity             None
Violence         None
Themes          Marital fidelity, adultery