Ewan McGregor to star on Broadway

Posted Nov 1, 2013 by Tim Sandle
Ewan McGregor is to make his Broadway debut in 2014. This will be in a revival of Sir Tom Stoppard's 1982 play 'The Real Thing.'
Ewan McGregor in  The Ghost Writer
Ewan McGregor in 'The Ghost Writer'
Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art-house films. His work includes the heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting (1996), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), and as the poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001). The movie star is now following in the footsteps of several other celluloid actors in tramping the boards of Broadway.
McGregor will play the part of will play Henry, a playwright whose marriage comes under strain after he embarks on an affair, in the play The Real Thing. The production will run from October 2, 2014 to January, 4 2015, according to the BBC.
The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard. The play focuses on the relationship between Henry and Annie, an actress who is part of a committee to free Brodie, a Scottish soldier imprisoned for burning a memorial wreath during a protest.
A recent U.K. review of the play explained the long-running appeal as: "Through Stoppard's characteristically witty and pointed dialogue, the play muses on what constitutes the "real thing" in love, in art, in expression. Building a play around an insufferable character is a bit of a risk, but Stoppard compensates by making Henry bright and amusing as well as maddening. After all, he is struggling to understand why others are always asking what's wrong with him, what's missing."
According to Deadline, McGregor will squeeze the play between film roles. McGregor recently wrapped production on Jane’s Got A Gun and is now filming Mortdecai opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow.