Well, at least you know what you might be doing next Halloween. Movie star, erstwhile Jedi, and generally hunky Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut next year in a new production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play The Real Thing.
McGregor will play Henry, a not-so-happily married playwright whose real-life romantic woes mirror his play – about a marriage teetering on collapse – which happens to star his actress wife. This is the second Broadway revival of Stoppard’s 1984 play, which won Tony Awards for its stars Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, and Christine Baranski.
The Roundabout Theatre Company mounting (helmed by red-hot rising director Sam Gold, the great mind behind the Public Theater’s acclaimed Fun Home) will hit the American Airlines Theatre for a limited engagement next October. Previews begin on Oct. 2, 2014, with opening night on Oct. 30 and a scheduled end date on Jan. 4, 2015.
The role will be the Broadway debut for McGregor, who flexed his theater chops at London’s Donmar Warehouse in Othello and Guys and Dolls, and will star in the upcoming screen adaptation of another Tony-winning Best Play, August: Osage County. (Another interesting, albeit grossly unrelated, McGregor theater fact: The actor is technically being represented on Broadway right now with the stage musical adaptation of his 2003 Tim Burton collab Big Fish.)
It’s also the second major casting coup for Roundabout this season. The theater company – known for reviving beloved and little-known plays and musicals – landed Michelle Williams for its upcoming revival of Cabaret in the spring.