Signed Original Drawing By Playwright Tom Stoppard of his Play The Real Thing

  • Tom Stoppard Drawing.

Tom Stoppard Drawing.


Item Number: 40096

Original drawing by playwright Tom Stoppard titled $500.00. “$500 dog-walker, $500 milkman, $500 deli, $500 + $500 + $500 Brook Bros., $500 Doorman, Jeremy Irons (with a drawing of two irons labeled Jeremy), Another Five Hundred Dollar Doodle by Tom Stoppard.”  The drawing corresponds to one of Stoppard’s later plays, The Real Thing, first performed in 1982. The Broadway production starred well-known actress Glen Close and actor Jeremy Irons. Known for his use of playful language in addressing philosophical concepts, Stoppard’s later works sought greater emotional and interpersonal depths, as is also apparent in this lighthearted and intentionally naive portrayal of a scene typical of children’s art. Rare and desirable with an original drawing. The drawing measures 8.5 inches by 8 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 14.25 inches.

The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard that was first performed in 1982. It examines the nature of honesty and uses various constructs, including a play within a play, to explore the theme of reality versus appearance. Glenn Close played Annie and Jeremy Irons played Henry in the Broadway production. Close and Irons both won Tonys for their roles, as did Christine Baranski for her featured performance as Charlotte. Supporting players during the play's run on Broadway included Peter Gallagher, Simon Jones, D.W. Moffett, Steven Weber, Cynthia Nixon, and Yeardley Smith. In his review for The New York Times, Frank Rich wrote that "The Broadway version of The Real Thing – a substantial revision of the original London production – is not only Mr. Stoppard's most moving play, but also the most bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years."

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