Gregory's Girl's John Gordon Sinclair (pictured) will star in a new UK tour of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. Once again directed by Alan Strachan, who last autumn directed Neil Pearson in the multi award-winning 1982 comedy for a Bristol Old Vic tour, the production opens at Plymouth Theatre Royal on 15 May and then tours to eight further venues until 20 July 2002.

Gordon Sinclair plays Henry, the smartest, sharpest and most wickedly witty playwright of his generation. But writing about betrayal is one thing - living with it is another. When Henry starts to blur the boundaries of life and art, his relationships with the women in his life get rather sticky.

Best known as the gawky Scottish teen from the hit 1981 film Gregory's Girl, Gordon Sinclair has continued to appear regularly on stage, film and television. His theatre credits include Kafka's Dick (Piccadilly), Burning Issues (Hampstead) and She Loves Me (Savoy), for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His other screen credits include Local Hero, My Summer with Des and the 1999 follow up to his big hit, Gregory's Two Girls.

Gordon Sinclair is joined in the cast of The Real Thing by Suzan Sylvester, Liz Crowther, Michael Lumsden, Christopher Mills, Sebastian Mitchinson and Kelly Waters. The production is designed by Kit Surrey, with lighting by.

Stoppard's play was originally seen in London in 1982, directed by Peter Wood and starring Felicity Kendall. It reached Broadway in 1984, featuring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, winning a number of Tony awards. In 1999/2000, the play was revived in the West End to great acclaim, first at the Donmar Warehouse, then transferring to the Albery. That David Leveaux-directed revival, which starred Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle, was nominated for four Oliviers. Dillane and Ehle also won Tony awards for their roles when the show reached Broadway.

Following Plymouth, the Gordon Sinclair-headed production will visit Guildford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Bradford, Cheltenham, Norwich and Nottingham.

- by Terri Paddock