‘When Sidney Stratton invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne, the mill owner’s daughter, shows Sidney any sympathy as his world gradually falls apart, as the bosses and workers chase the Man in the White Suit determined to destroy them both’.
Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon will star in the world premiere stage production of classic comedy ‘The Man in the White Suit’.
Adapted for the stage by Sean Foley, the production is based on the play ‘The Flower Within the Bud’ by Roger MacDougall, and the screenplay by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton and Alexander Mackendrick.
The production will play a limited season at Theatre Royal Bath, forming part of its 2019 Summer Season, prior to opening at Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
Stage, film, television and voice actor Stephen Mangan will star as Sidney Stratton. Stephen began his acting career in the theatre, and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in ‘The Norman Conquests’, which ran at the Old Vic before transferring to Broadway. His other thetare credits include ‘Birthday’ and ‘The People Are Friendly’ (Royal Court Theatre), ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ (Duke of York’s Theatre), ‘Hayfever’ (Savoy theatre), ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (RSC) and ‘Rules For Living’ (National Theatre). Stephen has an extensive list of television credits, which include the lead role of Sean Lincoln in the comedy series ‘Episodes’, in which he stars opposite Tamsin Greig and Matt LeBlanc. Further television credits include ‘Bliss’, ‘Hang Ups’, the BAFTA-winning British sitcom ‘green Wing’, ‘Free Agents’, ‘Dirk Gently’, and ‘Houdini and Doyle’. Film credits include ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’ (Voice), ‘Rush’, ‘Beyond The Pole’, ‘Confetti’ and ‘Festival’.
Kara Tointon stars as Daphne Birnley. Tointon, well-known for her role in ITV drama ‘Mr Selfridge’, has further television credits in ‘The Halcyon’, ‘The Sound of Music Live’, ‘Lewis’, ‘The Bill’, and ‘Eastenders’. Her film appearances include ‘The Last Passenger’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Warrior Queen’, ‘The Football Factory’ and ‘Just My Luck’. For the stage, Kara could most recently been seen in the role of Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’ for the RSC. Other stage roles include Bella Manningham in ‘Gaslight’ (UK Tour), Ginny in ‘Relatively Speaking’ (Wyndham’s Theatre), Evelyn in ‘Absent Friends’ (Harold Pinter Theatre) and Eliza in ‘Pygmalion’ (Garrick Theatre).
British Comedy Award-winning actress Sue Johnston OBE (The Royle Family, Brookside, Downton Abbey, Coronation Street) will join the cast for a strictly limited engagement, playing ‘Mrs Watson’ from 5th September for three weeks at Theatre Royal Bath prior to nine weeks at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 26th September. The world premiere production will then continue its engagement in the West End until 11th January 2020, with further casting to be announced.
They will be joined by Richard Cordery as Birnley, Richard Durden as Sir John, with Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy.
This world premiere production reunites actor Stephen Mangan and director Sean Foley, who created the Olivier Award winning comedy ‘Jeeves and Wooster‘ together. Foley also teams up again with designer Michael Taylor, with whom he created the five times Olivier Award nominated ‘The Ladykillers’.
Sean Foley is a British actor, writer and director. He was recently appointed as the next Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Foley is a double Olivier Award winner for two plays he co-wrote and starred in – ‘Do You Come Here Often?’ (Vaudeville Theatre – Winner, Best Entertainment), and ‘The Play What I Wrote‘ (Wyndham’s Theatre – Winner Best New Comedy), directed by Kenneth Branagh. He also received a further Olivier nomination for Best Actor for ‘The Play What I Wrote‘ and the show received Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards nominations when it was presented at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in 2003.
He directed the Olivier Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense‘, (Duke of York’s: starring Stephen Mangan and Matthew MacFadyen); and ‘The Ladykillers‘ (The Gielgud: starring Peter Capaldi – five Olivier nominations including Best Director and Best New Play); directed and co-adapted ‘The Miser‘, (Garrick: starring Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack – Olivier nomination Best New Comedy); wrote and directed ‘Arturo Brachetti: Change‘ (Garrick: Olivier nomination Best Entertainment); co-wrote and starred in ‘Ducktastic‘ (Albery: Olivier nomination Best Entertainment); directed and co-adapted ‘A Mad World My Masters’ for the RSC (Swan and Barbican); and adapted and directed ‘The Painkiller‘ (Garrick: starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon).
Foley’s production will feature a cast of fourteen including actor musicians and a specially written score by Charlie Fink, known for fronting indie-folk band ‘Noah and the Whale’, as well as being a composer for theatre and film including ‘The Lorax‘ (Old Vic) and ‘A Street Cat Named Bob‘.
Set and costume design is by Michael Taylor, choreography will be by Lizzi Gee, lighting by the Tony Award-winning Mark Henderson, sound by brothers Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, fights directed by Alison De Burgh and songs arranged by Phil Bateman.
The production is presented by Jenny King, Jonathan Church, Matthew Gale and Mark Goucher, by special arrangement with Studio Canal.
‘The Man in the White Suit’ will run at Theatre Royal Bath from 5th to 21st September 2019.
It will then run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 25th September 2019 to 11th January 2020. Stephen Mangan will not be appearing w/c 23rd December.