‘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).
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.
Foley’s production will feature a cast of fourteen including actor musicians and a specially written score. Set and costume design is by Michael Taylor.
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 6th to 21 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.