Round-up of The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre
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Exploding into the West End with a bang, a 20th-century British comedy film is given the theatrical treatment as The Man in the White Suit comes to the West End. Based on the 1950s movie starring Alec Guinness, see how a plucky, well-educated inventor named Sidney Stratton experiments to find an indestructible material with entertaining consequences. Now we’ve stepped into the scientific laboratories at The Man in the White Suit in London for ourselves, check out our complete guide to one of the West End’s newest plays and why we think you need to book your tickets to this entertaining production with a traditional British heart.
All about The Man in the White Suit
What happens in The Man in the White Suit?
As the curtain rises at The Man in the White Suit, audiences meet Sidney Stratton, a young research chemist whose working hard to develop a strong fibre that resists everything – water, dust, you name it! Fired from one job, he’s later recruited by Birnley Mill, with a successful experiment leading him to make a white suit out of the newly-found material. Yet, his discovery isn’t met with a warm reception and it’s just the millowner’s daughter Daphne who sees Sidney’s potential. As the man in the white suit continues to work hard, will his genius be used for good, or will the ‘perfect’ suit have its problems after all?
Is The Man in the White Suit based on a true story?
The Man in the White Suit is based on a 1951 film of the same name, made by British film giants Ealing Studios, whose catalogue of satirical comedies include The Ladykillers and Shaun of the Dead. The movie and the play share a similar storyline; an individual seeking to make great change by going against those at the top of a business to improve the lives of those around him.
However, the stage production of The Man in the White Suit has been adapted and directed by Sean Foley, with previous directorial credits including the current revival of Noises Off and The Play What I Wrote.
There’s also music in the show!
While The Man in the White Suit might be based on the 1951 Ealing comedy, audience members can also look forward to listening to original songs written for the production. Music for The Man in the White Suit is written by Charlie Fink, the lead singer for British band Noah and the Whale.
This is not the first time that Fink has lent his musical talents to the theatre, previously writing music for As You Like It at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and The Lorax at the Old Vic.
Although an official soundtrack for The Man in the White Suit hasn’t been released, why not take a listen to one of the songs from the show here!
EXCLUSIVE: first listen to ‘Chemistry’, one of the original songs written for #ManInTheWhiteSuit by Charlie Fink (@noahandthewhale)! Performances begin TOMORROW ➡️ https://t.co/TzLOLCXsXu pic.twitter.com/kDOagP3s1B
— The Man In The White Suit (@whitesuitcomedy) September 26, 2019
Who is starring in The Man in the White Suit?
Stephen Mangan leads the cast as Sidney Stratton, in the film role made famous by Alec Guinness. Best known as one of Britain’s leading comedians, he’s appeared in a number of West End productions including the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense in 2014 as Wooster and a 2018 revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, starring Zoe Wanamaker. He’s also made his Broadway debut in a production of The Norman Conquests.
Kara Tointon stars alongside Mangan as Daphne Birnley, returning to the West End after appearing in Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre and Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre. They’re joined by television and stage star Sue Johnston as Mrs. Watson.
Sue Johnston will be appearing in The Man in the White Suit until 23rd November 2019.
The cast of The Man in the White Suit is completed by Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Richard Cordery, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Richard Durden, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy.
Why should you see The Man in the White Suit?
With a comic masterclass performance by Stephen Mangan as the eccentric scientist as well as the on-stage chemistry between characters shining throughout, The Man in the White Suit stands out as a contemporary British play with the heart of generations gone by. A mix between the 1950s film and present-day theatrical influences has created a play with equal measures of laugh-out-loud moments and heartfelt scenes; you’ll be gripped to every word! With social commentary that resonates to today, original music and an outstanding set by Michael Taylor capturing the essence of 1950s Britain, you’ll wish you could leave the theatre in your own indestructible suit!