Exploding into the West End, the world premiere of The Man in the White Suit brings mystery and intrigue to the Wyndham’s Theatre. Based on the 1951 film of the same name, see if a research chemist will stand out from the crowd with his dazzling white suit. Follow the bubbling, experimental sounds and step into the mind of Sidney Stratton at The Man in the White Suit.
Stephen Mangan plays Sidney Stratton, a role made famous in the film by Alec Guinness. Most recently, he appeared in a 2018 revival of The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre starring Zoe Wanamaker and Pearl Mackie.
In 2014, Mangan starred in the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense as Bertie Wooster, opposite Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves. He has also been nominated for a Tony Award for The Norman Conquests, which opened in London and later transferred to Broadway.
Kara Tointon plays Daphne Birnley in the production. Tointon recently played Olivia in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night, Eliza in Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre, and Evelyn in Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Sue Johnston stars as Mrs. Watson, previously starring in Coronation Street and The Royle Family.
The Man in the White Suit cast is completed by Richard Cordery, Richard Durden, Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy.
Sue Johnston will appear in the production to 23rd November.
Former university student turned young research chemist Sidney Stratton works as a labourer in the north of England. Developing a strong fibre, he makes a white suit out of the newly-found material. Repelling all dirt and staying bright white, the extraordinary suit has a unique radioactive quality. Both praised and scolded, Stratton eventually escapes from his job. But, will Stratton’s genius be used for good, or will the ‘perfect’ suit have its problems after all?
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