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Mathew Horne and Ed Speleers to star in Rain Man at Richmond Theatre and on tour

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BILL Kenwright is presenting the inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of Dan Gordon’s Rain Man.

Starring Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show) as Raymond Babbit and Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall), making his stage debut as Charlie Babbit, it runs at Richmond Theatre from November 5 to November 10, 2018, as part of a UK tour.

When self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that his long-lost brother Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers, has inherited the family fortune; he sets out to get ‘his half’.

Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life and the two brothers embark on a trip across America where Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined…

Inspired by the heart-warming Oscar-winning film, which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and won Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor, Rain Man follows previous acclaimed Bill Kenwright productions of films to the stage such as A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption and Twelve Angry Men.

The production will be directed by Jonathan O’Boyle whose credits include Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), This House (UK Tour); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults) winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.

Produced by special arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Rain Man will be designed by Morgan Large, with lighting by Jack Weir and sound by Dan Samson.

The tour opens at Windsor Theatre Royal on August 21, before continuing to Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Southend, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford, Leeds, Richmond, Derby and Northampton. Further dates and casting will be announced in due course.