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Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon to star in The Man in the White Suit in Bath and the W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEAN Foley’s stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy, The Man in the White Suit, will play a three week season at Theatre Royal Bath, prior to receiving its world premiere at Wyndhams Theatre, where it will run from October 8, 2019 (previews from September 26) to January 11, 2020.

The 1951 iconic Ealing comedy starred Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Screenplay).

When Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan), develops 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 (Kara Tointon), the mill owner’s daughter, shows Stratton any sympathy as his world gradually falls apart before he finally finds love and a new idea.

This world premiere production will reunite Stephen Mangan and Sean Foley who created the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster together. Foley also teams up again with Michael Taylor with whom he created the five times Olivier Award nominated The Ladykillers. Foley’s production will feature a cast of fourteen including actor musicians and a specially written score.

Stephen Mangan began his acting career in the theatre. In 2008, he played the title role in The Norman Conquests at The Old Vic and subsequently on Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony Award and the play won Best Revival. Other theatre credits include Birthday and The People Are Friendly (Royal Court Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster (Duke of York’s Theatre), Hayfever (Savoy Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Rules For Living (National Theatre).

Mangan’s extensive television credits include playing the lead role of Sean Lincoln in the comedy series Episodes, opposite Tamsin Greig and Matt LeBlanc, with Season 5 due for release this year. This year, he can also be seen starring in the new comedy series Bliss for Sky Atlantic. Previous TV credits include the BAFTA-winning British sitcom Green Wing, Free Agents, Dirk Gently, in which he played the title role, and Houdini & Doyle.

Mangan’s film credits include Billy Elliot, Birthday, Postman Pat: The Movie (Voice), Rush, Beyond The Pole, Confetti and Festival.

Kara Tointon’s stage appearances include: Olivia in Twelfth Night (RSC); 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). Her film work includes appearances in Let’s Be Evil, The Last Passenger, The Sweeney, Warrior Queen, Never Play With The Dead, The Football Factory and Just My Luck.

On television, Tointon has appeared in The Keith and Paddy Picture Show, Henry IX, The Halcyon, The Sound of Music Live, Mr Selfridge, Suntrap, Lewis, Bedlam, The Bill, Dream Team, Keen Eddie , Harry and Cosh and EastEnders.

Sean Foley is a double Olivier Award winner for plays he co-wrote and starred in: Do You Come Here Often? (Vaudeville – Winner, Best Entertainment) and The Play What I Wrote (Wyndhams – 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 Award nominations when it was presented at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in 2003.

The Man in the White Suit runs at Theatre Royal Bath from September 5 to September 21, 2019.