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Sue Johnston joins cast of The Man in the White Suit

Sue Johnston

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SUE Johnston will join the previously announced Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon in Sean Foley’s stage adaptation of the classic Ealing Studios comedy, The Man in the White Suit.

The British Comedy Award-winning actress will play ‘Mrs Watson’ for a strictly limited engagement – from September 5 for three weeks at Theatre Royal Bath prior to nine weeks at the Wyndham’s Theatre from September 26, 2019.

The world premiere production will then continue its engagement in the West End until January 11, 2020 with further casting to be announced.

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.

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

BAFTA nominated and OBE Sue Johnston, one of Britain’s best loved actresses, is about to start shooting new comedy The Cockfields. Last year, she joined the stellar ensemble cast of Hold the Sunset for the BBC opposite Alison Steadman and John Cleese and UK Gold’s Death on the Tyne, the hilarious follow up to Murder on the Blackpool Express from Ed Bye with Jonny Vegas and Sian Gibson.

Her other recent television and film credits include: leading role of Ivy-Rae in new BBC family drama from Debbie Horsfield and Mainstreet Pictures Age Before Beauty; FOX feature Walk Like a Panther alongside Stephen Graham and Dave Johns; Jack Thorne’s latest drama Kiri for Channel 4 opposite Sarah Lancashire; series two of Good Karma Hospital for ITV and the leading role in Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning Moving On.

Johnston rose to fame in 1982 playing Sheila Grant in the well loved 90’s soap opera Brookside and from her humble beginnings has gone on to become a household name, playing many iconic roles on British TV and in films.

Johnston is perhaps best known for her roles in The Royale Family, where she reunited with her former Brookside co-star Ricky Tomlinson to play the lovable Barbara Royle; Dr Grace Foley in the Emmy award-winning BBC series Waking the Dead, in which she stars alongside Trevor Eve; and of course, the title role of Eileen in the BBCs heart-warming comedy-drama Being Eileen.

In more recent years, she played Miss Denker throughout the last few series of ITV’s hugely successful and award-winning Downton Abbey, for which she won a SAG award with the cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She also returned to her Northern roots as Gloria in Coronation Street.

Other credits include: Rovers, Sex, Chips & Rock N’ Roll, Goodbye Cruel World, My Uncle Silas, Brassed Off, Little Dorrit, A Passionate Woman, Sugartown and Jam & Jerusalem.

Aside from her extensive work on screen, Johnston is also an accomplished theatre actress. Her credits include Peter Gill’s Small Change at the Donmar Warehouse, The Master Builder in the West End directed by Anthony Paige, and Kenneth Branagh’s The Play What I Wrote at Wyndham’s Theatre. She has also played seasons at Manchester Royal Exchange, Bolton Octagon and the Bush Theatre.

Johnston was appointed OBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Drama and to Charity.

Adapted and directed by Sean Foley, The Man in the White Suit has set and costume design by Michael Taylor.

Based on the play The Flower Within the Bud by Roger MacDougall and Screenplay by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton and Alexander Mackendrick, The Man in the White Suit is presented by Jenny King, Jonathan Church, Matthew Gale and Mark Goucher, by special arrangement with STUDIOCANAL.

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