The Man in the White Suit
The Man in the White Suit

The Man in the White Suit Tickets

Classic 1950s film The Man in the White Suit is set for a stage adaptation in London later this year, as the new play, adapted and directed by Sean Foley, receives its world premiere at the Wyndham’s Theatre in September 2019. Tickets for the play are now on sale.

Stephen Mangan will star in the play as textile worker Sidney Stratton, who discovers a revolutionary new material that is resistant to dirt or damage from wear. He makes a luminous suit out of the fabric, but factory owners and bigwigs are quick to try and suppress his invention for fear it will impact their businesses. Kara Tointon will play the role of Daphne Birnley in the play. 

The Man in the White Suit will run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 26th September to 11th January 2020, with tickets now on sale.

Written by John Dighton, Roger MacDougall, and director Alexander Mackendrick, the film was produced by the great classic film studio Ealing Studios, and was nominated for the best screenplay Oscar. The film starred Alex Guinness, Joan Greenwood, and Cecil Parker. You can watch the trailer of the film below.

Stephen Mangan returns to the stage after his last appearance in Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party, which ran at The Harold Pinter Theatre in 2018. His other stage performances include his Tony Award-nominated role in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, which opened at the Old Vic before transferring to Broadway.

He has also appeared in Joe Penhall’s play Birthday, the best comedy Olivier Award-winning Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, and Hay Fever at the Savoy.

Away from the stage, Mangan is known for appearing in the Channel 4 comedy series Green Wing alongside Tamsin Greig, who he then starred alongside with Matt LeBlanc in Episodes. He also provided the voice of the title character in the 2014 Postman Pat film.

Kara Tointon has recently appeared on stage as Olivia in Twelfth Night for the RSC, Bella Manningham in a UK touring production of Gaslight, and returns to the Wyndham's Theatre after she appeared in Relatively Speaking there. 

Her other West End credits include playing Evelyn in Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and Eliza in Pygmalion at the Garrick.

The Man in the White Suit tickets are available now.


2 videos
Stephen Mangan
as Sidney Stratton

until 11 Jan 2020

Sean Foley
Sean Foley
Songs by:
Charlie Fink and Phil Bateman
Mark Henderson
Ben and Max Ringham
Michael Taylor
Lizzi Gee
Michael Taylor
Cast list:
Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon, Sue Johnston, Richard Cordery, Richard Durden, Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy.
Other info:
Based on the play “The Flower Within the Bud” by Roger MacDougall and Screenplay by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton and Alexander Mackendrick.

Wyndham's Theatre

32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

The Man in the White Suit Customer reviews

Our The Man in the White Suit Review

Not so much firing on every cylinder as misfiring on them, this stage version of the 1951 Ealing comedy film The Man in the White Suit is like the intrepid inventor Sidney Stratton's early experiments in the show: there's always a missing ingredient and they don't quite work, leading to regular explosions. "I know exactly where I went wrong", he keeps saying. But the explosions are never matched by... Read more

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Director Sean Foley on adapting the classic comedy The Man in the White Suit
Friday, 26 July, 2019

Sean Foley is a very busy man right now. He takes over as artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre this summer, with his first season of work set to commence in the New Year. But before that, he has the small matter of a West End premiere.  He's directing his own adaptation of The Man in the White Suit, the classic Ealing Comedy which starred Alec Guinness as a budding physicist who develops a material that can not stain and never requires washing. The factory bigwigs love the idea, until they realise it means no one will ever need to replenish their wardrobes. 

Full casting joining Stephen Mangan in The Man in the White Suit announced
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Casting has been announced for the upcoming West End production of The Man in the White Suit, opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre directed by Sean Foley in September. Based on the classic Ealing Comedy, Stephen Mangan plays Sidney Stratton, a young physicist who invents a material that can never be stained. The previously joined Mangan is joined by Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston. The play, which has also been adapted by Foley, opens at the Theatre Royal Bath in September before opening at the Wyndham’s on 27th September.

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Sue Johnston to join cast of world premiere of The Man in the White Suit
Friday, 31 May, 2019

It has been announced that Sue Johnston will star in the world premiere of The Man in the White Suit at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Based on the 1951 film starring Alec Guinness, The Man in the White Suit follows Sidney Stratton, a textile worker who discovers an indestructible fabric by chance, causing fear amongst trade unions and manufacturers. As Daphne, a mill owner’s daughter supports him, Sidney and Daphne are left to navigate a world that’s falling apart at the seams.

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