Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon to star in The Man in the White Suit in the West End
The sci-fi comedy film, which starred Alec Guinness, tells the story of a textile worker Sidney Stratton who develops a fabric that never gets dirty or wears out. It sees Stratton rally against the establishment as authorities attempt to suppress his invention. Stratton will be played by Mangan, while Tointon will take on the role of Daphne Birnley.
Written by John Dighton, Roger MacDougall and director Alexander Mackendrick, the Ealing Studios film was nominated for an Academy Award for best writing (screenplay), and was voted the 58th greatest British film of all time by the BFI.
Stephen Mangan last appeared in the West End in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party alongside Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones, and has also appeared on stage in productions of The Norman Conquests, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Joe Penhall’s play Birthday, and the Olivier Award-winning Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.
Kara Tointon recently appeared on stage as Olivia in Twelfth Night for the RSC, and she returns to the Wyndham's Theatre after she appearing in Relatively Speaking there. Her other West End credits include Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and Pygmalion at the Garrick.
Further casting for the production is yet to be announced.
The Man in the White Suit tickets are available now.
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