Rain Man, the inaugural production of Bill Kenwright’s Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company will visit Cardiff’s New Theatre in September as part of a UK tour.
Starring Gavin and Stacey’s Mathew Horne (Raymond) and Downtown Abbey’s Ed Speleers (Charlie), the pair will be joined by Mairi Barclay (Pippin), Hannah Barker, Elizabeth Carter (Dreamboats and Petticoats), Adam Lilley (The 39 Steps), Neil Roberts (Mamma Mia!) and Joe Sellman Leava (Monster).
Rain Man tells the story of self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt who when 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.
- Rain Man comes to Cardiff’s New Theatre from Sptember 10 – 15 visit newtheatrecardiff.co.uk for further details