Bill Kenwright’s inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of Dan Gordon’s Rain Man will star Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show) as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) as Charlie Babbit.
Jonathan O’Boyle directs the production which opens at Windsor Theatre Royal on 21 August 2018, before embarking on a UK tour to Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Southend, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford, Leeds, Richmond, Derby and Northampton. Further dates and casting to be announced in due course.
When self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt 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…
The play is inspired by the heart-warming Oscar-winning 1988 film which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor. Also in the creative team are designer Morgan Large, light designer Jack Weir and sound designer Dan Samson.
Mathew Horne is best known for playing Gavin in the much-loved, double BAFTA-winning comedy series Gavin and Stacey, as well as the BBC series The Catherine Tate Show and Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education. His stage credits include The Miser (Garrick Theatre), The Catherine Tate Show Live (UK Tour), The Pride (Trafalgar Studios), Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Trafalgar Studios) and Blue Remembered Hills (Courtyard Theatre).
Ed Speleers starred as Jimmy Kent in the Golden Globe award-winning series Downton Abbey. His breakthrough came after landing the lead role in the fantasy blockbuster Eragon, since then he has starred in many films and TV series and has just been announced as joining the cast of Outlander. Speleers will be making his stage debut in Rain Man.
Director Jonathan O’Boyle’s credits include Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), This House (UK Tour); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults).