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About The Man in the White Suit

Join an incredible cast, including Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Jeeves and Wooster), Kara Tointon (Eastenders, Pygmalion) and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey) in the brilliantly British madcap comedy, The Man In The White Suit, now playing for a strictly limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Adapted and directed by the double Olivier award-winning Sean Foley, this hilarious, fast-paced comedy tells the story of Sidney Stratton (Stephen Mangan) who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out! ‘

With textile manufacturers and trade unions up in arms what will become of our plucky hero and his controversial invention? Can Daphne (Kara Tointon) the mill owner’s daughter save him? Or will it be game over for THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT?

Featuring a cast of fourteen, original songs from Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale), dazzling choreography by Lizzi Gee, plus dizzying flying effects, epic bouts of clog-dancing, a spectacular set from Michael Taylor and scintillating sound effects and incidental music by Ben and Max Ringham.

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Fed up with his mundane life in 1950s Northern England, Sidney Stratton is down on his luck and realises that there’s a gap in the market for a fabric that is resilient to dirt or liquid. After many botched attempts, he discovers the perfect formula to create a synthetic material that never wears out. However, things start to get complicated when the factory management and trade unions realise the impact his actions could potentially have on them. When the factory owner’s daughter appears on the scene, he must figure out who he can trust

Following its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Bath in September 2019, “The Man in the White Suit” transfers to the Wyndham’s Theatre this autumn. With original songs by Charlie Fink and an epic set design by Michael Taylor, this comedy like no other.

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What To Watch For

  • The play is adapted from the 1951 satirical comedy film by Ealing Studios starring Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood.
  • Director Sean Foley and Stephen Mangan previously collaborated on the play, “Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense” in 2013.
  • Charlie Fink, the lead singer of British indie rock band “Noah and the Whale”, also wrote the music featured in the 2015 Old Vic stage adaptation of “The Lorax,” as well as the 2016 film “A Street Cat Named Bob.”
  • Kara Tointon won the BBC television competition, “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2010 and her dancing skills are put on full display in a sequence in “The Man in the White Suit.”

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Hugely Entertaining
Bath Echo
Packed with slapstick and delightful visual effects
Evening Standard
Plenty of theatrical ingenuity
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Wyndham's Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

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