Bill Kenwright will present the first Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of Rain Man, touring the UK from the 21st August.
Based on the Oscar winning film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, this new stage production will be directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, whose recent credits include Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), This House (UK Tour); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse) and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults).
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 touring production is set to star Matt Horne Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers as Charlie Babbit.
Matt Horne is best known for his role in the popular 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 Pride (Trafalgar Studios), Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Trafalgar Studios) and Blue Remembered Hills (Courtyard Theatre).
Meanwhile, Ed Speleers has appeared on screen in Outlander (Starz), Wolf Hall (BBC), Downton Abbey (ITV) and Beowulf (ITV). He will be making his stage debut in the production.
The tour will open at Windsor Theatre Royal on the 21st August before touring to Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Richmond, Southend, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford, Leeds, Derby and finishing on the 24th November at Northampton.
The production will feature designs by Morgan Large, lighting by Jack Weir and sound by Dan Samson.