Following its first year touring the UK, it has been confirmed that Rain Man the inaugural production of Bill Kenwright’s Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company, will continue to tour into 2019.
The next part of the UK tour will open at the Theatre Royal Bath from the 14th January 2019, with new star casting in the form of Paul Nicholls as Raymond Babbit and Chris Fountain as Charlie Babbitt.
Paul Nicholls is best known for playing Joe Wicks in Eastenders from 1996 until 1997. He has also appeared in acclaimed dramas such as Channel 4’s hit drama Ackley Bridge, The C Word for the BBC and ITV’s Law and Order. His film work includes Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, If Only and The Trench. Previous theatre work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Jessica Lange (Lyric Theatre), Vincent in Brixton (National Theatre), Billy Liar (Bush Theatre) and The Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour).
Chris Fountain won Best Actor in the 2008 British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Justin Burton in Hollyoaks. He played Tommy Duckworth for 2 years in Coronation Street and has also starred in Dancing On Ice and most recently the ITV drama, Girlfriends. In 2016 he made his stage debut as Guy in the award-winning production of The Full Monty UK Tour.
The stage production is inspired by the Oscar-winning film which starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and won Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor.
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…
After its run at the Theatre Royal Bath, the production will then tour to Woking, Barnstaple, Malvern, Crawley, Darlington, Clwyd, Southampton, Manchester, High Wycombe, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Weston-Super-Mare.
The production is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle whose credits include: A Guide for the Homesick (Trafalgar Studios), Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), This House (UK Tour); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse); and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults). It is designed by Morgan Large with lighting by Jack Weir and sound by Dan Samson.
For more information about the UK tour visit: http://www.kenwright.com/microsite/rain-man/