Mathew Horne and Ed Speleers announced for RAIN MAN by Dan Gordon
Bill Kenwright presents the inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of RAIN MAN. Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show) stars as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) as Charlie Babbit. RAIN MAN opens at Windsor Theatre Royal on 21 August, 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.
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 most recent West End stage credit was The Miseropposite Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack. 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 fantasyblockbusterEragon, since then he has starred in many films and TV series and has just been announced as joining the cast of Outlander.
TWO BROTHERS. ONE DESTINY.
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…
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.
Mathew Horne’s 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).
Mathew’s screen credits include Are You Being Served? (BBC), Agatha Raisin (Mammoth Screen for Sky), Bad Education (Tigers Aspect), Drunk History (Tiger Aspect), Nan (Tiger Aspect), Sky Arts Presents: Hey Diddly Dee (Sky), Death in Paradise (Red Planet Pictures), Sinbad (Sky1), Soun
Ed Speleers’sscreen credits include Outlander (Starz), Wol
Ed will be making his stage debut in Rain Man.
Jonathan O’Boyle trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Birkbeck, University of London. He was previously Trainee Associate Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and Associate Director at Theatre503.
Future projects include: Peter Pan (Park Theatre); Aspects of Love (Hope Mill Theatre).
Credits include: Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios); This House (UK Tour Director for Headlong Theatre); Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/Southwark Playhouse. 11 Off-West End Award nominations); Dear Brutus (Southwark Playhouse); Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults. WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production); Four Play, Sense of an Ending, Water Under the Board (Theatre503); Bash Latterday Plays (Trafalgar Studios/Old Red Lion); The Surplus, All The Ways To Say Goodbye (Young Vic); The Verb, ‘To Love’, Made in Britain (Old Red Lion); Broken Glass (Central School of Speech and Drama); Last Online Today, Guinea Pigs (Crucible New Writers’ Project, Sheffield Crucible Studio); The Monster Bride (Tristan Bates Theatre).
Associate Director Credits include: An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre); This House (Chichester Festival Theatre/Garrick Theatre); The Judas Kiss (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto/Brooklyn Academy of Music); Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour); Bull (Young Vic); This Is My Family (Sheffield Lyceum/UK Tour). Assistant Director credits include: The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic).
Jonathan was selected as one of the Guardian’s Rising Stage Stars of 2014.