About The Show

Join an incredible cast, including Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Jeeves and Wooster), Kara Tointon (Eastenders, Pygmalion) and Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Downton Abbey) for the World Premiere of the hilarious, classic Ealing comedy, The Man in the White Suit this autumn.

Adapted and directed by the double Olivier award-winning Sean Foley, this 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 Lizzie 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, The Man in the White Suit bursts on to the London stage for a strictly limited season.

Stephen Mangan’s many stage appearances include The Birthday Party, Jeeves and Wooster and The Norman Conquests, for which he received a Tony nomination. His many screen credits include the lead as Sean in Episodes for the BBC, and for the BAFTA-winning Green Wing.

Sean Foley’s many productions include most recently in the West End, The Dresser, The Miser and The Painkiller.  He is a double Olivier award-winner and has recently appointed as the next Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep. For The Man in the White Suit, he joins forces with Designer Michael Taylor, with whom he also created The Ladykillers.

Kara Tointon’s stage credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night for the RSC, Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, and Absent Friends, and as Eliza in Pygmalion.

Sue Johnston’s stage credits include Peter Gill’s Small Change at the Donmar Warehouse, The Master Builder in the West End and Kenneth Branagh’s The Play What I Wrote at Wyndham’s Theatre. Her screen credits include playing Barbara Royle in The Royle Family and Dr Grace Foley in Waking the Dead.