Casting is now complete for the inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production of Rain Man, based on the MGM film, which will begin performances August 20 prior to an official opening August 28 at the Windsor Theatre Royal before embarking on a U.K. tour to Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Southend, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Brighton, Guildford, Leeds, Richmond, Derby, and Northampton.
As previously announced, Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show) will star as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall) as Charlie Babbit.
The two actors will be joined by Mairi Barclay (Pippin), Hannah Barker, Elizabeth Carter (Dreamboats and Petticoats), Adam Lilley (The 39 Steps), Neil Roberts (Mamma Mia!), and Joe Sellman Leava (Monster).
Written by Dan Gordon and directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, the drama concerns self-centered salesman Charlie Babbitt, who, upon discovering that his long-lost brother Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers, has inherited the family fortune, sets out to get his half.
The Oscar-winning film, featuring a story by Barry Morrow and a screenplay by Ronald Bass and Morrow, starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture.
The forthcoming tour will also have designs by Morgan Large, lighting by Jack Weir, and sound by Dan Samson.
Rain Man follows previous Bill Kenwright productions of films to the stage, such as A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, and Twelve Angry Men. The tour is produced by special arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.