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 from 27 September.
Good old fashioned British entertainment
What a treat. Stephen Mangan and the rest of the cast were brilliant in this comedy. Loved the clever sets and the thought of Stephen “ climbing “ down the mansion wall still makes laugh. Thank you to all.
I enjoyed the performance which was full of pace and relevant ideas for today's audience. The ideas from the film were brought into our lives now, with good humour and great performances from all of the cast. A great play !
The Man in the White Suit was fabulous and uplifting! Really well done, old-fashioned comedy, which also has nods to modern politics and how things will be in the future 'there won't ever be a phone without a cord!' Stephen Mangan & Kara Tointon were ace and i hadn't spotted Sue Johnston was in it til i saw her onstage - a nice surprise
Amazingly funny, brilliantly acted and a joy to watch. Would thoroughly recommend.
If you like a farce this is the show for you. It made me laugh out loud. The sets were innovative and added to the comedy of the play. I would definitely recommend
This is for you if you want some escapism. Yes, it's silly and not serious comedy - but it's fun. Everyone in the theatre seemed to really enjoyed it.
Great Show! Highly Recommended! Stephen Mangan does a great tribute to the role that Alec Guinness played so long ago!
The ever excellent and versatile Stephen Mangan sparkles as usual. Amazing versatility and physicality, he never disappoints. There were other excellent performances- notably Kara Tointon, Richard Cordery and Richard Durden. It was possibly a little bit too jokey, and with a huge amount of music, which was well done and fun, but sometimes out of place. There is a very dark undercurrent to the story and it could have been emphasised more.
Turns out there's something to be said for reading terrible reviews just before you see a show. The critics didn't think much of this on press night, but I quite liked it. Low expectations may have helped, as did learning what I thought was a musical is being billed as a farce - and I hate farces, so lower expectations still ... In fact this is jolly and good-natured fun, based on an Alec Guinness Ealing Comedy I've never seen. Stephen Mangan takes the lead, as the nerdy crackpot who invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. What is first deemed a miracle quickly becomes a threat, as the workers of the 1950s Lancashire mill town realise their livelihoods are at stake if no one ever needs more than one set of clothes. Cue much skriking in the local boozer and silly pitched battles between the proletariat and mill-owning capitalists, with breath-catching breaks provided by the local skiffle band ... Kara Tointon co-stars, channeling her inner Princess Margaret as the rich-man's-daughter-turned-love-interest. She's never slow to show off her skills as a former Strictly champion, in dance numbers that feel a mite shoehorned. But the real star of the show is the set design, which produces a moving sports car and impressive stately home out of nowhere, as well as abseiling escapees and miniature crowds chasing through a flat-plan town à la Captain Pugwash. My friend and I were baffled by the ushers waving No Photography Allowed signs - but with so much unexpected spectacle, perhaps they were justified. Either that, or Sue Johnson has it written into her contract to keep those images of her playing washboard in wrinkly tights off the Dark Web ... More reviews on @chrischalmersnovelist on Facebook
Great set, great comedy timing with slapstick and fab props. Yet despite this the production lacked pace at times and then sped up so fast you lost the story. Predictable laughs and odd musical interudes that didnt sit well. Sadly lacked the finesse of the origianal film.
We thoroughly enjoyed this show, everyone was fantastic. I haven't laughed out loud for ages it was so funny. Stephen Mangan was superb.
Pleasant afternoon’s entertainment...not an amazing piece of theatre but clever sets, lively music pieces and engaging cast made this the perfect birthday present for my 75 year old mum. Not sure it would have been worth the full price. We paid half.
Very enjoyable play, brilliantly acted .
Really enjoyed tonight's performance. So funny & excellent costume design for the suit! Loved it!
This play is fantastic. Brilliant acting, absolutely hilarious and makes you feel good. I urge you all to go and see it. I’m going again.
Brilliant, fabulous, perfect: I loved it. It wasn't even my type of play - I went because I admire Steve Mangam. I'm an overly critical theatre- goer and often leave at the interval but this was so slick, polished and funny that I was spellbound. I saw the play on the second night and the feeling I got from sitting in the audience was that everyone was enjoying themselves enormously. Thanks to everyone concerned in the production x
I'm a longtime fan of Sean Foley, but this is the worst thing he's ever done. The original film is sly and hilarious. This is heavy-handed, dumb and, except for the brief dance sequence, utterly unfunny. Stephen Mangan looks trapped. Kara Tointon is lovely and does her best to survive the material. Sue Johnston doesn't have much to do. Richard Cordery just shouts. Charlie Fink's unoriginal songs are just there to pad the slim proceedings. I realize it's an early preview, but I can't imagine, given the material, that this disaster can be salvaged.
A very entertaining and well executed extremely funny show for all the family.
Very funny and the set was amazing!
This really is a feel good show. Music, song, dance and above all laughs. Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon are so charismatic on stage and the rest of the cast are excellent. The set is amazing, so clever. We particularly enjoyed Stephen and Kara's "seduction" dance, although our hearts were in our mouths that one of them might fall off the platform! Only reason not giving 5 stars was I felt the story telling in the script was a bit weak in conveying Burnley's change of stance in the scene with Sir John.
Great night out
Totally enjoyed the play of The Man in the Whire Suit!!! The four stars was given just because attendees at the 7.30pm show had to wait for 20 mins before being allowed to be seated. In hindsight though a minor thing. Great evening out.
Fantastic show. Loved every minute and watched with big smiles on faces. The energy of the whole cast was amazing- especially Stephan Manghan. He was so brilliant and the role was made for him.
If you want a great evening out, go and see this. It was fantastic. I haven't laughed so much in ages.
Great performances from all, funny, topical(surprisingly) and just thoroughly enjoyable. The set was great with some really clever touches
Loved, loved, loved this show! Punchy, funny and upbeat with great songs. The actors were fabulous and the different set changes were great and a little different. Would recommend to anyone to go and see.
Unfortunately for me the show was cancelled, hopefully I will be able to book it again soon 😏
32 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA
Good To Know
Stephen Mangan will not be performing all performances 23 - 29 December 2019.
How Does It Work
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Where Do I Go
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Take an immediate left down Duncannon Street and then turn right up St Martins Place. Continue past the Garrick Theatre as the road turns into Charing Cross Road. The theatre is next to Leicester Square tube station.