Iconic movie Rain Man is brought to life on stage

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The inaugural stage adaptation of the movie Rain Man comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November, with Mathew Horne starring as Raymond Babbit opposite Ed Speleers as Charlie Babbit.

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. His most recent West End stage credit was The Miser opposite 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 fantasy block buster Eragon.

Rain Man is the tale of two brothers, one destiny. When self-centred 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 bythe 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 Manfollows previous acclaimed Bill Kenwright stage productions of films such as A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemptionand Twelve Angry Men.

The production, written by Dan Gordon, is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle whose credits include This House (UK tour)and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults), winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.

The cast is completed 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).

Rain Man takes to the Derngate stage from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November, at 7.30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets – priced from £11* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.

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