Theatre production based on Oscar-winning film to visit Bath
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 January 2019
A theatrical adaptation of the 1988 film Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, will be staged in Bath later this month.
The play, which stars Hollyoaks’ Chris Fountain as self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt, will visit the Theatre Royal in Westgate Street from Tuesday to January 19.
When his multi-millionaire father passes away, the only thing standing between Charlie and his coveted fortune is his long-lost brother Raymond, who stands to inherit half of the money.
Raymond, an autistic savant who can perform astronomically-complicated calculations in his head in a matter of seconds, is played by EastEnders’ alumni Paul Nicholls,
After breaking Raymond out of the institution where he has spent most of his life, Charlie decides to put his brother’s gifts to use by counting cards in casinos across the USA, while plotting to rip Raymond off.
However, the brothers quickly strike up a poignant relationship, which begins to unearth hidden truths which Charlie had long-since forgotten.
Rain Main is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, whose credits include This House and Hair, which garnered him a highly-prestigious WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.
Fountain, who leads the cast, is perhaps most famous for nine-year stint as Justin Bourton on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
Leaving the programme in 2009, Justin has since performed in Casualty, Coronation Street and ITV’s Girlfriends.
Nicholls enjoyed a short run on the UK’s most famous soap in the late 1990s playing David Wicks’ troubled son Joe.
Since then, Paul has gone onto perform in a string of high-profile films and television shows, including roles in Grantchester, Holby City and Briget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.
Elizabeth Carter and Dominic Taylor complete the cast, playing Charlie’s girlfriend Susanna and Raymond’s psychiatrist Dr Bruner respectively.
Rain Man will be at the Theatre Royal in Raleigh Street each night at 7.30pm.
There will also be matinee performances on January 16, 17 and 19 at 2.30pm.
Tickets, priced £20.50-£36.50, can be booked online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk or on 01225 448844.