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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
RAIN MAN
at the Apollo

A FABULOUS MIND
By JOHN NATHAN
Published July 8 2008


Hollywood actor Josh Harnett is to make his West End debut in the world premier stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie Rain Man.

Hartnett will play Charlie Babbitt, the role made famous by Tom Cruise in the original movie. British actor Adam Godley takes on the role of Charlie's autistic brother Raymond, originally played by Dustin Hoffman.

David Grindley's production, which will reset the the 1988 movie in the present day, begins performances at the Apollo Theatre on Aug. 28.

The show is presented in London by producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer in association with MGM On Stage, the organization set up by Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber to develop stage version of films.

In a statement Hartnett said It has always been my intent to work on the London stage. While I've had many opportunities it was only when I read the complex and charismatic character of Charlie Babbitt that I knew the time was right. I feel very fortunate to make my London bow with such an esteemed producer and director and I'm also looking forward to working with Adam Godley, who is such an extraordinary talent. Can't wait to live and work in London a city I adore!&rdquo

Hartnett's screen roles include Pear Harbor, , Black Hawk Down and Virgin Suicides. Godley's stage credits include Paul, The Pillowman and Two Thousand Years. Grindley's recent West End productions include Some Girl(s) starring David Schwimmer and Honour with Diana Rigg.

 


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