The Mentalists written by Richard Bean and directed by Abbey Wright
- BAFTA WINNER STEPHEN MERCHANT MAKES THEATRICAL AND WEST END DEBUT ALONGSIDE STEFFAN RHODRI
- RICHARD BEAN, AWARD WINNING WRITER OF ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS AND GREAT BRITAIN, HAS WEST END PREMIERE FOR COMIC TWO HANDER THE MENTALISTS
- PRODUCTION WILL PLAY AT WYNDHAM’S THEATRE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON FROM FRIDAY 3 JULY TO SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
- TICKETS GO ON GENERAL SALE FROM FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY
BAFTA Award-winning writer, comedian and actor Stephen Merchant will make his West End debut in a new production of Richard Bean’s comic two-hander The Mentalists. Steffan Rhodri will join Merchant in a return to the West End when the production, Directed by Abbey Wright, runs for a strictly limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Friday 3 July to 26 September. Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 February.
Holed up in a faceless Finsbury Park hotel room Ted (Stephen Merchant), and Morrie (Steffan Rhodri) are forced to confront the darker side of their unique relationship. Things unravel as the pressure mounts in this hilarious and touching tale of friendship and utopian visions gone awry.
Well-known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, including popular television shows The Office, Extras, Life’s Too Short and An Idiot Abroad, Stephen Merchant recently starred in Dan Mazer’s hit British comedy film I Give It A Year alongside Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall. Merchant wrote, directed and performed Hello Ladies, an international stand-up comedy tour which he went on to re-create as a television series for HBO including HBO special Hello Ladies – The Movie. In a career that has seen Merchant accept four BAFTA awards, four British Comedy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his television work, The Mentalists will mark both his theatrical and West End debut.
Steffan Rhodri was last seen in the West End in Laura Wade’s Posh and Alan Ayckborn’s Absent Friends, both in 2012. On television, Rhodri became a household name portraying Dave Coaches in Gavin & Stacey for three years between 2007 and 2010. More recent television credits include Under Milk Wood for the BBC and Channel 4’s Cucumber.
Since writing The Mentalists, originally part of the Transformation season in 2002 at the National Theatre, Richard Bean has gone on to score West End successes with One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain, both directed by Nicholas Hytner. Most recently, Bean wrote the book for Made In Dagenham, which premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in 2014, starring Gemma Arterton and directed by Rupert Goold.
Stephen Merchant says: “I’m going to be in a West End play. A hilarious, darkly poignant Richard Bean play no less. Come and see me and Steffan Rhodri doing proper acting in The Mentalists this summer.”
Richard Bean says: “The central concerns of the play are even more relevant in an election year than when I wrote it. Factors like the perceived decline of social values & how this can result in the rise of fringe parties and a very personal view of politics fascinate me; but the real humour of the piece comes from Ted & Morrie’s friendship, their reliance on each other & how they deal with their frustrations as working men battling against the world.”
Directed by Abbey Wright, The Mentalists will feature Scenic Design by Richard Kent, Lighting Design by David Plater, and Casting by Anne Vosser.
The Mentalists is produced by Old Vic Productions, Smith & Brant Theatricals and Steven Harris in association with Jimmy Jewell Ltd.
Booking from 3rd July 2015
Booking to 26th September 2015