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Withnail and I' artwork. The words 'Withnail and I' are scrawled in capitals with a blotchy dark brown fountain pen onto a white piece of paper. The paper is stained with both dried and wet red wine. There is a cork on the paper which says 'By Bruce Robinson. Directed by Sean Foley'. To the left of the title is the handwritten 'we've gone on holiday by mistake'.

Withnail and I Cast Announcement

“We want the finest actors available to humanity. We want them here and we want them now!”

We are delighted to announce today (18/03/24) the casting for the much anticipated stage adaptation of Withnail and I, based on the cult classic film of the same name, presented by Birmingham Rep, Handmade Films and George Waud for Groove International.

This stage adaptation of what has been regarded as one of the finest British films ever made is written by its original creator, the legendary Bruce Robinson, and directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director, double Olivier award-winner, Sean Foley.

Hilarious, tragic, and wild, Withnail and I, is a comedy like no other that premieres here at the Birmingham Rep from Fri 3 May until Sat 25 May 2024.

The cast includes: Adonis Siddique as Marwood, Robert Sheehan as Withnail and Malcolm Sinclair as Uncle Monty. The full cast to be announced at a later date.

Written and adapted for the stage by Bruce Robinson himself, the writer and director of the original film, the show will bring to life some of the most iconic comic characters ever created. The film, based on Robinson‘s own unpublished novel, was produced by Handmade Films and starred Richard E Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths.

Sean Foley said: “Hilarious, tragic, and wild, Withnail and I, is a comedy like no other, and I’m thrilled to be working with the legendary Bruce Robinson to bring it to life on stage… In fact, where better for the extraordinarily funny tale of two unemployed actors who go on holiday, ‘by mistake’? Rightly regarded as one of the finest British film’s ever made, our stage version brings to life the classic dialogue, the insane situations, and above all the boozy, irresistibly hilarious relationship of one of the most famous slacker duo’s ever created…