The Mentalists get ready for West End return in Richard Bean comedy

Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri in The Mentalists. Images J.Brooks & Helen Maybanks
Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri in The Mentalists. Images J.Brooks & Helen Maybanks

Stephen Merchant prepares to make his West End debut (showing a bit more than he bargained for, if accounts are true) in Richard Bean’s comedy, The Mentalists.

Rehearsal images have been released of BAFTA and Golden Globe Award-winning writer, comedian and actor Merchant and actor Steffan Rhodri (Gavin & Stacey, Harry Potter, Posh) as they prepare to open in the wickedly funny comedy at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

This new production of The Mentalists, is written by Richard Bean and directed by Abbey Wright.

The Mentalists rehearsals

Ted (Stephen Merchant) has a master plan to revolutionise the world – and with help from his best friend Morrie (Steffan Rhodri) and his video camera, it may just go global!

But Morrie begins to suspect that Ted’s in trouble as unpaid bills and cryptic phone calls start to mount; and as the world closes in, there is only one way out, in this hilarious, sharply written and touching comedy.

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.

The Mentalists rehearsals

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.

Most recent television credits include Under Milk Wood for the BBC and Channel 4’s Cucumber and the critically acclaimed Shakespeare’s Hollow Crown series Henry VI and Richard III for the BBC.

Richard Bean originally wrote The Mentalists for the National Theatre’s 2002 Transformation season.

He 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 the stage production of Made In Dagenham.

The Mentalists runs from July 3-September 26.

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