Singin' In The Rain
A major stage revival of the classic MGM musical Singin' In The Rain in London - transfer from The Chichester Festival Theatre.
Don Lockwood is a silent movies star with everything he could want - fame, adulation and even a well-publicised 'romance' with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film - a film where the actors actually talk... and sing... and dance.
The silver screen was never the same after silent films gave way to the talkies. Stars who had enchanted millions without saying a word, were now forced to find a voice. And if they could talk, why not have them sing and dance? Singin' in the Rain is the story of the making of that first Hollywood musical. Featuring all the style and spectacle of a golden age, it has a succession of unforgettable songs, including 'Good Morning', 'Make 'em Laugh', 'Moses Supposes', and, of course, 'Singin' in the Rain'. Shining with vitality, wit and romance, this is a musical to lift your heart and set you singin' and dancin' - in any weather.
This production is directed by Jonathan Church with choreography by Andrew Wright and designs by Simon Higlett. This stage production was originally seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre where run from 27 June to 10 September 2011.
"Jonathan Church's production was a huge hit in Chichester last year and it's looking as good as ever. That is no mean feat because it's a technically demanding show. It features a deluge of formation dancing, tumultuously choreographed by Andrew Wright. And there is black-and-white film footage to go with the story about the transition from silent movies to talkies in the Hollywood of the Twenties. Which isn't even to mention the downpour of chlorinated Thames water for the title number. If I'm honest, the stage show doesn't offer anything the film doesn't. Except that it's live. And, as a live performance, it's hugely energising... the producers have one of the hits of the year. Come on in: the water is fine." The Daily Mail
"This stage version of Singin' in the Rain was terrific when it opened during a torrential downpour in Chichester last summer. It is even better now on its transfer to the West End, the perfect, potent pickme-up in these apparently interminable grey days of anxiety and gloom... In Jonathan Church’s splendid staging with thrillingly inventive choreography by Andrew Wright that, though clearly inspired by Gene Kelly's original routines, often takes off in startling and delightful new directions of its own, the show offers almost three hours of continuous pleasure... This is a night of sheer delight." The Daily Telegraph
"Never mind just singing in the rain, this glorious musical revival hs its stars gleefully kicking up their heels in the stuff, splashing joyously around in it and making sure the first five rows of the stalls are liberally showered. Yes, Jonathan Churh's superbly enjoyable production makes the most of its famous title song, pelting the stage with so much water you wonder if the West End's reserves will shrtly run out... This is the type of brilliantly devised show that transports you to another time and place, delivers classic numbers and dazzlingly complex choreography and just oozes joie de vivre." The Daily Express
"There is surely no finer movie musical than Singin' in the Rain... the stage version, first presented in 1983, can't eclipse memories of the film. But Jonathan Church's deft new production, launched at Chichester last year, certainly makes a splash... The favourite songs are generously rendered: Good Morning, Moses Supposes, and of course the title number, during which the front five or six rows of the audience get liberally splattered. This could be irritating, yet actually it's exhilarating, and the infectious brolly-twirling glee makes a welcome return at the curtain call... It's crowd-pleasing stuff. The memory of Gene Kelly may not be banished, but this is a buoyant revival, lit up by Andrew Wright's superlative choreography." The London Evening Standard
The stage musical version of Singing in the Rain is based on the MGM film with screenplay and adaptation by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. The original 1952 film featured Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. This revival was originally staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre during 2011 with a cast that featured Adam Cooper as 'Don Lockwood', Daniel Crossley as 'Cosmo Brown' and Scarlett Strallen as 'Kathy Selden' along with Katherine Kingsley as 'Lina Lamont' and Sandra Dickinson as 'Dora Bailey'.
Singin' In The Rain in London previewed from 4 February 2012, opened on 15 February 2012 and closes on 8 June 2013.