Singing In The Rain
Directed by Jonathan Church and produced by Stage Entertainment UK, Singing in the Rain will be transferring to the West End stage following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011. The show opened on 15th February 2012 and is currently taking bookings until 8th June 2013 when the show will close.
Adam Cooper plays the leading role of Lockwood. Cooper is a dancer and choreographer who created the role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has also performed in numerous West End musicals such as Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz. Playing the role of Kathy Seldon is Louise Bowden, who took over the role from Scarlett Strallen in February 2013. Jennifer Ellison plays the beautiful Lina Lamont and Stephane Annelli plays Lockwood’s sidekick, Cosmo Brown.
Show Length and Times
Singin’ In The Rain shows six evenings per week, from Monday to Saturday. On Monday to Saturday, performances start at 7.30pm. There are two matinees per week at 2:30pm, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The approximate running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute interval. Monday to Saturday evening performances finish at around 10:00pm, exiting the theatre at approximately 10:15pm. Matinees finish at around 5:30pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by approximately 5:45pm. Singin’ In The Rain will close on the 8th June 2013 and will then tour the UK from December 2013.
Synopsis and Songs
Famous for the 1952 MGM movie version starring Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of Don Lockwood, silent movie star who has everything a person dreams of – fame, popularity and a romance with co-star Lina Lamont. With the on-going rumours of the possibility of sound being synchronized with picture which would surely revolutionise the movie industry and change everything, the silent stars, including Don, are nervous. When it is revealed that starlet, Lamont, has the voice akin to nails being scratched down a blackboard, Lockwood and his comedy sidekick, Cosmo, go in search of an alternative. On finding the beautiful yet snooty Kathy Selden, a chorus girl prone to jumping out of cakes with the voice of an angel, Lockwood tries to convince her to dub in for his co-star diva. Unfortunately both Lina and Kathy are stubborn, leading to Don being forced to work his Hollywood star charm. Although where Kathy is concerned, both her and Don get more than they bargained for as they embark upon a whirlwind romance.
MICHAEL COVNEY “The rain at the end of each act is tremendous, and anyone in the most expensive seats in the front few rows gets a marvellous soaking. But the highlight of Simon Higlett’s superb design and Tim Mitchell’s lighting is the irresistible explosion of pastel suits, flashing legs and Manhattan skyline in “Broadway Melody.”
LYN GARDNER “It is technically assured, hugely accomplished and is faithful to the movie yet sufficiently different as not to invite unflattering comparisons. The movie inserts, in which we see the vehicles for silent film stars Don Lockwood (Adam Cooper) and Lina Lamont (Katherine Kingsley) as they try to make the transition to the talkies, are particularly clever.”
If you can’t wait and want to see what the show is like right now, then why not check out the official trailer for the Chichester production below? The dazzling choreography, costumes and classic tunes can be seen.
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