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Singin’ in the Rain at The Mill at Sonning - first look at its stars, Philip Bertioli and Rebecca Jayne Davies

Philip Bertioli as Don Lockwood and Rebecca Jayne Davies as Kathy Selden. Photo credit: Tapio Snellman.

Casting news

THE first photo has been released of Philip Bertioli as Don Lockwood and Rebecca Jayne Davies as Kathy Selden in the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain, which runs at the Mill at Sonning from November 30, 2019 to February 8, 2020.

The photo was taken by Tapio Snellman.

Previously Posted: The Mill at Sonning has announced the cast for its 2019 Christmas musical Singin’ in the Rain, which runs for 11 weeks – from November 30, 2019 to February 8, 2020.

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, 1,000 litres of water will be pumped onto the tiny stage at every show, with splash macs supplied to front row patrons!

Philip Bertioli (Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, both West End), Brendan Cull (The Book of Mormon, Spamalot, Singin’ in the Rain, Flashdance, all West End), Rebecca Jayne-Davies (Half a Sixpence, Jersey Boys, West End, Pinocchio, National Theatre) and Sammy Kelly (Matilda, Young Frankenstein, Funny Girl, West End) head an ensemble cast.

They are joined by Natalie Bennyworth, Oliver Bingham, Connor Hughes, Ella Martine, Sorelle Marsh, John McManus, Jonathan Norman, Heather Scott-Martin, Daisy Steere, Russell Wilcox.

They will all multi-role to bring this stripped-back version of the famous story to life.

Singin’ in the Rain features a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards including Make ‘em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star, Good Mornin and of course and Singin’ in the Rain.

The Mill at Sonning production features water effects by Alasdair Elliott, one of the world’s leading stage water effect technicians. From the West End to Broadway and Sydney, Australia, international success with productions of Singin’ in the Rain has made Elliot’s small, family-owned company Water Sculptures a world leader in stage water effects.

Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, Singin’ in the Rain centres on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in the transition from silent films to “talkies”.

Director Joseph Pitcher and Orchestrator and Arranger Charlie Ingles return to The Mill after acclaimed Christmas productions of Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady and High Society. The Choreographer is Ashley Nottingham, whose recent credits include the European premiere of Newsies at Arts Ed and the UK tour of Spamalot.

Musical direction is by Francis Goodhand, set design by Diego Pitarch, costume design by Natalie Titchener, lighting design by James Platt and sound design by Joshua Robins.

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