Singin’ in the Rain extends booking period
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
JONATHAN Church’s Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain has extended its booking period at the Palace Theatre – until February 23, 2013.
Previously Posted: Following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre earlier this year, Jonathan Church’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain will transfer to the Palace Theatre, where it opens on February 15, 2012 (previews from February 4).
Reprising their roles in the West End will be Adam Cooper (as Don Lockwood), Daniel Crossley (Cosmo Brown), Scarlett Strallen (Kathy Seldon), Katherine Kingsley (Lina Lamont), Michael Brandon (RF Simpson) and Sandra Dickinson (Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore).
They will be joined by Brendan Cull, Flora Dawson, Jaye Juliette Elster, Peter Forbes, Gemma Fuller, Francis Haugen, David Lucas, Scott Mobley, Ebony Molina, Gillian Parkhouse, Sherrie Pennington, Lisa Ritchie and Nancy Wei George.
Based on the popular 1952 MGM film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, Church’s production of Singin’ in the Rain opened on June 27, 2011 at Chichester Festival Theatre, where it played to capacity houses and extended its run to cope with demand.
Don Lockwood, a star of silent movies, has 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, where the actors actually talk… and sing… and dance.
Singin’ in the Rain features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including Make ‘em Laugh, Good Morning, Moses Supposes and, of course, the much loved Singin’ in the Rain.
Multi award-winning Adam Cooper’s theatre credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), The Wizard of Oz, On Your Toes and The Wind in the Willows (Royal Festival Hall) and Zorro (UK tour).
With the Adventures in Motion Pictures Company, he not only played the Angel in Cinderella, but also created the award-wining role of the Swan in Swan Lake, which, after opening at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, transferred to the West End, LA and Broadway. As a member of the Royal Ballet Company (1989 – 97) his numerous credits include Romeo and Juliet, Myerling, The Judas Tree, Onegin and La Ronde.
Daniel Crossley’s theatre credits include Me and My Girl and A Chorus Line (Sheffield Theatres), Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hull Truck Theatre), The Snow Queen (Derby Theatre), Hello, Dolly!, As You Like It, Oh! What a Lovely War and Romeo and Juliet (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Mary Poppins (UK tour).
On television, he has appeared in Doctors, Heartbeat and Coronation Street.
Scarlett Strallen’s theatre credits includes The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), Passion (Donmar Warehouse), the title role in Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and HMS Pinafore, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
Her film credits include Beyond The Sea and The Snow Queen.
Katherine Kingsley’s theatre work includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Piaf (Donmar Warehouse and Vaudeville Theatre) for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Canterbury Tales (Bristol Old Vic) and The 39 Steps (Liverpool Playhouse and UK tour).
Her film credits include Days of the Siren, Now We Are Three and 100 Second Marriage.
Although Michael Brandon will probably always be remembered for playing Dempsey opposite Glynis Barber in television’s Dempsey and Makepeace, he has also appeared on screen in Hustle, The Last of the Lehman Brothers, Doctor Who, New Tricks, Trial and Retribution and Ally McBeal (TV); Captain America – The First Avenger, Me and Orson Welles and Presumed Dangerous (film).
His UK theatre credits include the title role in Jerry Springer – The Opera which opened at the National Theatre and transferred to the West End, Wet Weather Cover (Arts Theatre), Speed The Plow (Theatre Royal Lincoln) and On the Waterfront (Hackney Empire).
Sandra Dickinson’s theatre work includes A Woman of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Anything Goes (UK tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse) and Not About Nightingales (National Theatre).
On screen, she has appeared in White Van Man, Two Point Four Children, New Tricks, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who (TV); Tormented and Malice in Wonderland (film).
Jonathan Church has been Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006. His credits there include The Real Inspector Hound, The Critic, The Grapes of Wrath, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Hobson’s Choice, The Circle and Pravda. In the West End, he has directed Of Mice and Men (Savoy Theatre and Old Vic), The Witches (Wyndham’s Theatre) and A Busy Day (Lyric Theatre).
Singin’ in the Rain is choreographed by award-winning Andrew Wright, whose credits include 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre), By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), Almost Like Being In Love (National Theatre), Naked Boys Singing (King’s Head and Arts Theatre) and The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre).
As well as many pantomimes, he has also choreographed six performances of The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall), Sunday Night at the Theatre Royal and Evita (Leeds Grand Theatre).
Produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment UK (Hairspray, Sister Act, Strictly Come Dancing Live!, Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2) and Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain is designed by Simon Higlett, with sound by Matt McKenzie and lighting by Tim Mitchell.
One of this country’s most prolific and successful producing houses, Chichester Festival Theatre, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2012, has transferred many productions to the West End and beyond, including the multi-award winning productions of Macbeth and ENRON, the world premiere of Yes, Prime Minister, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which recently completed a run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and the critically acclaimed revival of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls which is currently playing at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Singin’ in the Rain is initially booking at the Palace Theatre until September 29, 2012.
Tickets: £15 – £65 (booking opens on Monday, September 26, 2011).
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical continues at the Palace Theatre until December 31, 2011.