Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 5 and over. Under 4s will not be admitted.
When it comes to high quality musicals few would have a bad thing to say about the 1952 feature film that starred Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds among others – the classic “Singin’ in the Rain”. So when a production of that famous movie headed to the West End there was certain to be an abundance of theatregoers hoping to pick up theatre tickets and be first in line.
This time around the production was a transfer from the renowned Chichester Festival Theatre and runs at the Palace Theatre (having opened in February 2012). Adam Cooper takes on the role of Don Lockwood made famous by Gene Kelly, whilst Scarlett Strallen, Daniel Crossley and Katherine Kingsley appear alongside him, and a recycled water-system will provide the downpour during the signature musical number.
“Singin’ in the Rain” takes audiences back to a transition period in Hollywood – the era in which the silent movie were replaced with the ‘talkies’ – and in doing so the focus is on Don Lockwood, a star that has had great success already. A star of the silent movie world, Lockwood has it all and has also been romantically linked with one of his co-stars, so there will be great change for him during this transition.
The original appeared in cinemas back in 1952 and like many classics only found its fans in the years since its release (its cinema outing was not a big hit) but there is no doubting the legacy it has set up for itself. It has been a part of numerous television and movie references and parodies, with the iconic performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” one of the most famous scenes in cinema history. It is no wonder audiences still consider it one of the best musicals of all time and it is likely that they will still be talking about it for years to come.
And now it has a home in the West End, a location that is already the home of many movie-adaptations whether it is a modern production like “Shrek The Musical” or a long-running classic like “Billy Elliot”. Despite the competition it is certain to stand out amongst the crowd.
“Singin’ in the Rain” opened at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday 15th February 2012 (previews from Saturday 4th February 2012).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 4th February 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 8th June 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 5 and over. Under 4s will not be admitted.|
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