Palace Theatre Welcomes Singin' in the Rain
The Chichester Festival Theatre Production Replacing Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The Palace Theatre will be without its signature show at the end of December as New Year’s Eve marks the end-date of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” having served the West End venue since March 2009. It had been rumoured back in June and was confirmed earlier this month so London theatre audiences do not have long to catch the antics of Australian drag queens travelling across the outback in a tatty old bus named Priscilla.
But the Palace Theatre will not be empty for long as it has now been confirmed that “Singin’ in the Rain”, which has been entertaining audiences at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011, will be transferring to the West End location in February 2012. The production will be retaining its Chichester cast, such as Adam Cooper, Scarlett Strallen and Daniel Crossley, as well as director Jonathan Church and a range of behind-the scenes-talent.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is the classic musical that was first introduced to audiences as the 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. It has since become a cultural item, influencing countless other shows and being referenced in films and television shows all over the world since.
It tells the story of Don Lockwood, a film star during the silent movie era in Hollywood. Lockwood is already enjoying great success and has been romantically linked with one of his co-stars, but there have been rumours of a new type of film – the ‘talkie’- and this could change Hollywood forever.
Chichester’s Artistic Director Jonathan Church directs the production having previously helmed an array of shows at the Chichester Festival Theatre and productions like “Of Mice and Men” at the Savoy Theatre. He directs a cast that includes the mentioned Cooper, Strallen and Crossley alongside Katherine Kingsley, Michael Brandon and Sandra Dickinson, among others.
The Palace Theatre has been serving the West End ever since it opened its doors for the first time in 1891 and in that time it has welcomed some stand-out musicals. Its most famous remains “Les Miserables” which appeared at the venue from 1985 to 2004 though recent hits also include “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is at the Palace Theatre from Wednesday 15th February 2012 (previews from Saturday 4th February 2012) until at least Saturday 29th September 2012.