You might not automatically feel like Singing in the Rain in the middle of August, but that’s exactly what we’ll be doing next summer at Sadler’s Wells.
For that’s when the classic musical, based on the MGM film of the same name, returns to the capital following its sell out run in Chichester.
Singing in the Rain tells the story of silent movie star Don Lockwood, who suddenly finds his world turned upside down when the studio he works for decides to try its hand at making a talking picture.
This latest version of the classic story sees director Jonathan Church and choreographer Andrew Wright reunite for what has proved a thrilling new take on the famaliar story.
Acclaimed dancer Adam Cooper will take the role of Lockwood in the West End production. Renowned for his role in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cooper is also currently ppearing as Boris Lermontov in Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes.
Augmenting Andrew Wright’s frenetic choreography will be Simon Higlett’s imaginative set designs. It is rumoured that the Chichester production got through a staggering 14,000 litres of water every night!
However, as good as the staging is, it’s the production’s music and dancing that everyone remembers. Singing in the Rain is full of memorable songs including the world famous title track, Good Morning and Make ‘em Laugh.
Although the original film was only a modest hit on its release in 1952, the production won a glut of awards, with many critics hailing the movie the best ever made.
Singing In The Rain was adapted for the stage in the 1980s, with thr production proving a smash hit in the West End.
This new version of the classic tale opened in Chichester in 2011. A year later, the production transfered to the Palace Theatre in the West End.
Singin’ in the Rain will run at Sadler’s Wells from the 30th of July to the 5th of September 2021.
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