More than 250,000 new tickets have today been released for sale for the West End hit musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, now booking through to 23 February 2013. Jonathan Church's Chichester Festival Theatre production transferred to London's Palace Theatre last month, where it has been playing to packed houses, standing ovations and huge critical acclaim.
Rebecca Quigley, Producer for Stage Entertainment UK, said: "We're absolutely delighted that audiences have responded so excitedly to Singin' in the Rain. We knew the minute we saw the production last summer in Chichester that it was exactly the kind of show that the West End needed. Judging by the reaction of the thousands of people who have visited us at the Palace so far, and the massive demand we're seeing for the rest of the year, it looks like audiences will be singin' and dancin' in aisles for a long time to come!"
Alan Finch, Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, said: "Everyone at Chichester is incredibly proud of the show and all that the Singin' in the Rain company have achieved so far. It's thrilling that something that so many people cared about and made so special with us last summer has gone on to become a genuine big hit in the West End. In this our 50th anniversary year there's no better celebration than the news of this extension of our run at the Palace."
The cast is led by Adam Cooper as Don Lockwood, Daniel Crossley as CosMo Brown, Scarlett Strallen as Kathy Selden and Katherine Kingsley as Lina Lamont, with Michael Brandon as RF Simpson and Sandra Dickinson as Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore, all of whom reprise their roles from the original Chichester production. They are 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.
Don Lockwood is a silent movies star with 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 Singin' in the Rain. Original screenplay and adaptations are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. With choreography by Andrew Wright, the production is designed by Simon Higlett, with sound by Matt McKenzie and lighting by Tim Mitchell.
The production uses half a mile of flexible pipe work, a tank housed in the orchestra pit and a water system that creates a downpour from above and flooding from below the stage, 'raining' (and recycling) two 12,000 litre downpours per performance!