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Singin' in the Rain to embark on 2021 UK Tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHICHESTER Festival Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Singin’ in the Rain will embark on a major UK and Ireland tour in 2021, following a strictly limited five-week season at Sadler’s Wells this Summer – July 24 to August 30, 2020.

Singin’ in the Rain reunites the original director Jonathan Church with choreographer Andrew Wright.

This production of Singin’ in the Rain opened at Chichester Festival Theatre and extended due to unprecedented public demand, before transferring to London. It received huge critical acclaim and four Olivier Award nominations.

It played to more than 750,000 people…. some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived! In fact the iconic rain scenes:

. Use 6k litres of water, equivalent to 5 tonnes (also weighing 5 tonnes: two Rhinos, 11 Grand Pianos or 30 Panda Bears!)

. Use over 100 metres of heavy duty rubber hose

. Take 15 minutes to drain. After the water is recovered, it is re-cycled, cleaned and used again

. Heat the water to 37 degrees for performer comfort!

Singin’ in the Rain features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including Make ‘em Laugh, Good Morning, Moses Supposes and, of course, Singin’ in the Rain.

Original screenplay and adaptations are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Reuniting the original Chichester production team, Singin’ in the Rain will be directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award-nominated choreography by Andrew Wright. The production is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting by Tim Mitchell.

The stage production of Singin’ in the Rain is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, regularly voted the most popular film musical of all time.

After Sadler’s Wells, Singin’ in the Rain will return to Japan. This will be the third season the production has played in the country. It will play in Tokyo, from the end of September 2020, ahead of the UK tour.

Following the Sadler’s Wells dates, Singin’ in the Rain will tour to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (January 21 – 30), Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Leeds Grand Theatre, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wales Millennium Centre, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, His Majesty’s Aberdeen, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, with further dates to be announced.