The Mill at Sonning Xmas musical is the perennial favourite Singing’ In The Rain – complete with a 1,000 litre deluge.
The Christmas show, which is based on the classic Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds’ film, will include a downpour on its tiny stage at every performance with the front row of the audience being given splash macs.
The production is headed by West End stars Philip Bertioli (Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street); Brendan Cull (The Book of Mormon, Spamalot, Singin’ in the Rain, Flashdance); Rebecca Jayne-Davies (Half a Sixpence, Jersey Boys) and Sammy Kelly (Matilda, Young Frankenstein, Funny Girl).
They are joined by an ensemble of 14 that features Natalie Bennyworth, Oliver Bingham, Connor Hughes, Ella Martine, Sorelle Marsh, John McManus, Jonathan Norman, Heather Scott-Martin, Daisy Steere and Russell Wilcox.
They will all multi-role to bring this stripped-back version of the famous story to life.
Set in Hollywood, in the waning days of the silent screen era, the musical centres on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in the transition from silent films to “talkies”.
The greatest movie musical of all time, Singin’ in the Rain features a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards including Make ‘em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star, Good Mornin’ and, of course, the title song.
The Mill at Sonning Theatre is the only dinner theatre in the United Kingdom and all tickets include a two-course meal in the restaurant before the show.
Directed by Joseph Pitcher, Singin’ in the Rain will run from November 30 – February 8.