Downpour expected at Milton Keynes Theatre with opening of Singin’ In The Rain

Singin' In The Rain

The critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Singin’ in The Rain arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre this July.

Singin’ In The Rain stars stage and screen leading man Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss R.F. Simpson, Coronation Street favourite Vicky Binns as starlet Lina Lamont, James Leece as Don Lockwood, Amy Ellen Richardson as Kathy Selden and Stephane Anelli as Cosmo Brown.

Maxwell Caulfield said: “I am beyond thrilled to be hitting the road with Singin’ in the Rain.

“As a huge fan of the original movie, the chance to bring this story to life on stage is something I couldn’t pass up and it’ll be great visiting some of the beautiful theatres on the tour, some I’ve been to previously, some are going to be a brand new experience for me.

“Theatre work is a huge passion of mine and having dealt with a few studio bosses in my time too, I relish the opportunity to play RF Simpson this glorious production”.

Vicky Binns added: “To be in a musical of this scale and quality is a dream job for me.

“I was blown away when I saw this production in the London, so it’s a thrill to bring it straight from the West End to Milton Keynes.

“If like me, you have seen and love the film, it is a real treat to see how it can be brought so lavishly to the stage, if not, what a way to experience the story for the first time…you can’t beat live theatre!

“The part of Lina Lamont is a gift of a role as the writing is packed with humour, pathos and well…fabulousness!”.

Don Lockwood is a silent movie star with everything he could want – fame, adulation and 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.

Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Selden fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?

This production of Singin’ in The Rain opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in summer 2011 and extended due to unprecedented public demand.

It then transferred to the West End where it received huge critical acclaim, four Olivier Award nominations, and played to more than 750,000 happy audience members, some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived!

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. Directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award nominated choreography by Andrew Wright.

Singin’ in The Rain, which uses half a mile of flexible pipe work, a 10 tonne water tank and a water system that creates a downpour from above and flooding from below the stage, ‘raining’ (and recycling) over 12,000 litres of downpour per performance, is produced by Stage Entertainment UK in association with Chichester Festival Theatre.

Singin’ In The Rain runs at MKT from July 1-12.

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