One of Hollywood's most iconic musicals is MGM's 1952 smash hit, Singin' in the Rain. It contains one of cinema's most famous sequences as Don Lockwood, played by Gene Kelly, skips and pirouettes through puddles, twirling his umbrella and singing, in the rain.
Lockwood is a phenomenally successful silent movie star who falls for chorus girl Kathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds in the MGM film) just when his studio bosses are lining up a lucrative, fabricated romance with his beautiful-but-dim leading lady, Lina Lamont.
Selden passes herself off as a top actress in order to impress the superstar Lockwood, Lamont believes she and Lockwood are genuinely in love, while Lockwood himself seems uncertain of what he wants. What follows is a love triangle of sorts: deception and delusion, singing, rain, singing in the rain and all as the studio struggles with the advent of the 'talkie'.
It's a heady brew and the film remains one of MGM's best-loved musicals, with an enduring appeal and accessibility that continues to resonate with audiences everywhere. Consequently, when 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' goes walkabout and vacates the West End's Palace Theatre, it will be replaced with Singin' In The Rain, which transfers from the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Jonathan Church's new production sees Adam Cooper and Scarlett Strallen cast in the roles made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. They lead a multi-talented cast which also features Katherine Kingsley as Lina Lamont, Michael Brandon as the highly-strung studio boss and Sandra Dickinson as gossip columnist Dora Bailey.
Singin' In The Rain opens at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 4th February 2012, now booking until Saturday 29th September 2012.
We will have tickets available for all performances once they go on sale at 9AM on Monday 26th September, priced from just £14 for side view balcony seats to £84 for the best stalls.
'Priscilla' continues at the Palace until New Year's Eve. We have tickets from as little as £20.