The West End version of “Singin’ in the Rain” will close June 8, though a major national U.K. tour is set to begin later this year.
The production currently plays at the Palace Theatre on West End, and originated in the summer of 2011 at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The national tour is set to begin at the Manchester Opera House on November 9, and other stops on the tour are Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin, Plymouth, Glasgow and Southampton, among others.
“The first time I saw “Singin’ in the Rain” at Chichester I knew we had to bring the show to the West End and, eventually, beyond,” said producer Rebecca Quigley in a statement. “We’ve had a wonderful run at the Palace Theatre and everyone at Stage Entertainment is so proud to have been part of making it a hit there. I’d like to thank everybody at the theatre and every single member of the “Singin’” family who’ve made the show the success it is – and of course the hundreds of thousands of smiling audience members who’ve been part of the experience. We’re thrilled that the show will now set off around the country to delight and, in the case of some sections of the stalls, soak many more people to come!
Here’s how the show’s official website describes the musical:
With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films, Jonathan Church’s brand new production features a glorious score including the classics “Good Morning,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes” and the legendary “Singin’ in the Rain.”
The legendary movie of the same name was released in 1952 and starred Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The original musical version first appeared on West End in 1983, and came to Broadway in 1985.