Musical classic heads to Newcastle

Published: 9 March 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Singin' in the Rain Credit: Manuel Harlan
Singin' in the Rain Credit: Manuel Harlan
Singin' in the Rain Credit: Manuel Harlan

The classic musical Singin’ in the Rain is heading for Newcastle Theatre Royal next year.

The Chichester Festival Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Jonathan Church, will embark on a major UK and Ireland tour in 2021, following a five-week season at Sadler’s Wells this summer (24 July to 30 August, 2020), arriving at the Theatre Royal on 9 February, playing until 13, as part of a 12 venue tour, with more dates to be added later.

Michael Harrison Entertainment and Jonathan Church Productions present the Chichester Festival Theatre and Stage Entertainment production with the original Chichester team of director 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, which is regularly voted the most popular film musical of all time.

After Sadler’s Wells, the show will return to Japan, the third season the production has played there, playing in Tokyo, from the end of September 2020, ahead of the UK tour, which begins at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on 21 January.

Some watery facts. The iconic rain scenes:

  • Use 6k litres of water, equivalent to 5 tonnes (equivalent to 2 rhinos, 11 grand pianos or 30 panda bears)
  • Uses over 100 metres of heavy duty rubber hose
  • Takes 15 minutes to drain. Afterwards it is recovered, then recycled, cleaned and used again
  • Heats the water to 37 degrees for performer comfort