The last time I set foot in the beautiful Palace Theatre in London, it was an evening of pink and glitter and singing and dancing and a lot of campness for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Now the Palace Theatre is playing host to Singin’ In The Rain, a musical based on the 1952 MGM classic movie starring Gene Kelly, and the venue is once again home to an all singing, all dancing extravaganza (if not a little less glittery and pink than before).
For those who don’t know the movie, the story of Singin’ In The Rain is set in Twenties’ Hollywood, around the time silent movies evolved into talkies. The biggest stars at the time, charming Don Lockwood (played by the amazing Adam Cooper) and beautiful-but-ditzy Lina Lamont, suddenly have to deal with the changing industry. The musical brings together all the glamour of the era, a reminder of the beautiful fashion, but also a healthy dose of comedy and romance. There’s plenty of songs you’ll recognise and want to sing along to, and yes, there is of course singing and dancing in the rain…
For those who want to experience the ‘real’ thing, the first couple of rows do get a real splash (bring your cape – see picture below) – I was in row 5 and that’s pretty much the last row that gets wet, everywhere behind that is safe. The actors definitely turn the splashing into a bit of a game in the end and it certainly added an extra element of surprise to the show. After it was all over, I bounced out of the theatre with a grin on my face and sang and danced all the way home. I defy anyone to go watch Singin’ In The Rain and not do exactly the same!
Tickets start from £15, to book please check here
Singin’ In The Rain
London W1D 5AY
A little preview of what you can expect…