Chichester Festival Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Singin’ in the Rain will play a strictly limited five-week season at London’s Sadler’s Wells in the summer of 2020, running from 24 July to 30 August 2020 with a press night on 30 July 2020.
The star of that production, Adam Cooper, will return as Don Lockwood, having earned critical acclaim for his performance at Chichester and again when the show transferred to London’s Palace Theatre. Cooper is one of the most celebrated stars to perform at Sadler’s Wells, where he has headlined Matthew Bourne’s iconic production of Swan Lake.
After Sadler’s Wells, Singin’ in the Rain will return to Japan. This will be the third season the production has played in the country, where Cooper has also headlined its two previous runs. The musical will play in Tokyo from the end of September 2020.
This production opened at Chichester Festival Theatre in summer 2011 and extended due to public demand. It then transferred to the Palace Theatre in the West End in February 2012 where it received huge critical acclaim, four Olivier Award nominations, and played to more than 750,000 people.
Singin’ in the Rain features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed and an original screenplay and adaptations by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Reuniting the original Chichester production team, Singin’ in the Rain will be directed by 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 is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, regularly voted the most popular film musical of all time.
Adam Cooper is an English actor, choreographer, dancer and theatre director. He currently works as both a performer and choreographer in musicals and has choreographed and/or starred in award-winning shows such as On Your Toes, Singin’ in the Rain and Grand Hotel. He began his professional career as a dancer of classical ballet and contemporary ballet and is a former Principal of the Royal Ballet. He became internationally recognised for creating the lead role of Swan/Stranger in Matthew Bourne’s contemporary dance production of the ballet Swan Lake.