A classic brought to life: Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre
Few classic Hollywood films have made a successful transition to the West End stage, but Singin’ in the Rain – showing now at the Palace Theatre – not only stays true to the original film but so perfectly conveys its feel-good, foot-tapping joy that you almost wish for at least a bit of drizzle as you step out from the theatre after the show.
The story of two Hollywood stars having to change from silent films to talkies sounds quite familiar post The Artist, and makes the perfect backdrop for romance and, of course, much hilarity. Just as in the movie original, expect a Fifties-does-Twenties cheerfulness, from the colourful costumes to the excellent set and wonderfully choreographed dance scenes.
Leading man Adam Cooper makes a terrific Don Lockwood, while Scarlett Strallen convinces as his sweet yet serious sweetheart. Kathrine Kingsley as squeaky-voiced, platinum blonde starlet Lina Lamont, however truly steals the show with her brilliantly comical New York accent and screeching pitch.
The highlight of the show is of course the much-loved rain scene, for which real water is sprayed onto the cast (and the front few rows – rain ponchos are provided). This really is a triumph and just spectacular to watch, puddles, splashes, soaked performers and all.
A brilliant show, one guaranteed to make you smile.