Singin’ in the Rain at the Grand Palais for Paris Christmas treat

Clare Halse, Dan Burton and Daniel Crossley in Singin’ in the Rain at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. Picture: Patrick Berger

Clare Halse, Dan Burton and Daniel Crossley in Singin’ in the Rain. Picture: Patrick Berger

The Theatre du Chatelet’s obsession with bringing the great American musicals to Paris in their original language is stalled for the next two years while the place undergoes a massive refurbishment – but it doesn’t mean the city will be starved of one of its favourite shows.

While it is shut, the Chatelet is sending Singin’ in the Rain, which has had two runs there in 2015-16, to the gorgeous Grand Palais in the Champs-Élysées for Christmas and the New Year.

It will have much the same cast and creatives as the Singin’ in the Rain that Parisians loved so much for its singing, dancing and comedy in the spring of 2015 that it made a return visit for the end-of-year holiday season.

Now this tale of the last days of silent movies, made famous on film by Gene Kelly in 1952 and turned into a stage version by Betty Comden and Adolph Green in 1983, is heading for a six-week run at the spectacular Grand Palais from 26 November to 10 January with Dan Burton reprising his Don Lockwood role.

Also in the cast are Daniel Crossley as Cosmo Brown, Clare Halse as Kathy Seldon and Emma Kate Nelson as Lina Lamont.

Robert Carsen directs again, Gareth Valentine will be musical director with Stephen Mear again in charge of the choreography.

The Grand Palais is a huge Beaux-Arts exhibition centre with a police station in its basement. It is often used by Chanel for fashion shows and for photographic exhibitions. In 2010 it even hosted the World Fencing Championships. Tickets go on sale on Valentine’s Day, most appropriate given who is the MD!

Jeremy Chapman

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