Singin’ in the Rain tour set for Manchester opening

James Leece as Don Amy Ellen Richardson as Kathy & Stephane Anelli as Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain - Photo credit Hugo Glendinning

James Leece, Amy Ellen Richardson and Stephane Anelli in the touring production of Singin’ in the Rain. Picture: Hugo Glendinning

The UK and Ireland tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain opens at Manchester Opera House on 13 November (with previews from Saturday 9 November), before playing a Christmas and New Year season in Cardiff.

Singin’ in the Rain will feature Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss RF Simpson, actress and former member of Steps Faye Tozer and Coronation Street favourite Vicky Binns sharing the role of starlet Lina Lamont, James Leece as Don Lockwood, Amy Ellen Richardson as Kathy Selden and Stephane Anelli playing ‘Cosmo Brown’.

Caulfield said: “I am beyond thrilled to be hitting the road with Singin’ in the Rain. As a huge fan of the original movie, the chance to bring this story to life on stage is something I couldn’t pass up and it’ll be great visiting some of the beautiful theatres on the tour. Some I’ve been to previously, while others are going to be a brand new experience for me. Theatre work is a huge passion of mine and having dealt with a few studio bosses in my time too, I relish the opportunity to play RF Simpson in this glorious production.”

Caulfield is best known to TV audiences as Mark Wylde in ITV’s Emmerdale, Dr Jim Brodie in BBC1’s Casualty and Holby City and Miles Colby in both Dynasty and The Colbys. His theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago in both the West End and on Broadway, An Inspector Calls at the National Theatre and The Rocky Horror Show on UK tour.

Tozer enjoyed success as one fifth of the internationally successful pop group Steps which sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Her musical theatre credits include lead roles in Tell Me On a Sunday, Me and My Girl and the recent The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End.

Binns is known to millions as Molly Dobbs, Tyrone’s wife, in ITV’s Coronation Street, a role she played for five years. Her other TV credits include the role of Ollie Reynolds in ITV1’s Emmerdale and The Mill for Channel 4.  Her theatre credits include Alfie at the Bolton Octagon and Teechers, Perfect Pitch and A Kind of Loving, all for Hull Truck Theatre Company.

This production of Singin’ in the Rain is directed by Jonathan Church, with choreography from Andrew Wright. The production is designed by Simon Higlett with sound by Matt McKenzie and lighting by Tim Mitchell. After transferring from Chichester to the Palace Theatre, London, the production received four Olivier Award nominations.

Singin’ in the Rain, which uses half a mile of flexible pipe work, a ten tonne water tank and a system that creates a downpour from above and flooding from below the stage, ‘raining’ more than 12,000 litres of downpour per performance, is produced by Stage Entertainment UK in association with Chichester Festival Theatre.

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