Singin’ in the Rain to exit West End for tour

Adam Cooper in Singin' in the Rain. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Producers of West End musical Singin’ in the Rain are preparing to close the show in August, ahead of a planned nationwide tour of the UK.

The Chichester Festival Theatre production opened at the Palace Theatre in London in February 2012.

It is understood that it will close at the end of August after 18 months in the West End and tour the UK from November, with a proposed opening in Manchester. Its tour is set to end in late 2014 with a run in Chichester, where it originally played in July 2011.

The musical is directed by Jonathan Church, artistic director at Chichester Festival Theatre, and has choreography by Andrew Wright, who last weekend won best choreographer at the Whatsonstage Awards.

Adam Cooper is currently playing Don Lockwood in the show, a role he has played since the production opened in Chichester. And Jennifer Ellison recently joined the cast as Lina Lamont.

A spokesman for Stage Entertainment, which is producing the musical with CFT, said: “Obviously, with any big hit show, there are conversations about long-term plans but it’s business as usual for Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace for the foreseeable future.”