2011: Singin' in the Rain

The summer musical had become a staple favourite of CFT audiences, but the 2011 season was to produce one of its greatest and longest-lasting hits. Singin' in the Rain, a musical based on the iconic MGM film, was directed by Artistic Director Jonathan Church and starred world-class ballet dancer Adam Cooper.

With the prowess of Cooper and cast, dazzling set by Simon Higlett - complete with lamppost - and joyous numbers, theatregoers were treated to a memorable summer. Audiences in the front rows were even given waterproof macs to keep off the splashes, to much excitement. Critics were just as positive - 'pure joy' wrote The Telegraph.

The production transferred to London's West End, followed by a sell-out UK tour, with Cooper reprising his role. In 2021, the production was revived, again with Cooper, at Sadler's Wells and toured again in 2022 - over a decade after its debut at CFT.

Adam Cooper in Singin in the Rain Image: Manuel Harlan
Scarlett Strallen and Adam Cooper in Singin in the Rain Image: Manuel Harlan

Official trailer for Singin' in the Rain at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London (2021-22) following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre (2011) and London’s Palace Theatre (2012-3).

Production photographs of Singin' In The Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre, photographer Manuel Harlan

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