Kevin Clifton, Faye Tozer, Cavin Cornwall and Charlotte Gooch to join Adam Cooper in Singing in the Rain
The hit musical will be playing from 30th July 2021 to 5th September at Sadlers Wells
Today Michael Harrison and Jonathan Church announce that Kevin Clifton, Faye Tozer, Charlotte Gooch and Cavin Cornwall are to join Adam Cooper to lead the Chichester Festival Theatre and Stage Entertainment production of the Olivier Award-nominated musical Singin’ in the Rain.
The production will play a strictly limited run at Sadler’s Wells from Friday 30 July – Sunday 5 September 2021 (Press Night: Thursday 5 August), ahead of a 2022 UK tour (tour casting to be announced).
Former professional Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton (theatre credits include Rock of Ages, UK Tour; Burn the Floor, West End, UK and International tours; Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, West End) will play Cosmo Brown.
Steps and stage star Faye Tozer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, West End; Me and My Girl and Tell me on a Sunday, UK tours) plays leading lady Lina Lamont.
Principal casting is completed by Charlotte Gooch (Strictly Ballroom and Top Hat in the West End, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, first UK Tour and West End) as aspiring actress Kathy Seldon and Cavin Cornwall (Disney’s Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and world arena tour; Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as film producer, RF Simpson.
They will join the acclaimed star Adam Cooper, who returns to the show with his legendary performance as Don Lockwood, having earned critical acclaim in the role at Chichester Festival Theatre and again when the show transferred to London’s Palace Theatre. Adam is one of the most celebrated stars to perform at Sadler’s Wells, where he has headlined Matthew Bourne’s iconic production of Swan Lake, as well as many other productions.
Further casting includes Sandra Dickinson, who will appear as Dora Bailey, Michael Matusas Roscoe Dexter and Imogen Brook as Zelda Zanders. The ensemble features Briana Craig, Alistair Crosswell, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Alex Given, Ryan Gover, Ashleigh Graham, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Molly Rees Howe, Thomas Inge, Robin Kent, Sam Lips,Joshua Lovell, George Lyons, Heather Scott Martin, Amonik Melaco, Ashleigh Morris, Peter Nash, Megan Spiers, and Ellie May Wilson.
Singin’ in the Rain will also reunite the original director Jonathan Church with choreographer Andrew Wright.
Don Lockwood is a silent movie star with everything he could want – fame, adulation and a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk … and sing … and dance. Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition, and will chorus girl Kathy Seldon fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?
This production of Singin’ in the Rain opened at Chichester Festival Theatre and extended due to unprecedented public demand, before a transfer to London which received huge critical acclaim and four Olivier Award nominations.
It played to more than 750,000 people…. some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived! In fact the iconic rain scenes:
- Use 6k litres of water, equivalent to 5 tonnes (here’s a list of things which also weigh 5 tonnes: 2 Rhinos, 11 Grand Pianos or 30 Panda Bears!)
- Uses over 100 metres of heavy duty rubber hose
- Takes 15 minutes to drain. Afterwards it is recovered, it is then re-cycled, cleaned and used again
- Heats the water to 37 degrees for performer comfort!
Singin’ in the Rain features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including Make ‘em Laugh, Good Morning, Moses Supposes and Singin’ in the Rain. Original screenplay and adaptations are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Reuniting the original Chichester production team, Singin’ in the Rain will be directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award-nominated choreography by Andrew Wright. The production is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting by Tim Mitchell. Stuart Burt is Casting Director.
The stage production of Singin’ in the Rain is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, regularly voted the most popular film musical of all time.
After Sadler’s Wells, Singin’ in the Rain will return to Japan. This will be the third season the production has played in the country. The production will then embark on a UK tour in 2022.
Michael Harrison Entertainment and Jonathan Church Productions present the Chichester Festival Theatre and Stage Entertainment production of Singin’ in the Rain.
LISTINGS – SADLER’S WELLS SEASON INFORMATION
Singin’ In The Rain
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Music Published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
(Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen)
Produced by agreement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
London EC1R 4TN
Friday 30 July – Sunday 5 September 2021
Press Night: Thursday 5 August 2021
Evenings: Tuesday – Sunday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30pm
020 7863 8000
Facebook: Singin’ in the Rain Social
NOTES TO EDITORS
Original cast Swan/Stranger in Swan Lake (Sadler’s Wells, UK Tour 1995, Piccadilly Theatre 1996, Los Angeles 1997, Broadway 1998, Dominion Theatre 2000, Japan 2003). Original cast Pilot and also Angel in Cinderella (Piccadilly Theatre 1997, Los Angeles, 1998). Spitfire (Dance Umbrella Gala, Sadler’s Wells). Dying Swan (solo for fundraising Gala 1994).
Principal Dancer and Guest Artist with Royal Ballet (1989-2003), Guest Artist with Scottish Ballet (1997-2001), Junior Dolan in On Your Toes (Haymarket Theatre Leicester, Royal Festival Hall, Japan tour 2001-2004), Seasons at Exeter Festival with Adam Cooper Company (2001-2003), created role of Valmont and Choreographed and Co-Directed Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Sadler’s Wells and Japan Tour 2005), Conceived, Directed, Choreographed and played The Man in Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells 2009), Created role of The Soldier in Will Tuckett’s A Soldiers Tale (Linbury Theatre 2004, 2005, Japan tours 2009, 2015), Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre 2011, Palace Theatre 2012- 2013, Tokyo Theatre Orb 2014, 2017) Older Billy in Billy Elliot (Working Title Films, Tiger Aspect Pictures 2000). Choreography for the Olivier Award-winning Musical Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre and UK Tour 2014-2017), Director and Choreographer for Candide (Gaertnerplatz Theatre, Munich 2015 and 2020, Oper Köln 2016).
Kevin is best known for being a professional dancer on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. In 7 years on the show, Kevin reached the final a record 5 times, winning all 4 glitter balls including the main show Glitterball trophy in 2018 with Stacey Dooley before leaving in 2019.
Kevin made his Broadway debut as a principal dancer with Burn The Floor in 2009 and has remained a member of the Burn The Floor dance company for many years, also performing in London’s West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre as well as touring the USA, Asia, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
He made his West End musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage at The Aldwych Theatre in 2010. More recently Kevin played Stacey Jaxx in the UK tour of Rock Of Ages and the lead role of Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer in London.
In a successful competitive ballroom dancing career, Kevin won numerous titles across the world including becoming a four-time British Latin American Champion and Youth World number 1.
Kevin’s future projects include starring as Scott Hastings in Strictly Ballroom (UK tour) and The Artilleryman in Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds (Arena tour).
Not stopping there, Kevin has a successful podcast The Kevin Clifton Show where he speaks with special guests and shares his own experiences and tips on how to be successful in the creative industry.
Faye Tozer born in Northampton and raised in Dunstable, Bedfordshire is a singer-songwriter, dancer and stage actress who is best known for being a member of the Brit Award-winning pop band Steps who had number one hits with Tragedy and Stomp and have sold over 20 million records worldwide. Their new album What The Future Holds Pt 2 will be released later this year.
Faye has worked on stage in musicals since 2004 including Tell Me On A Sunday, Love Shack, Me and My Girl, Over The Rainbow and most recently Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Charlotte trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts.
Theatre credits include; Flashdance (International Tour); Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre London, The West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto); Top Hat(Aldwych Theatre London and UK Tour); Dirty Dancing (first-ever National Tour, West End revival at The Piccadilly Theatre London and the original German production in Berlin); Legally Blonde(Deaugu Opera House, Korea); CATS (European Tour); Grease (UK Tour); The Golden Age Of Dance (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Fly With The Stars (London Palladium); Dirty Dancing(Aldwych Theatre, London).
Other credits include: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC); Len Goodman’s For the Love of Fred Astaire(ITV); The Royal Variety Performance (ITV); All Star Musicals (ITV); Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) and Children in Need (BBC).
Cavin was England’s Junior Karate Champion at the
at the age of 17, then briefly went on to become a member of the England Karate Squad, before beginning his training at the Bird College – Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Disney’s Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre; The Color Purple at the Cadogan Hall; Jesus Christ Superstar, Regents Park; World Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar; Sister Act, National Tour; The Exonerated, Charing Cross Theatre; Little Shop Of Horrors,Birmingham Rep; The Harder They Come, Canada & US Tour; Kurt Weills’ Lost In The StarsRoyal Festival Hall; Porgy and Bess, Savoy Theatre; Over The Rainbow, National Tour; Chicago,Adelphi Theatre, National, European and Far East Tours; Nil By Mouth, Duke Of York, London; Miss Saigon, Theatre Royal, London; Weekend In Rio, Plymouth Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Festival; The Full Monty, Prince Of Wales Theatre; Ragtime, at International Festival Of Musical Theatre in Cardiff.
Film Credits include: Han Solo, A Smuggler’s Trade; Pemmin Brunce, in Star Wars The Last Jedi.Prison
Guard in Paddington 2; Captain Sidon Ithano in Star Wars VII The Force Awakens; Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker. Convict No. 1 in Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway. De-Lovely, with Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd; Emmy Award-winning remake of Jesus Christ Super Star; Enter the Preacher, winner of Best Actor and Best Comedy short film 2009 Fringe Awards.