2-12 July 2014
Reviewed by Dorothy White
There was great excitement last night in the foyer of theatre as Singin’ in the Rain had arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. The run continues until Saturday 12th July.
Milton Keynes Theatre is a modern theatre very close to the shopping centre so is very easy to access. There was no curtain, just an open stage with a very simple set which was quickly transformed to a street, studio, office or theatre as necessary.
I think we have all heard of the film with Gene Kelly starring as Don Lockwood, the silent movie star, and seen the famous Singin’ in the Rain scene, but to have it recreated live on stage live was absolutely fantastic.
Set in the 1920’s, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont were famous for their silent movies, but times were changing…
Lina Lamont’s shrieks cut through me, Vikki Binns’ portrayal of Lina Lamont was exceptional, I expected her to get booed during the curtain calls!!
Don Lockwood, played by understudy Matthew Malthouse, and Kathy Seldon, played by Amy Ellen Richardson were an excellent couple, their singing and dancing were wonderful. The entire cast were fantastic, the routines slick, it can’t have been easy dancing on that stage with pavements or sidewalks! The tap routines were my favourite, although all the dancing was excellent, so very slick.
I recognised the songs ‘All I Do’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’, ‘Moses Supposes’, ‘Good Morning’ etc…, but had not realised they were from Singin’ in the Rain.
Just before the interval there was the dance number we had all been waiting for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, it was fabulous, marvellous, I don’t know how else to describe it. A torrential downpour live on a Milton Keynes Theatre stage, a few at the front of the audience got wet as water was cleverly kicked from the stage during a wonderful routine.
The second half was just as good as the first, and all too soon it was the curtain calls!
After the curtain calls the downpour started again, the entire cast on stage singing and dancing in the rain, the audience at the front getting wet once more. We left to the sight of umbrellas being put out on stage to dry!
A fantastic show which I can well recommend to an audience of all ages. My 11 year old granddaughter loved it!! A word of warning though, if you don’t want to get wet, don’t sit in the first few rows.
Tickets cost from £15 to £49.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Singin’ in the Rain is at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 12 July 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ