Theatre du Chatelet/ Marie-Noelle Robert

The stage version of what’s widely touted as the ‘greatest big screen musical of all time’, Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen, 1952), which was co-directed by and starred Hollywood screen legend Gene Kelly, returns to the Théâtre du Châtelet, following a short season during March.

This classic tale takes place in late-1920s Hollywood, during the transition from silent movies to ‘talkies’, and stage director Robert Carsen, who was responsible for the fantastic My Fair Lady at the same theatre a couple of years ago, stays loyal to the silver screen version. Tim Hatley’s handsome monochrome sets, Anthony Powell’s stunning costumes, Stephen Mear’s energetic dance routines and the lush-sounding Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (under the baton of Gary Valentine) are a perfect fit for Carsen’s vision.

Leads Dan Burton and Clare Halse – as heart-throb Don Lockwood and aspiring actress Kathy Selden, respectively – are consistent but it’s the spot-on Daniel Crossley (Lockwood’s sidekick Cosmo Brown) and Emma Kate Nelson (Lina Lamont) who really stand out.

Singin’ in the Rain, Théâtre du Châtelet from November 27 – January 15, 2016. Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm. Matinees on Saturdays at 3pm & Sundays at 4pm. Tickets: €15-€130. Tel: +33 1 40 28 28 40

From France Today magazine

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