Stars of the hit shows in London, Top Hat at the Aldwych theatre and Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace theatre, have joined forces with the BBC’s Comic Relief charity campaign by encouraging people to go to work in pyjamas on Red Nose Day, the 15th March.
The cast of the song and dance musical, Singin’ in the Rain, including Louise Bowden who plays Kathy Selden and star Adam Cooper who plays Dan Lockwood, took to the stage at the Palace theatre in the heart of London’s West End wearing striped and navy pyjamas twirling the iconic Singin’ in the Rain brollies.
But it’s all in good cause as the BBC Comic Relief appeal raises both awareness and money for underprivileged children. The theatre pyjama initiative is part of the London Evening Standard campaign The Dispossessed Fund to support Comic Relief and raise money for London’s poor.
The stars of the show are encouraging Londoner’s to go to work on the 15th March in their pyjamas. Kathy Selden said: “It’s going to be fun and cause so much chaos on the tube.” So if you do see people on the bus or train in their jim-jams you know it is all in a good cause. Adam Cooper remarked: “It could be quite interesting, as long as nobody comes to work in their birthday suit.” Actually, that may be even better fun!
Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace theatre in London
Adam found the pyjamas much more comfortable than his normal knitted costume.
The stars of the other hit song and dance musical in the West End, Top hat at the Aldwych theatre also took to the stage in their pyjamas. Leading lady Kristen Beth Williams, was donned in rather fetching striped pyjamas, whilst leading man and former Mary Poppins star, Gavin Lee was in blue check jim-jams. In fact Kristen found the attire so comfortable she kept her pyjamas on until the following show! Gavin Lee commented: “Every year Comic Relief comes up with something new and Pyjama day is a fantastic idea.”
To support the campaign and donate money to comic relief you can go to standard.co.uk/dispossessed
We hope the audiences at both shows in London will be supportive by turning up to the performances on the 15th March in their pyjamas. Cuddly toys do not need a separate ticket.
Top Hat the musical at the Aldwych theatre in London
Top Hat the musical at the Aldwych theatre on the Strand in London has extended its bookings until 27th September 2013, with tickets now on sale. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lit up Hollywood’s silver screen with one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. This hugely popular musical has been adapted for the stage. The fantastic dance routines and colourful costumes have earned Top Hat standing ovations and sold-out shows.
Now starring theatre star Gavin Lee (Bert in Mary Poppins) who’s appeared on stages both sides of the Atlantic, plays the role of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society model Dale Tremont, played by Kristen Beth Williams (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Top Hat the musical is a glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance. Be dazzled with stunning tap dancing, romantic ballroom and a little bit of Busby Berkeley thrown in for good measure. Magnificent sets, costumes and, among all the glitz in this comedy musical a romantic love story that will set the pulses racing.
Top Hat is booking until the 27th September 3013, and Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace theatre is booking tickets until the 30th August 2013.