Weather news: It’s Raining – so why not sing?


First we had the droughts and hose pipe bans earlier in 2012 then the U.K. was awash with swollen rivers and floods.

Well at The Palace theatre in London’s West End it keeps raining and now Singin’ in the rain the hugely successful musical is likely to be showered with awards.

The show in London was nominated for the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards Best Musical.

Are you likely to get wet? Well yes, if you are sitting in the front rows it is advisable to take an umbrella. However, the water is heated to 30 degrees so you shouldn’t catch a cold! Although it has to travel through a quarter of a mile of pipes to fall from above, which means it can take a little while to warm up!

7,000 litres of water are used each time it rains on stage – 2,500 falling from above and 4,500 flooding from below. It rains twice during each performance, so that’s 14,000 litres of water in total.

Don’t worry, it’s all recycled! The water drains back into a reservoir hidden in the orchestra pit. When full it holds 10,000 litres.

There’s also a treatment plant in the pit where the water is filtered and treated to prevent bacteria developing. The reservoir is drained once a month.

Even if the show in London were to run for 40 years the water used wouldn’t be enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Singin’ in the rain was one of the London theatre shows to be featured on POP Goes the Musical 2012, part of the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal Night.

Singin’ in the Rain starred Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, better known as Ginger Spice and with the launch of Viva Forever! at the Piccadilly theatre in London’s West End, very much a part of the theatre scene now.

Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain is now making a splash at London’s Palace Theatre.

With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films, Jonathan Church’s show features a glorious score including the classics Good Morning, Make ’em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

With stylish, soaring choreography from Andrew Wright and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design, Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could ever want in a hit West End musical!

Hailed by the critics as the ultimate feel-good show, Singin’ in the Rain is packed full of ‘infectious brolly-twirling glee’ London Evening Standard.

Singin’ in the Rain genuinely makes you feel better about life said Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph.

It’s the roaring ’20s and silent movie stars are the biggest names in the world. Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with the new phenomenon of the talking picture on the way and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart, things are about to change for Don and for Hollywood forever.