Charlotte Gooch stars in the UK and Ireland 2022 tour of Singin’ in the Rain, a smash hit in Chichester, in the West End and most recently Sadler’s Wells, the tour will shortly return to London for a run at New Wimbledon Theatre from 27th June 2022.
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.
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.
Singin’ in the Rain is returning to London as part of its tour, how would you describe the show to anyone who hasn’t seen it?
A feel good show that transports you back to the golden age of Hollywood, makes you laugh and gets you soaked!
Tell us about Kathy Selden, what do you enjoy most about this role?
I love the unexpected element of Kathy, you might expect her to swoon and fall at the feet of the leading man but instead she teases him and plays games, she is strongminded and can be quite stubborn! I have a lot of fun exploring that side of her on stage!
And what do you find most challenging about it?
Initially the most challenging part of the role was managing the stamina, we have some huge song and dance numbers and finding the breath to get the vocals right whilst being so out of puff was hard at the start, but that has become second nature now! I’d say the most challenging thing now is being able to see at the end of the show when you get a load of water in the face, and your make up starts running in to your eyes!!!
You’ve already covered a fair bit of the country, what’s been your favourite experience on tour so far?
There’s been so many special moments on tour but for me a real highlight was my 94 year old grandparents being able to come and see me perform in Woking. That has always been my “hometown” venue and where I would go and watch shows as a child, so for my grandparents to be able to get to the theatre to see the show was very special. My Nana sang along from start to finish!
What can you tell us about those iconic rain scenes, and what’s it really like for the performers on stage?
We use 14,000 litres of water per show! It really is quite the spectacle and my explanation will never do it justice, but it is safe to say if you’re in the front few rows you are in for a soaking! Sam who plays Don does an incredible of job bringing to life the iconic Singin in The Rain number which closes act 1, and during the finale the cast all have a lot of fun drenching each other and the audience in what can only be described as an epic water fight!
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see Singin’ in the Rain?
The show is pure joy and escapism; 2.5 hours of movie musical magic live on stage. Prepare to laugh out loud and if you’re in the front few rows brings your waterproofs! Regardless of where you are sat though you will leave the theatre tapping your feet and humming the timeless tunes with a big smile on your face.