British stage and film star Jennifer Ellison will join the cast of the West End’s Singin’ in the Rain as silent movie actress Lina Lamont. Directed by Jonathan Church, the musical adaptation of the iconic film features music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Ellison begins performances February 18 at London’s Palace Theatre.
In addition to Ellison, Singin’ in the Rain will also welcome new cast members Louise Bowden as Kathy Selden and Stephane Annelli, who will play Cosmo Brown. Adam Cooper will continue to lead the company as Don Lockwood. The principal cast also features Sandra Dickinson who continues as Dora Bailey and Miss Dinsmore and Peter Forbes as RF Simpson. The production also features Peter Forbes, David Lucas, Brendan Cull, Kelly Ewins, Nancy Wei George, David Birch, Matthew Croke, Danielle Crockford, Jennifer Davison, Jaye Juliette Elster, Luke Fetherston, Gemma Fuller, Francis Haugen, Daniel Iannou, Peter Le Brun, Charlie Martin, Scott Mobley, Gillian Parkhouse, Sherrie Pennington, Lisa Ritchie and Jack Wilcox.
Based on the 1952 film of the same name, Singin’ in the Rain is the story of Don Lockwood (Cooper), a Hollywood movie star who is making the challenging transition from silent films to talkies. The musical features classic hits including “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Good Morning,” “Moses Supposes” and of course, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Ellison most recently starred as Paulette in Legally Blonde on UK tour. Her other stage credits include Boeing Boeing, Chicago, Cinderella and Calendar Girls. She played Emily Shadwick in the television soap Brookside. Her other TV and film credits include Lynda La Plante’s The Commander: Abduction, Hotel Babylon, The Verdict, The Phantom of the Opera and The Cottage.