Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Singin' In The Rain & The Palace Theatre

Welcome back to Access London and Thank You once again for helping to support Disabled Access to the Arts.

Following its critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin' in the Rain is currently running at London's Palace Theatre.

"It's the roaring 20's 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.

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

Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen are a joyous trio, dazzling in the roles made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. They lead a multi-talented cast which also features Katherine Kingsley as the hilarious blonde bombshell Lina Lamont, Michael Brandon as the highly-strung studio boss trying to win Hollywood's biggest prize, the first hit 'talkie' and Sandra Dickinson as gossip columnist Dora Bailey.

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

Performances are Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. There are also Matinee performances at 3.00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Access into the theatre: If you are able to negotiate some steps then, there are two steps up to the foyer, through a set of double swing doors. The Box Office, however, has level access through the first door on Shaftesbury Avenue. The Box office also has a lowered counter for easy wheelchair access. All of the stairs in the theatre have highlights and handrails on both sides. There are 3 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 30 steps up to the Dress Circle, 56 to the Upper Circle, 77 to the Balcony, which is very steep. The theatre opens 45 minutes before the performance.

For wheelchair and scooter users and for those who cannot manage stairs, there is an Accessible entrance through a side EXIT door on Shaftesbury Avenue. Please contact a member of staff at the front doors on arrival and someone will open this door for you. This entrance has One 3cm step into the theatre and a slight incline to the Stalls. A ramp can be placed over the 3cm step for you, simply ask the Access Assistant who opens the door. The stalls have 2 wheelchair spaces in W26 and W27 with companion seats too. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats within the stalls. A maximum of 4 wheelchairs and 1 scooter can be stored at the back of the stalls per performance.

There is an adapted WC near the Accessible entrance at the back of the stalls. There is an infra-red system operating in the auditorium and an induction loop in the Box Office. Headsets are available from the theatre foyer. If you cannot manage steps, please inform a member of staff who will bring a headset to you. Assistance dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit during the performance. A maximum of 4 dogs are permitted into the theatre per performance.

There is no level access to a bar at The Palace. However, drinks can be brought to disabled patrons in the auditorium.

The next Signed Performance is on Thursday 21st June 2012.
The next Audio Described Performance is on Tuesday 11th September 2012.
The next Captioned Performance is on Thursday 13th September 2012.

To book discounted Access tickets to Singin' In The Rain, please call the Access booking line on 0844 412 4648.

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