Michael Brandon, Sandra Dickinson and Katherine Kingsley have been confirmed to appear in the musical Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre, alongside Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen.
Michael Brandon will play film boss R. F Simpson. Brandon originated the title role of the infamous talk show host in Jerry Springer -The Opera at the National Theatre and in the West End, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. His other theatre credits include Wet Weather Cover, On the Waterfront and Speed the Plow. On screen he is perhaps best known as police detective Lieutenant James Dempsey in the popular 1980s ITV crime drama Dempsey and Makepeace. Other screen credits include a recent episode of BBC 1’s Hustle, The Last Days of Lehman Brothers and a forthcoming mini-series This September by Rosamund Pilcher.
Sandra Dickinson will play Dora, a radio show host, and Miss Dinsmore, a diction coach. Dickinson’s credits include the BBC television series’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and 2 Point 4 Children, as well as the films Space Truckers, Supergirl and Superman III.
Katherine Kingsley will play Lina Lamont, a shrill-voiced leading lady. Kingsley’s credits include Hobson’s Choice at Chichester (Festival 2007), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar Warehouse), the roles of Marlene Dietrich and Madeleine in Piaf (Donmar Warehouse and the West End), for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, Rose in Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), The 39 Steps (UK tour) and High Society (West End and UK tour).
The Singin’ in the Rain cast also features Adam Cooper, whose credits include On Your Toes and Guys and Dolls, as silent movies star Don Lockwood, Daniel Crossley, whose credits include Hello, Dolly!, Chicago, Fosse and Mary Poppins, as Cosmo Brown, and Scarlett Strallen, who has appeared in The Music Man (Festival 08), Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as Kathy Selden.
Singin’ in the Rain is at Chichester Festival Theatre from 27 June – 10 September, 7.30pm, (except Press Night, Tuesday 5 July at 7pm), matinees 2.15pm.
Release issued by: Chichester Festival Theatre