We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the forecast for the week ahead in Milton Keynes is wet, wet, wet.
But before you reach for your brollies and zip-ups, the showers will be localised – only affecting Milton Keynes Theatre.
Yes folks, from Tuesday, the smash hit West End production of Singin’ in the Rain makes its debut here in the new city, and this is one show that really will make a splash – with more than 12,000 litres of the wet stuff raining down during every performance.
Also making their own splash will be stars of the show, Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss R.F. Simpson and Coronation Street’s Vicky Binns.
‘Silent movie star Don Lockwood has everything he could want – fame, adulation and a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont.
But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is a rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk...and sing...and dance.
Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Seldon fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?’
Maxwell Caulfield has been a small-screen familiar in shows including Emmerdale, Dynasty, The Colbys and Casualty, and starred in Grease 2, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer.
His pedigree extends to treading the boards as well, in Chicgo on Broadway and in the West End, and on tour in productions including The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
He is thrilled to be onboard for a soaking!
“As a huge fan of the original movie, the chance to bring this story to life is something I couldn’t pass up...theatre work is a huge passion of mine and having dealt with a few studio bosses in my time too, I relish the opportunity to play RF Simpson in this glorious production,” he said.
Vicky Binns – who many of you will remember from her role as Tyrone’s cheating wife Molly in Coronation Street – is equally as happy to be in the critically acclaimed piece.
“To be in a musical of this scale and quality is a dream job for me,” she said.
“If like me, you have seen and love the film, it’s a real treat to see how it can be bought so lavishly to the stage. If not, what a way to experience the story for the first time.
“The part of Lina Lamont is a gift of a role as the writing is packed with humour, pathos and well...fabulousness!”
Since opening at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2011, Singin’ in The Rain has played to more than 750,000 and received four Olivier Award nominations.
It’s a show guaranteed to make a splash, and here for a two-week stay from Tuesday.
To book tickets – starting at £15 and rising to £45 – call 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes