Visitors to Tredegar House could have recently been forgiven for thinking that a new television costume drama was been filmed at the Newport landmark’s location. However, the filming that was taking place were cinematic scenes for Newport musical theatre company, Centrestage Cymru’s, forthcoming production of the classic musical Singing in the Rain recalling the early days of Hollywood.
Centrestage actresses prepare for a take
CentreStage Cymru Chairperson Sharon Higgins, Stage director Peter Higgins, Vice Chairman Andre Paul Spring along with nine cast members spent a day of filming the black and white Singing in the Rain film sequences along with filming director/camera man Martin Phillips of film company, Red90.
“I’m not sure what visitors to the house thought as we arrived dressed in Period costumes, wigs and brandishing swords,” said Sharon Higgins, “many of the visitors followed us and enjoyed watching us film. Although it was cold the actors had a fabulous time and it’s an experience I am sure they will remember.”
The location filming cast of Centrstage Cymru’s singing In The Rain outside Tredegar House
There will be a chance for everyone to see the film sequences when Centrestage Cymru’s Singing in the Rain takes to the stage of The Dolman Theatre, from April 27-30. For booking details call 01633 263670 or visit dolmantheatre.co.uk
- A version of this article appears in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on April 1, 2016. All photos are by Andy Howells.