West End's TOP HAT Enters Final Weeks of Performances
Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography', 'Best Costume Design' and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', is now in its final weeks at the Aldwych Theatre. Enjoying over 600 performances in London, the West End production of Top Hatends on Saturday 26 October 2013.
Full details of a 48-week major national UK tour of Top Hat opening at Milton Keynes Theatre in August 2014 are soon to be announced.
The world premiere stage production of Top Hat opened in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre on 9 May 2012 following its sell-out UK Tour in 2011. Top Hat is directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer, set designs are by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs by Jon Morrell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations by Chris Walker, musical supervision by Richard Balcombe and musical direction by Daniel Jackson.
Gavin Lee and Kristen Beth Williams took over the lead roles in February 2013, previously performed by Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen. They are joined by Russell-Leighton Dixon as Alberto Beddini, Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick, Vivien Parry as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswellas Horace's valet Bates. Ensemble and swing members are Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold, Ian Goss, Fenton Gray, Alyn Hawke, Lauren Jade, Paul Kemble, Jenny Legg, Martin McCarthy, Grace McKee, Debbie Paul, Holly Rostron, Callum Train, Lois Urwin, Graham Vick, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and ARon Wild.
Jerry Travers (Gavin Lee), the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont (Kristen Beth Williams), the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and theIrving Berlin Music Company.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, RKO's Top Hat was the most successful picture of the nine movies Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together. It premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in 1935 where it broke all box office records. Within a few weeks, all five songs from the film occupied the top five places on the American Hit Parade. It is still widely regarded as one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.