Olivier Award-Winning Top Hat to Shutter at West End's Aldwych Theatre in October; New U.K. Tour to Follow

By Mark Shenton
21 Jun 2013

Top Hat, the three-time Olivier Award-winning stage version of the 1935 film of the same name, is to shutter at the West End's Aldwych Theatre Oct. 26, with plans for an extensive U.K. tour in 2014-15.



Prior to coming to the Aldwych Theatre last May, it had previously toured the U.K. extensively in 2011 and early 2012.

The production, which won Oliviers for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design from a total tally of seven nominations, will have played over 600 performances in the West End during its 19-month run.

In a press statement, producer Kenny Wax commented, "It has been such a great privilege to have produced the first ever stage adaptation of Top Hat. We look forward to taking the poduction out on an eighteen month national and international tour and over the years to come, I have no doubt that the stage musical will be performed by both professional and amateur companies all over the world. I hope they have as much fun as we're having."

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.

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 the Irving Berlin Music Company.

Gavin Lee and Kristen Beth Williams lead the cast in the roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, previously played by Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen. They are joined by Alex Gaumond as Alberto Beddini, Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick, Vivien Parry as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Horace's valet Bates.

Ensemble and swing members are Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Russell-Leighton Dixon, 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.

Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 847 1712, or visit www.tophatonstage.com for more details.

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at the West End's Top Hat With Alex Gaumond

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It's very high-tech here at the Aldwych Theatre. No need to actually "sign in."
Photo by Alex Gaumond