(10mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right. When you reach the fork, veer left onto Aldwych.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 19th April 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th October 2013|
|Matinees:||Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 5 and over. Under 4s will not be admitted.|
Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 5 and over. Under 4s will not be admitted.
The film “Top Hat” first hit cinema screens back in 1935 and it has since been remembered as one of the great movie musicals. Now, more than 75 years after audiences first relished in the antics of American dancer Jerry Travers (portrayed onscreen by Fred Astaire) a new version plays on the stage of the Aldwych Theatre. This time around it is the turn of some of the West End’s best known performers to take on the roles made famous by these screen icons, but since the show opened in 2012 those that have done so have impressed everyone that has stepped through the doors of the Aldwych Theatre.
In “Top Hat” we follow Jerry Travers as he arrives in London to appear in a stage show from producer Horace Hardwick. But this being a screwball comedy things do not go according to plan and pretty soon a case of mistaken identity and romance sends things off course. Travers attempts to win the heart of Dale Tremont but she mistakes him for Hardwick – a married man – meaning that his advances horrify her as he attempts to gain her hand in marriage.
During the course of the show’s run many well known names have appeared in the lead roles, with Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen the original lead cast members before they were replaced by Gavin Lee and Kristen-Beth Williams. The resulting change ensured that audiences continued to flock to the venue and that they would continue to be impressed by the goings-on in the West End.
The show is one of many to hit the Aldwych Theatre to great success but it is one of the best known in recent years, following previous hits such as “Dirty Dancing” and more.
Top Hat opened its doors at the Aldwych Theatre on Saturday 27th April 2012 and is set to continue for some time to come.