Aldwych Theatre Announced as Top Hats West End Home
Summer Strallen, Tom Chambers and Martin Ball Appearing in the Hit Musical from April 2012
It was almost this time last year that “Top Hat” was first rumoured to be heading to the West End and it took to May of this year for this to be confirmed, with Summer Strallen, Tom Chambers and Martin Ball all assigned roles in the West End production. However, one piece of the puzzle was still missing until today as the venue for the popular musical is finally revealed as the Aldwych Theatre, the former home of “Dirty Dancing”.
It means that Summer Strallen will be returning to the venue in which she previously trod the boards alongside Ramin Karimloo and others when she portrayed Meg Giry in “Love Never Dies”, the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera”. The West End theatre actress has appeared in a wide range of roles over the years and these have also included “The Sound of Music” at the London Palladium and “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Novello Theatre. She has also appeared on television screens in programmes such as “Hollyoaks” and “The Weakest Link”.
Meanwhile, both Tom Chambers and Martin Ball have also appeared in numerous previous television shows. Chambers has appeared in the likes of “Holby City”, “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Waterloo Road”, with “Top Hat” taking the form of his West End debut. Ball, on the other hand, has appeared in “Mamma Mia!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre, “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre, “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and various regional shows around the United Kingdom. His television roles include Family Affairs”, “The Bill”, “Wild West” and a 2008 episode of “Doctor Who”.
Other cast members include Vivien Parry, Ricardo Afonso and Stephen Boswell as well as a live band.
Screwball comedy “Top Hat” is a tale of mistaken identity that also looks at a man that performs on the stage. Jerry Travers arrives in the capital to perform in a new show alongside the well known Horace Hardwick, but when Jerry attempts to win the heart of Dale Tremond, she mistakes him for the married Horace and is horrified by his advances.
“Top Hat” is set to run at the Aldwych Theatre from Wednesday 9th May 2012 (previews from Thursday 19th April 2012) to Saturday 26th January 2013.