Confirmation of Top Hat in the West End
Thomas Chambers and Summer Strallen Joined by Martin Ball and Others in Spring Production
In December Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail revealed that “Top Hat” could be heading to the West End in the near future and this has now been confirmed, with both the previously announced Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen joined onstage by Martin Ball and others when it opens in Spring 2012. Though the venue in the capital is yet to be confirmed – in addition to the dates and duration of its run - it has been revealed that it will transfer here after a UK tour.
Martin Ball has appeared in a wide range of west end shows over the years, in addition to numerous further productions across the country and various television programmes. His credits include his current appearances in “Les Miserables” at the Queen’s Theatre though he has also appeared in “Mamma Mia!” and “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, in addition to shows at the Crucible Sheffield, the Nuffield in Southampton and beyond. Meanwhile it is likely that audiences will recognise him from his numerous onscreen appearances that include “Doctor Who”, “Casualty”, “Family Affairs” and “The Bill”, among others.
“Top Hat” is a well known screwball comedy that deals with mistaken identity and the stage. We follow Jerry Travers as he arrives in London with the intention of starring in a new stage production from the famous Horace Hardwick. Pretty soon he has an encounter with Dale Tremond and she mistakes him for Horace so that when Jerry attempts to win her heart she is disgusted by the flirtations of a married man. But Jerry continues to woo her and the action of the musical takes in a wide range of glamour locations. It is an adaptation of the 1935 movie musical of the same name.
Summer Strallen will be appearing in the production following her well known appearances in other West End shows, including Meg Giry in “Love Never Dies” which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination this year. Her other credits include “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Sound of Music”, among others.
“Top Hat” is set to appear in the West End in the Spring after a UK national tour.