Praise for Tom Chambers in Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre
If anyone had any doubts that the show could stand-up to the Fred Astaire movie, then the late-performer’s daughter Ava Astaire KcKenzie’s opinion should put them to rest. She has come out in praise of the show and in particular singled out Tom Chambers, who portrays Fred Astaire’s role of Jerry Travers in the production, for attention.
According to BBC News, Ava Astaire McKenzie was in the audience for the opening night and described Chambers’ performance as ‘wonderful’ and praised the show for bringing the hit musical into the 21st century for new audiences to see.
In “Top Hat”, London theatre audiences see Jerry Travers arrive in the UK to perform in the West End for producer by Horace Hardwick. Upon his arrival he becomes smitten with the beautiful Dale Tremont (Summer Strallen), but she mistakes him for Hardwick, who is married, and finds his advances abhorrent. The result is a case of farcical, mistaken identity with plenty of misunderstandings.
Tom Chambers is a performer who has appeared in numerous television shows over the years, making him well known to those with theatre tickets that have witnessed the likes of “Strictly Come Dancing”, which he won in 2008. He has also appeared in “Waterloo Road”, “Loose Women” and “Holby City”, in addition to the touring version of “Top Hat”, which hit regional theatres.
He described Astaire McKenzie’s remarks as a ‘the biggest honour’, according to BBC News.
Summer Strallen is no stranger to audiences either, following appearances in the likes of “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre and “The Sound of Music” at the London Palladium. She also stars alongside Martin Ball in the production, whose credits include many high profile west end shows.
“Top Hat” opened at the Aldwych Theatre from Wednesday 9th May 2012 and is set to continue to Saturday 26th January 2013.