The glitz and the glamour of the old school Hollywood musical is beautifully recreated in the sensational dance show, Top Hat, which returns to Milton Keynes Theatre later this month.
Direct from its award-winning tremendous success in the West End, (three Olivier Awards and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out), the spectacular Top Hat plays at MKT from August 26-September 6 at the start of a 22-venue national tour.
Stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont) are Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch.
The couple both return to the production having previously performing the roles in the West End.
For Burkitt Top Hat is a dream come true. He started his career winning the All England Tap Dancer of the Year award and was understudy for both leading men, Tom Chambers and Gavin Lee, in the original West End run.
Anyone watching Channel 4’s TV series, The Sound Of Musicals, will remember that on press night the leading man fell ill and Burkitt stepped on stage to win over London’s toughest audience – the theatre critics.
They are joined by Clive Hayward who returns as Horace Hardwick, the role he played in the West End, Rebecca Thornhill as Madge Hardwick, Sebastien Torkia as Alberto Beddini and John Conroy as Horace’s valet Bates.
Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show.
Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont (Charlotte Gooch), the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
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.
Nominated for four Oscars, RKO’s film of Top Hat was the most successful picture of the nine movies Astaire and Rogers made together.
It premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in 1935 where it broke all box office records.
Within a few weeks, all five songs from the film occupied the top five places on the American Hit Parade.
It is still widely regarded as one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
12-23 Aug, New Wimbledon Theatre
26 Aug-Sat 6 Sep, Milton Keynes Theatre
9-20 Sep, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
23 Sep-4 Oct, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
7-18 Oct, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
21 Oct-1 Nov, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
4-15 Nov, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
18-29 Nov, Bristol Hippodrome
2-13 Dec, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
23 Dec-4 Jan 2015, Grand Theatre, Leeds
14-24 Jan, Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff
28 Jan-07 Feb, New Theatre, Oxford
10-21 Feb, Manchester Opera House
24 Feb-7 Mar, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
10-21 Mar, Birminham Hippodrome
31 Mar-11 Apr, Theatre Royal, Norwich
14-25 Apr, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
28 Apr-9 May, Theatre Royal Plymouth
12-23 May, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24 Jun-5 Jul, Empire Theatre, Sunderland
7-18 Jul, New Victoria Theatre, Woking
21-26 Jul, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.