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Top Hat! We’re tapping our way toward Autumn 2018

Top Hat, the 2013 Olivier Award winner for ‘Best New Musical’.

Let’s count them carefully. The show calls for at least eighteen handsome men in top hats and tails, all delicately touching their canes on the stage while dancing behind a glamorous, gorgeous couple who are almost floating on air. Hmmm, has AOS bitten off more than it can chew this time?

Fear not, we’ll be scouring the whole of Oxfordshire and beyond to find the cast we need to bring this classic show to the Amey Theatre in Abingdon. Even Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers might struggle to make the cut!!

You can find all the latest news on this production, including character details and how to take part, by stopping by our Current Show page here.

My Fair Lady returning to the Amey Theatre for 2019

April 2019 will see the ever-popular My Fair Lady, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, return to the Amey Theatre in Abingdon for the first time since 2008. This will be the fourth time AOS has performed the show, with earlier versions in 1993 and 1976.

My Fair Lady 1993
My Fair Lady in 1993

Rehearsals for the production will begin in November 2017 and we’ll be looking for the perfect cast to bring this fantastic show to life. My Fair Lady made its debut on Broadway in 1956, with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in the lead roles. It’s interesting that, ever since Rex Harrison’s non-singing portrayal of Henry Higgins was first seen, it’s been the standard that other actors have tried to achieve. Even actors with wonderful singing voices slip into a Rex Harrison impersonation when they take on this role. Will this hold true for our new production?

My Fair Lady 1976
My Fair Lady in 1976

The director for My Fair Lady will be Joy Skeels, whose previous directing credits with AOS include Sister Act, Barnum and Crazy For You. Joining Joy will be Mark Denton as musical director and Jess Townsend as choreographer.

Keep your eye on our Future Show Page if you’d like to stay up-to-date with all the production news for this show.