Coming to Abingdon in Autumn 2018
Top Hat arrives direct from its tremendous success in London, winning three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costumes and the Evening Standard Award for Best Night Out, this spectacular tap-tastic show makes its debut in Abingdon in October 2018.
Top Hat is based on the 1935 RKO movie and brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Top Hat, White Tie & Tails’, ‘Let’s Face the Music & Dance’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat dazzles with beautiful costumes, breath-taking dance and a love story that will set the pulse racing!
Casting – Principal Roles
Tom Draper-Rodi as Jerry Travers – an American dancing star
Kerry Callaghan as Dale Tremont – an attractive young socialite and model
Rob Bertwistle as Horace Hardwick – the bumbling producer of Travers’ show in London
Ann Turton as Madge Hardwick – Horace’s wife and friend of Dale
Iain Launchbury as Alberto Beddini – an Italian fashion designer
Kevin Pope as Bates – Horace’s valet and right hand man
Soprano Girl – Olivia Hancock
Young Women & Rich Lady – Cate Davis and Ros Merriman
Young Man and Rich Man – Simon Blainey and Jon Ridley
Band Singer – Jon Ridley
Hotel Manager (London) – Phil Charlesworth
Assistant Hotel Manager – (London) James Hellem
Maurice – Phil Charlesworth
Concierge – Simon Blainey
Florist – Joy Skeels
Assistant Florist – Laura Huang
Receptionist – Dolly Thompson
Manager (Hotel in Venice) – Joy Skeels
– George to be cast
– Waiters to be cast
All who auditioned for tap dancers will be involved in tap numbers
+ Hotel guests, waiters and maids (in London and Italy), cab driver, shadow Jerry/speciality dancer, policeman, hotel manager, reporters, Lido guests, etc.