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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.

What’s new, Buenos Aires? Evita is coming in 2019!

We’ve written elsewhere on this site about the difficulty in getting one of the ‘crown jewel’ shows. But every now and then all the calls and pleading pay off. And so, in October 2019, we’re excited to bring Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita to Abingdon.

The show tells the story of Eva Perón and her love affair with the people of Argentina in the late 1940s. It must have seemed a strange subject to choose to follow up the success of Jesus Christ, Superstar, and when Rice first suggested it to Lloyd Webber, he turned the idea down.

But in 1976, the pair released a concept album called ‘Evita’, with Julie Covington singing the role of Eva and Colm Wilkinson as Che. The first single from the album, ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’, went to number 1 in the UK charts, and a full staging of the show became inevitable.

Evita opened in the West End in 1978, with Elaine Paige as Evita and David Essex as Che, and ran for over 3,000 performances. The show also ran for 1,500 performances on Broadway. In 1996 it was turned into a movie, with Madonna taking the starring role.

Elaine Paige as Evita
Elaine Paige as Evita

Since then it has toured around the world in professional productions, with very few full amateur societies being given the opportunity to perform it.  Which explains why we’ve already had so much interest from our membership about this.  We’re certainly all looking forward to the auditions in the spring of 2019.