“Top Hat is a 2011 stage musical adapted from the 1935 film directed by Mark Sandrich. The show opened on August 19, 2011 at the Milton Keynes Theatre, then toured the UK before transferring to the West End.
Top Hat, winner of 3 Laurence Olivier awards including Best New Musical, and winner of the Evening Standard ‘Best Night Out’ award, brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the West End in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Top Hat centers on a typical mistaken-identity plot, with wealthy Dale Tremont, on holiday in London and Venice, assuming that American entertainer Jerry Travers is the husband of her friend Madge – who’s actually the wife of Jerry’s business manager Horace Hardwick. Complicating matters is Dale’s jealous suitor Beddini. Beddini is disposed of by some last-minute chicanery on the part of Jerry’s faithful valet Bates, paving the way for the happy ending everyone knew was coming from the opening scene.
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 is an exhilarating celebration of 1930s song and dance.
“A musical like this comes round once in a lifetime.” – Sunday Telegraph”