TOP HAT REVIEW
The Bristol Hippodrome
Tuesday 18th – Saturday 29th November 2014
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based on the RKO motion picture
Top Hat has won three Olivier Awards, for ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Choreography’ and ‘Best Costume Design’ and it’s not hard to see why.
Jerry Travers (Alan Burkitt), 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.
The cast is strong with plenty of memorable performances. Stepping admirably 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, who both return to Top Hat having previously performed these roles in the West End. 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 Torkiaas Alberto Beddini and John Conroy as Horace’s valet Bates.
This is a fun production with the kind of humour you’d be happy to watch alongside your Grandma. The boys also enjoyed the show. I’d say it’s suitable for any age.
Top Hat was the most successful picture of the nine movies Astaire and Rogers made together. When it premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in 1935 it broke all box office records. The night we went, the Hippodrome wasn’t full, which considering the quality of the show, surprised me. I suspect this might be due to the lack of a specific gimmick, like the tremendous downpour in Singin’ in the Rain.
This is a beautifully polished production. The set, costumes, dancing and acting are thoroughly impressive. Highly recommended.
Tuesday 18th – Saturday 29th November
Evenings at 7.30 pm
Matinees on Wed & Thu at 2.30 pm
No performances Sun 23rd or Mon 24th
Tickets: £25.40 – £58.40
Concessions available on certain performances
DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED TICKETS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE OUR OWN.