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Top Hat posts closing notices

Top Hat

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TOP Hat has posted closing notices at the Aldwych Theatre. The Olivier Award-winning musical was booking until April 27, 2014 but will now close on October 26, 2013, after more than 600 performances at the West End venue.

Speaking about the closure, the show’s producer Kenny Wax said:

“It has been such a great privilege to have produced the first ever stage adaptation of Top Hat. We look forward to taking the production out on an 18 month national and international tour and over the years to come I have no doubt that the stage musical will be performed by both professional and amateur companies all over the world. I hope they have as much fun as we’re having.”

The show will tour the UK in 2014/2015.

Previously Posted: On February 5, 2013, Broadway actress Kristen Beth Williams (as Dale Tremont), Olivier award nominee Alex Gaumond (Alberto Beddini) and Clive Hayward (Horace Hardwick) will join the previously announced Gavin Lee (Jerry Travers) in the West End cast of Top Hat.

Vivien Parry will continue as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Horace’s valet Bates.

In addition, on January 28, 2013, over 275,0000 tickets will be released for sale taking bookings for the hit musical at the Aldwych Theatre to April 27, 2014.

Kristen Beth Williams will join the cast of Top Hat directly from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her other Broadway credits include Anything Goes and Promises Promises, which was directed by Rob Ashford.

She has been a regular performer in the City Centre Encores! seasons performing in Follies, Applause, Face The Music and The Marvellous Wondrettes. She has also appeared in the US in the touring productions of White Christmas, Turn of the Century, Singin’ in the Rain and Chicago.

Alex Gaumond was last seen in the West End playing Galileo in We Will Rock You and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical. His many other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre), Guys and Dolls (UK tour of the Donmar Warehouse production), Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre and UK tour), Kiss Me Kate (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Miss Saigon (world tour) and Something About You (Jermyn Street Theatre).

His many recordings include The Concrete Jungle, Scrooge and the Sondheim Tonight Gala Concert; and his first single, Here I Am, was released in June last year. Gaumond has also appeared in films such as Between, Jeffrey, Table For Four, Paranoia and Locked Out.

Clive Hayward was seen most recently as Bernard Woolley in Yes, Prime Minister at Trafalgar Studios. His other theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal Exchange Theatre), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre) and A Chorus of Disapproval (The Mill at Sonning).

On screen, Hayward has appeared in Private Peaceful, Silent Witness and Prime Suspect.

The cast (ensemble and swing members) of Top Hat also includes Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Russell-Leighton Dixon, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold, Ian Goss, Fenton Gray, Alyn Hawke, Lauren Jade, Paul Kemble, Jenny Legg, Martin McCarthy, Grace McKee, Debbie Paul, Holly Rostron, Callum Train, Lois Urwin, Graham Vick, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and Aron Wild.

Based on the RKO motion picture starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat finds Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arriving in London to appear in his first West End show. There he meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.

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