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Top Hat extends booking period

Top Hat

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

OVER 180,000 new tickets have been released for public sale as Top Hat extends its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre until September 28, 2013.

The London cast recording has recently been released by First Night Records.

The track list comprises Overture, Puttin’ On the Ritz, No Strings (I’m Fancy Free), No Strings (reprise), I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, Isn’t This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)?, You’re Easy to Dance With, What Is Love?, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, The Piccolino, Wild About You, Cheek to Cheek, Better Luck Next Time, Latins Know How, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Outside of That, I Love You, I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (reprise) and the Finale.

The show’s Christmas schedule has also been confirmed (see below for full details).

Previously Posted: Following a 17 week UK tour and seventy seven years after its movie release, Top Hat will receive its West End stage premiere at the Aldwych Theatre, where it opens on May 9, 2012 (previews from April 19).

Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen, as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, lead a cast that also includes Martin Ball and Vivien Parry as husband and wife Horace and Madge Hardwick, Ricardo Afonso as Alberto Beddini and Stephen Boswell as Horace’s valet Bates.

Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show and meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.

Martin Ball, who recently played Thenardier in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, was in the original company of Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre). His regional theatre credits include Mary Poppins (as Mr Banks), Dead Funny, Charley’s Aunt and Absent Friends. On television, he has appeared in My Family, New Tricks, Trial and Retribution, Doctor Who, Doctors, Hotel Babylon and The Thick of It.

Vivien Parry, who played the lead role of Donna for three years in Mamma Mia!, has most recently been seen on stage in Shakespeare’s Will and Great Expectations at Theatr Clwyd, where she has also appeared in Macbeth and Arcadia. Her television credits include Crash, The Bill, Outside The Rules and The Bench.

Ricardo Afonso was last in the West End starring in the principal role of Galileo in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. He has performed as lead vocalist in Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals tour and has appeared twice in The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall. His recording credits include Dreamer for the album based on the Terry Pratchett book Only You Can Save Mankind, and The Meerkat Muchachos for the album Bush Tales.

Stephen Boswell’s theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Playhouse), Round The Horne: Unseen & Uncut, Round the Horne – Revisited and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (national tours), Life is a Dream (Young Vic), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Royal Bristol) and, most recently, Double Falsehood (Union Theatre).

On screen, he has appeared in Ali G in Da House, Chaos and Cadavers and South Kensington (film); Kingdom, Murder City, Down to Earth, The Bill and Casualty (TV).

Top Hat is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until January 26, 2013.

NB: Prior to the West End, Top Hat will tour to the New Victoria Theatre Woking (March 13 to March 17) and Bristol Hippodrome (March 21 to March 31, 2012).

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Christmas Schedule

Monday, December 17, 2012 – no performance.
Tuesday, December 18 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Wednesday, December 19 – 7.30pm.
Thursday, December 20 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, December 21 – 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 22 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sunday, December 23 – no performance.

Monday, December 24 – no performance.
Tuesday, December 25 – no performance.
Wednesday, December 26 – 7.30pm.
Thursday, December 27 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, December 28 – 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 29 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Sunday, December 30 – 2.30pm.

Monday, December 31 – no performance.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – 7.30pm.
Wednesday, January 2 – 2:30pm and 7.30pm.
Thursday, January 3 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, January 4 – 7.30pm.
Saturday, January 5 – 2.30pm and 7.30pm.