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Top Hat – Aldwych Theatre, 12 September 2013

Top Hat - Gavin Lee The most charming show currently on the West End closes on 26 October, so I thought I’d tap along for a second visit to say cheerio.

Alex Gaumond has moved on from the role of Beddini to play Mrs Trunchbull in Matilda, paving the way for his understudy Russell-Leighton Dixon to take on the role full-time. The Italian Singer, one of the multiple roles previously played by Mr Dixon, has been added to expand Martin McCarthy’s role.

Although I was initially disappointed that the female lead was not to be played by Kristen Beth Williams at this performance, her understudy Charlie Bull was filled with talent and grace and a wonderful chemistry with her leading man Gavin Lee.

Top Hat - Lauren Jade - Alan BurkittI would heartily recommend that you catch this show (a more detailed review can be found in my original post) before it closes next month. When closing notices were posted in June there was talk of a UK tour next year, but no further news has been announced since. It’s been a long time since the West End has seen such a polished and charismatic show – even on second viewing I was grinning with contentment throughout.

‘Top Hat’ is playing at the Aldwych Theatre until 26 October. Tickets available via

Jerry Travers – Gavin Lee
Dale Tremont – Kristen Beth Williams (u/s Charlie Bull)
Horace Hardwick – Clive Hayward (u/s Graham Vick)
Top Hat - Ensemble - WaitersMadge Hardwick – Vivien Parry
Alberto Beddini – Russell-Leighton Dixon
Bates – Stephen Boswell

Ensemble & Swing:
Maid/Lido Guest – Michelle Andrews
Hotel Guest/Swing – Caroline Bateson
Cab Driver/Hotel Guest – Jeremy Batt
Florist’s Assistant/Italian Maid – Charlie Bull
Shadow Jerry/Speciality Dancer – Alan Burkitt
Hotel Porter/Italian Waiter – Matthew Cheney
Hotel Guest/Featured Chanteuse/Countess – Louise Davidson
Top Hat - Aldwych Theatre - Gavin Lee Kristen Beth WilliamsHotel Guest/Swing – Matt Gillett
Doorman/Lido Guest – Jonny Godbold
Policeman/Assistant Hotel Manager – Ian Goss
Hotel Guest/Italian Waiter – Alyn Hawke
Speciality Dancer/Hotel Guest – Lauren Jade
English & Italian Hotel Managers/George – Paul Kemble
Hotel Guest/Lido Guest – Jenny Legg
Hotel Guest/Cab Driver/Italian Singer – Martin McCarthy
Hotel Receptionist/Lido Guest – Grace McKee
Broadway Chorine/Hotel Guest – Debbie Paul
Hotel Guest/Swing – Holly Rostron
Hotel Guest/Swing – Callum Train
Maid/Lido Guest – Lois Urwin
Concierge/Florist/Head Waiter – Graham Vick
Broadway Chorine/Hotel Guest – Alexandra Waite-Roberts
Top Hat - Aldwych Theatre - TheatreHotel Porter/Italian Waiter – Aron Wild
Resident Director/Standby – Fenton Gray

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based on RKO’s Motion Picture
Original Screenplay – Dwight Taylor & Allan Scott
Adapted for the stage by Matthew White & Howard Jacques
Directed by Matthew White
Choreographer – Bill Deamer
Set Design – Hildegard Bechtler
Costume Design – Jon Morrell
Musical Director – Dan Jackson


3 comments on “Top Hat – Aldwych Theatre, 12 September 2013

  1. rubyslippers

    Another wonderful review!!! never known or had such an exciting,brilliantly detailed theatre review site to follow…thanks so much Mr.j.
    Fingers crossed for a Top Hat UK tour indeed.

    • Deal J

      How lovely of you to say, thank you rubyslippers! I think I may know who you are – indeed we may have been on many of these trips together! But I am grateful you stopped by and commented. Lots of love xx

  2. rubyslippers

    …click click “there’s no place like home”. Have enjoyed EVERY trip with you immensely..memorable Day’s. Much Love xxx

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