After wowing the Olivier Award judges, Top Hat is touring the country bringing its infectious enthusiasm and the spirit of Astaire and Rogers around the country. Manchester's Opera House theatre hosted the latest leg of this affectionate adaption of irving Berlin's 1935 film.
And what a rare old camp night it was too..
The key to this enjoyable show is of course the music itself..
Irving Berlin's songs are timeless. Putting On The Ritz, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, Cheek to Cheek and Lets Face the Music and Dance are a delight, particularly with support of Jae Alexander's excellent orchestra. The big band returns triumphantly in this production.
There are some strong performances from the cast too.
Charlotte Gooch really impresses as the leading lady,with great comic timing and physical stage presence.Alan Burkitt is Jerry Travers,with Clive Haywood and Rebecca Thornhill as the unhappily married couple Horace and Marge also impress.John Conroy provides entertaining comic relief as the Jeeves-esque valet Biggs.
Wonderful support too comes from the highly energetic ensemble and special mention must also be made of Jon Morrell's fabulous costumes and Hildegard Betcheler's delightful 1930s art deco set.
The Manchester audience certainly enjoyed this classic on the night and the show runs until 21st Feb 2015
Published: 13-Feb-2015 (2954)