Top Hat

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London

Gavin Lee and Kristen Beth Williams star in the stage adaptation of the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance film Top Hat.

The theatrical production of Top Hat, which includes a plethora of memorable Irving Berlin songs, stars Lee as famous America tap dancer Jerry Travers, who arrives in London ready to appear in his first West End show. When he meets the irresistible Dale Tremont he realises she is the girl of his dreams and chases her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.

Among the Berlin classics in Top Hat that will get toes tapping both on and off-stage are Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Isn’t It A Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain and Top Hat White Tie And Tails.

Top Hat’s director Matthew White has previously directed hit productions of Sweet Charity and Little Shop Of Horrors. Both began life at the intimate Menier Chocolate Factory, proving so successful that they transferred to larger theatres in the West End.

Top Hat comes is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company.

WINNER - 2013 Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design (Jon Morrell), and Autograph Sound Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (Bill Deamer).

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Gavin Lee, Kristen Beth Williams, Clive Hayward, Vivien Parry, Russell-Leighton Dixon, Stephen Boswell

author: Based on the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott

adapted by: Matthew White and Howard Jacques

director: Matthew White

music by: Irving Berlin

lyrics by: Irving Berlin

producer: Kenny Wax, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies

choreographer: Bill Deamer

costume: Jon Morrell

lighting designer: Peter Mumford

set designer: Hildegard Bechtler

sound: Gareth Owen

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Musical
  • Duration: 2h35
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  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 4DF

  • Nearest tube: Covent Garden (500m)
  • Nearest bus: 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 68, 98 (Bus Stop outside theatre)
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross (900m)
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown. Parking meters outside theatre.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7836 5537 Minicom: 020 7240 9660 Fax: 020 7379 5776
  • Telephones: Nearest public telephones are outside the Waldorf Hotel.
  • Discounts: Wheelchair users and their companions pay the third price, which may vary according to the production.
  • Limited mobility: Dress Circle and any of the Boxes are the most easily accessible areas, and aisle seats are recommended. Seats J1-5, J19-23, C1 and C21 have the most leg room.
  • Access description: 1 step then 5 more up to the main entrance which has double doors opening outwards, with 4 handrails. Box Office counter on the right. No steps from the foyer to the front of the Dress Circle, or 15 steps up to the back (2 steps between rows). 26 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, and 50+ up to the Upper Circle. All steps are highlighted, with a handrail to the left-hand side on staircases. Theatre opens 30 mins before performance.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system in the auditorium with 5 headsets and 5 neckloops. Induction loop at left window of the box office.
  • Guide dogs policy: One guide dog per performance allowed in Box D.
  • Wheelchairs: Entrance to the auditorium is through a double EXIT door on Drury Lane, over a slight edge and down a ramp inside the door (handrail on the left-hand side), into a corridor which leads to the right-hand side of the Dress Circle. 2 spaces for wheelchair users plus one companion in Box D, through an outer door (76 cm wide) and inner door (69 cm wide). The doorway is too narrow for motorised wheelchairs. You will not be able to see some of the stage. Alternative space for a wheelchair user beside C1 in the Dress Circle, on a slight slope. Transfer seat at C1. Wheelchairs stored in the lobby. Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
  • Toilets: Women’s and men’s at Stalls and Upper Circle level. Further women’s in main foyer and men’s at Dress Circle level.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilets off main foyer at Dress Circle level.
  • Bars: 4 licensed bars. Dress Circle bar 24 steps up from the foyer. Further bars at the back of the Stalls and Upper Circle level.