Tapping And Tailcoats In Top Hat

Top Hat

Photo: Max Lacome-Shaw

There is something wonderfully feelgood about Top Hat. Based on the 1935 film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, it’s filled with tap dancing, catchy songs (including Cheek to Cheek and Let’s Face the Music and Dance) and romance. It’s jazzy, glamorous, sweet and funny, all in one expertly-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable package.

The show tells the story of Broadway star Jerry Travers who travels to London, interrupts a woman’s sleep with his dancing and then falls in love with her. Following a trip to Italy, some beautiful 1930s dresses and a lot of mistaken identity, will the couple have a happily-ever-after?

There are excellent performances from the whole cast and group numbers are perfectly synchronised. In the lead roles, Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch are exquisite — both have brilliant voices and dance skills, with Burkitt’s utterly effortless tapping impressing in particular.

There are so many things to like in Top Hat that even the utter madness of the plot line and the groan-inducing jokes don’t dampen the enjoyment. With its stunning music and dance, this is a show for which it’s definitely worth travelling to Wimbledon.

Top Hat is at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 23 August. Click here for tickets. Londonist received a complimentary ticket to review the show.

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