This first-rate Fringe theatre adaptation is not to be missed! *****
This energetic musical is engaging from start to finish. Top Hat tells the timeless tale of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont in a riotous mistaken-identity plot. Travers played by Joshua Lay is practically faultless apart from one time where he deposited a high flying Dale Tremont, played by Joanne Clifton, on another cast member. Joanne’s tremendous voice, amazing dancing, enigmatic smile and cat like tread commanded attention every time she was present on stage.
Darren Benedict and Ellen Verenieks as Horace and Madge Hardwicke provided many an acerbic moment. Other moments of hilarity were provided by Matthew James Willis as Alberto Beddini, Samuel Haughton as Bates (whse asides to the audience reminded me so much of Rene in ‘Allo, ‘Allo) and Marcus J Foreman who specialised in brilliant one-liners.
The set design by Emily Bestow was truly astonishing as it flexed to accommodate interiors, exteriors and even a horse driven cab! The attention to detail for costumes lay in the hands of Joseph Hodges who made you yearn to be surrounded by the grace of the Art Deco period.
Featuring Irving Berlin’s classic songs ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’, ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’, and ‘Top Hat, White Tie and Tails’ (the latter left me with goosebumps) earned a well-deserved standing ovation. This first-rate Fringe theatre adaptation is not to be missed!
Upstairs at the Gatehouse – runs until 28th January 2018
London N6 4BD
7.30pm start for 10pm finish
3pm start for 5.30pm finish
4pm start for 6.30pm finish
£10 – £22 (Concessions available)
Credit/debit card fee – 50p per ticket
Online fee – 5% of total transaction
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