‘Top Hat will transport you back to the Hollywood era’

Top Hat The Musical, starring Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch
Top Hat The Musical, starring Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch
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The gorgeous, glamorous world of the classic Hollywood movie musical is being brought to life – in glorious technicolour – as the Top Hat tour comes to the North West.

Triple Olivier Award-winning musical Top Hat – featuring the classic songs of Irving Berlin and based on the much-loved film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – comes to the Opera House, Manchester from Tuesday.

Stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, are Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch, who both return to Top Hat having previously performed these roles in the West End.

Charlotte – living up to her character’s glamorous image, the middle of fixing her false eyelashes, ready for a matinee show – said: “It’s absolutely a girl’s dream, the ultimate game of fancy dress.

“Top Hat is stunning, the costumes, the set is beautiful, and it transports you back to the magical Hollywood era.

“People love it’s pure escapism, and for me getting to trot along in these gowns and hats and shawls is wonderful.

“Today’s fashions of skinny jeans are just not quite the same.”

The show tells of Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, as he arrives in London to appear in his first West End show – where he meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart. 

Performed by a cast of 29 and accompanied by 11 live musicians, this multi award-winning musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the movie such as Cheek To Cheek, Isn’t It A Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain and Top Hat, White Tie And Tails.  In addition, from Berlin’s 1,200 strong back catalogue, a further 10 numbers have been added, including well-loved favourites Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Puttin’ On the Ritz.

* Top Hat, Opera House, Manchester, Tuesday, February 10 to Saturday, February 21.

Call 0844 871 3019 for tickets from £19.