12-23 May 2015
Reviewed by Cheryl Wesley
If you want a night of razzle dazzle and foot tapping then look no further than Top Hat at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Top Hat bursts onto the stage with Puttin’ on the Ritz and you know immediately this is going to be one of the best productions you have ever seen. Even if you have not seen the film before you will know some of the more well-known songs, Cheek to Cheek and Lets face the Music and Dance.
Alan Butkitt plays Jerry Travers and what a leading man he is. His performance seemed effortless and he made a witty handsome Jerry. The chemistry between Jerry and his love of his life Dale Tremont was very believable. Dale was played by Charlotte Gooch and they took you through the story of how they fell in love.
As well as this, alongside the love story there is a sense of humour and comedy that runs throughout the performance, which is very entertaining, Bates portrayed by John Conroy was by far my favourite supporting cast member, with his hilarious one liners and bazaar costumes I imagine it must be a fun character to play.
It’s clear to see that no expense has been spared in this production. There were loads of costume changes, it’s hard to know how the actors kept up with it! This included all the beautiful dresses and Top Hat and Tails of the era filled with sequins and diamante’s so the ladies sparkle and shimmered their way across the dance floor.
The set was also essential in telling the story whether it was the Venice scene were at the back was a beech scene with four sunbathers subtly adjusting their swimming costumes (as you do when on a beach) or the revolving bedroom where Dale Tremont gets annoyed with Jerry.
We were up in the dress circle which gave us a full view of the stage and in our opinion this was advantageous as it enabled you to watch the dance as a whole if you wanted to.
Overall a top tapping entertaining performance and we will be telling everyone to go and watch it!
Tickets cost from £19 to £43 (Booking fees may apply).
Top Hat is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 23 May 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811