26 August to 8 September 2014
Reviewed by Dorothy White
What a truly remarkable show!
Top Hat at Milton Keynes Theatre was truly wonderful from start to finish. It had energetic dance routines, beautiful authentic costumes, musical numbers and even a live orchestra which complemented this excellent cast!
It was really difficult to keep still, especially my granddaughter Meghan’s feet during the tap numbers. Meghan, aged 11, was truly mesmerised throughout this show.
Top Hat includes the very catchy numbers Puttin’ on the Ritz, I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Cheek to Cheek, Let’s Face the Music and Dance as well as many more numbers from Hollywood’s golden age. All the numbers were fantastically choreographed and several included the whole cast, but alas were not all tap numbers, personally I would have loved more tap! Alan Burkitt especially was an outstanding tapper!
Top Hat, by Irving Berlin was originally made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers back in the 1930’s, but this performance in Milton Keynes brought it back to life. Alan Burkitt was excellent in his cheeky portrayal of Jerry Travers with his persistent pursuit of Dale Tremont. Charlotte Gooch was equally excellent in her portrayal of Dale Tremont who tried to keep Jerry Travers at a distance.
They were both wonderful singers and dancers, and their interaction with each other, and also the audience, certainly made everyone feel part of this production.
The scenery and settings were very effective, quickly transporting us back to the period, and between scenes. The costumes were really authentic, I especially loved the fantastic outfits worn by Dale Tremont.
Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick, and John Conroy as Bates, his very serious butler, were both excellent. I hadn’t realised there would be so much humour in Top Hat. I loved the way Clive Hayward threw himself all over the stage in one scene, and John Conroy was fantastic throughout as the straight laced butler who took on many guises to serve his master. Rebecca Thornhill as Madge Hardwick and Sebastian Torkia as Alberto Beddini were also wonderful, yet more humour!
Top Hat is a show suitable for all the family, and is on at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 6 September. Milton Keynes Theatre is easily accessible and very well signposted, plus there is plenty of parking available.
I can thoroughly recommend this show for ALL the family.
Tickets cost from £25.40 to £58.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Top Hat is at the Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 6 September 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ