Top Hat at the Theatre Royal Glasgow Review

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow

2-13 December 2014


Reviewed by Emily Crombie

Last night Glasgow was treated to a faultless performance of the award winning musical Top Hat. Based on the 1935 RKO film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Top Hat is the epitome of the Hollywood glamour of the era. The live orchestra set the audience in the mood before the curtains opened.

Top Hat follows the innocent story of American dancer, Jerry Travers (Alan Burkitt) as he crosses the pond to star in the West End. He has a late night altercation with fellow hotel guest Dale Tremont (Charlotte Gooch) as he disturbs her with his late night dance practise. Although there is chemistry between them, a case of mistaken identity leads them to Venice. The confusion is unravelled to a happy ever after finale.

The show features many classic American songs written by Irving Berlin – Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Cheek to Cheek and Let’s Face the Music and Dance.

Burkitt and Gooch give a faultless performance with the energetic and complex dance routines and are also outstanding vocally. Stereotypical Italian fashion designer Alberto Beddini played the role to a T by Sebastien Torkia, as did John Conroy portray the man-servant Bates as he undertook many disguises from a Dowager Duchess to a Gondolier.

Set designer Hildegard Bechtler produced an outstanding backdrop for Top Hat recreating an elegant London Hotel, the Venice Lido, a carriage riding through the London Parks and an aeroplane journey.

The Theatre Royal is centrally located in Hope Street and is within walking distance from Queen Street station although taxis are readily available. Cambridge Street multi storey car park is nearby as well. The theatre is currently undergoing renovation but this does not impact on the running of the theatre.

Top Hat is an amazing feast of 1930’s glamour, song and dance seamlessly interwoven with hilarious comic moments.

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £12.90 to £51.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

Top Hat is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 13 December 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.

Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647


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