10-21 February 2015
Reviewed by Michelle Wright
The shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are pretty large ones to fill, but it has to be said that Alan Burkitt in the role of Jerry Travers and Charlotte Gooch as Dale Tremont do an absolutely fantastic job of filling them!
The show was a toe tapping 2 hours of classic songs and fabulous tap dancing which looks almost effortless yet completely mesmerising! The storyline was of a famous American Broadway dancer arriving in London to launch his first West End Show when he meets the girl of his dreams, Dale Tremont in a hotel. The plot uncovers a case of mistaken identity when Travers has to travel across Europe to win back the heart of the girl of his dreams!
There’s amazing dance scenes – some of the whole cast which are just breath-taking, there’s comedy from the butler, Bates and an extravagant almost pantomime fashion designer, timeless romance, incredible costumes – all performed with a mixture of classic Irvin songs such as Puttin’ on the Ritz and Cheek to Cheek.
When Travis finally gets his girl we see the famous dance scene when Ginger Rogers wears the iconic white dress. Charlotte Gooch almost floats around the stage as she dances and you will be transfixed as you are carried away with every swish of her incredible dress!
The standing ovation on this first night was totally deserved – all of the cast worked incredibly hard to out on such a mesmerising performance.
You’ll be swept of your feet and swept back in time watching this fabulously choreographed show which is very true to the original film – don’t miss it! Top Hat is showing at the Opera House Manchester until 21st February.
Tickets cost from £19.90 to £58.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Top Hat is at the Opera House in Manchester until 21 February 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3018.
Opera House Manchester. 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP | 0844 871 3018