""The show is a bit slow hitting its stride. It doesn’t help that the plot’s essential premise is so weak...""
-The Evening Standard-

"“The evening can be quickly summed up as ‘great songs, daft book’.""
-The Guardian-

Sorry, Top Hat closed on 26 Oct 2013

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About the show

The glorious Top Hat waltzes onto the London stage after a successful UK tour. Eighty years after the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers film was released it has finally become a dazzling hit musical. Set in the 1930's this show bubbles with charm and class, featuring the stunning skills of Gavin Lee and Kristin Beth Williams along with a talented ensemble, Irving Berlin's classic score comes alive. The show was recently rewarded with 3 Laurence Olivier Awards, including the highly prestigious 'Best New Musical' award. It has proved to be so popular with older audience members and visitors to London, and now features an additional midweek matinee performance.

New York dancer Jerry Travers comes to London for a gala performance, and stays in the same hotel as Dale Tremont, catching her attention by tap dancing on her ceiling. As the two eventually meet, their love-hate relationship blossoms, and Jerry decides to pursue her all over London. Mistaken identities along with a trip to Italy create comedic madness, as this screw-ball comedy hurtles towards its conclusion in the most glamorous fashion. The sumptuous score features new arrangements of classic songs such as 'Cheek to Cheek', 'Let's Face the Music', and 'Top Hat, White Tie and Tails'. This is one of the West End's most glamorous new musicals and is not to be missed.

Who Should See It?

Strictly Come Dancing fans will enjoy this dance heavy show which features some impressive talents from a hugely talented ensemble. The golden age of film is re-created  effectively onstage and is set to be the classiest new musical of the year. Fans of the film will enjoy the adaptation, along with those coming to the musical for the very first time.

Well behaved children are invited to attend Top Hat, as the show is suitable for those over the age of 5 years old. Please note children under 5 will not be admitted. The show is suitable for family audiences.


Jerry Travers - the smooth talking American dancer who comes to London and falls hopelessly in love with Dale Tremont. He catches her attention by tap dancing on her ceiling and follows her to Italy in order to dance 'Cheek to Cheek' with her.

Dale Tremont - the English heroine who refuses to acknowledge her feelings for Jerry. She falls foul of mistaken identity, and has her eyes opened in the final scene.

Horace Hardwick - the bumbling producer of Jerry's show that brings him from New York to London. He is a womaniser and spends most of the show avoiding his overbearing wife Marge.

Marge Hardwick - Dale's trusted friend who mistakenly suspects her to be having an affair with her husband.

Alberto Beddini - the Italian fashion designer who is is love with Dale and threatens to take her from Jerry. Provides much of the comedy through his mistaken understanding of the English language.


2013 Olivier Awards: Best New Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Choreography.

Playing at

Aldwych Theatre
49 Aldwych
Seating Plan

Aldwych Theatre seating plan

Booking period

19th Apr 2012

17th May 2021

26th Oct 2013

Running time

2 hours 50 minutes