Friday, April 6

Top Hat's Astaire National Platform

The Irving Berlin musical Top Hat has just finished touring and starts previewing at the Aldwych Theatre from April 19th (opens 9th May).

Summer Strallen and Tom Chambers star in the roles Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire played in the 1935 movie of the same name. The show toured last year, took a break to do some tweaks and then visited another couple of venues this year to try out the new material this year.

I saw the show pre and after tweaks and have to say I loved it both times.  But the changes have put it into really good shape for the West End.

Fred Astaire’s daughter Ava is taking part in a discussion with choreographer Matthew Bourne and writer Kathleen Riley about Fred and his sister Adele who was his early dancing partner pre Ginger.   They are talking about Ms Riley’s biography of The Astaires - Fred And Adele, at a 45 minute platform at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre at 6:00 pm on May 14th.

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