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Top Hat cast changes at the Aldwych Theatre from 5 Feb
Further cast changes announced from 5 Feb 2013, in the musical Top Hat, at the Aldwych Theatre.
Previously announced Gavin Lee will play Jerry Travers, Broadway actress Kristen Beth Williams as Dale Tremont, Alex Gaumond as Alberto Beddini and Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick. Vivien Parry continues as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Bates.
Top Hat, , which has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques, opened at the Aldwych Theatre, 9 May 2012, following previews from 19 Apri 2012, and is currently taking bookings to 28 Sep 2013, although a new booking period to April 2014 is due to go on sale on 28 Jan 2013.,
It is directed by Matthew White, designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Peter Mumford, choreography by Bill Deamer, musical direction by Daniel Jackson, costumes by Jon Morrell, produced by Kenny Wax, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.
Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
Gavin Lee returns to the West End where he previously originated the role of Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins. He went on to play the role on Broadway., His other London credits include Crazy For You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma and Contact.
Kristen Beth Williams joins the cast of Top Hat directly from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It and previously Anything Goes. She has also appeared in the Broadway production of Promises Promises.
Alex Gaumond was last seen in the West End playing Galileo in We Will Rock You and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical. His many other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre, Sunday in the Park with George at Wyndham's Theatre, The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre. His first single, Here I Am, was released in June last year.
Clive Hayward has most recently been seen at the Trafalgar Studios as Bernard Woolley in Yes Prime Minister. Previously his theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's Theatre, Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre. On screen his credits include Private Peaceful, Silent Witness and Prime Suspect.