Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch to star in Top Hat tour
Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch will return to the play the lead roles in Top Hat when it tours the UK later this year.
Burkitt and Gooch, who starred in Irving Berlin’s musical when it ran in the West End, are joined by Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick, Rebecca Thornhill as Madge Hardwick, Sebastien Torkia as Alberto Beddini and John Conroy as Bates.
Burkitt, whose credits include Singin’ in the Rain and 42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre and We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, understudied the lead role of Jerry Travers as part of the original West End cast of Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre.
Gooch took over the lead role of Dale Tremont from Summer Strallen when the production ran in the West End. Her credits include Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre and in the national tour, the UK tour of Grease and the German tour of Cats.
The production will begin a 47-week tour on August 12 at New Wimbledon Theatre before visiting towns and cities across the UK, ending in Eastbourne in July 2015.
Directed by Matthew White, Top Hat is choreographed by Bill Deamer, with design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume by Jon Morrell, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen, musical supervision by Richard Balcombe and new orchestrations by Chris Walker.
Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, with Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comlet, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.
The cast also includes Lucy Ashenden, Thomas Audibert, Caroline Bateson, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Kristy Cullen, Paul Farrell, Ian Goss, Carys Gray, Alyn Hawke, Rebecca Hodge, Samuel Humphreys, Thomas Inge, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, David McKechnie, John McManus, George Olney, Ben Palmer, Holly Rostron, Maria Ward, Amy West and Monique Young.