Review: Top Hat at Milton Keynes Theatre

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FRED Astaire eat your heart out! Tom Chambers and the cast of Top Hat dazzled in this show stopping performance.

Known for his work on Holby City and Strictly Come Dancing Chambers portrayed Fred Astaire’s role from the film so well it was like he was reincarnated.

Quick, quirky, smooth, charming and talented Jerry Travers, played by Chambers, is an American dancer travelling to London to star in a show produced by Horace Hardwick. While Jerry performs a mesmerising tap routine in his hotel room he soon finds out the lady named Dale Tremont (Summer Strallen) below his room doesn’t appreciate his classy moves.

When Jerry first sets eyes on the beautiful woman he proceeds to fall in love with her and pursues her all over London.

Dale accidentally mistakes Jerry for Horace, who happens to be married to her friend Madge (Vivien Parry).

As the time draws nearer Jerry Travers must perform and by god did he shine, I could not take my eyes off of him, the choreography so smooth and precise everyone can understand why he won Strictly Come Dancing.

The show continues to amaze the audience with twists and turns with some lovely surprises.

For me the best part of the show has to be the music. Irving Berlin was a musical sensation with songs from I’m putting all my Eggs in One Basket to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and masterpieces such as Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Cheek to Cheek and Let’s Face the Music and Dance are just some of the spellbinding songs in the performance, the music is just fabulous I was constantly dancing in my seat.

From outstanding performances to breath-taking costumes and jokes that left the audience in stiches, Top Hat is like that book you can never put down.

Sassy, Chic and Slick Top Hat is by far the best musical I have ever seen.

by Ellie Brightmore, 15

Top Hat is on at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or by visiting