Review: Top Hat, Lyceum Theatre

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If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go Top Hat at The Lyceum theatre is a slickly stylish uplifting bet for the next nine nights.

All the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age is here, direct from London’s West End, as Sheffield gets ready for putting on the Ritz in a sparkling stage adaptation of the 1935 movie.

Two hundred costumes swish and swirl, tap shoes click and clack in perfect time, canes are twirled in dazzling dance routines made famous by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, all set to the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin.

The romantic comedy, which won three prestigious Olivier awards in the capital, tells the story - from New York to London to Venice - of Broadway star Jerry Travers, It Girl Dale Tremont, and their slapstick dance to romance.

Alan Burkitt, who has choreographed for Strictly, plays a tall but so light on his feet Travers while Charlotte Gooch is the gorgeous high-kicking Tremont. There are laughs from John Conroy as Bates and Sebastien Torkia’s Beddini, and sterling support from Rebecca Thornhill and Clive Hayward as Madge and Horace Hardwick.

With Art Deco sets, a comedic case of mistaken identity, a live orchestra and a score full of hits including Cheek to Cheek and Let’s Face the Music and Dance, it’s a toe-tapping evening of fun, fizz and effervescent escapism.