Review: Top Hat at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat. Picture: Max Lacome
Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat. Picture: Max Lacome
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Life imitated art when Alan Burkitt sang ‘I’m in heaven’ while dancing Cheek To Cheek with Charlotte Gooch.

This iconic number was just one of the many splendid dances that peppered Top Hat. Intricate ensemble routines – the choreography reminiscient of Busby Berkeley’s films – were delivered with polish by the talented cast.

Top Hat is quite unashamedly a love letter to Hollywood’s golden age

As socialite Dale Tremont, Gooch looked every inch the star, draped in gowns including a £6,000 dress made of feathers, and her dancing was made for the silver screen. But she was more than just a clothes horse, her acting and singing not too far behind her footwork.

Burkitt resurrected Fred Astaire in the tap numbers, his skill and charisma shining through, but at times he crossed the line between inspiration and impersonation.

In the end, this didn’t matter too much. Top Hat is quite unashamedly a love letter to Hollywood’s golden age. The plot – a romatic comedy of errors – is nothing groundbreaking but the delivery had energy and flair. Until May 23.