Top Hat tickets now on sale!

We’re pleased to announce that tickets for our autumn production of Top Hat are now on sale.

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits – including “Cheek to Cheek”, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat dazzles with beautiful costumes, breath-taking dance and captivating comedy.

Geoids’ production of Top Hat will be London’s amateur premiere of this show and will transform the Bridewell Theatre into an Art Deco wonderland worthy of this joyful score.

Top Hat runs from Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November, with performances starting at 7:30pm each night, and an additional matinee performance at 2:30pm on Saturday 4th November.

Tickets can be purchased from our online box office.

Top Hat cast announced

We are thrilled to share the cast for our autumn production – and the London amateur premiere – of Top Hat. Thank you so much to all those who came along to audition.

Top Hat is directed by Tal Hewitt with musical direction by Paul Cozens and choreography by Charlie Welch (Tap Choreographer) and Lemington Ridley (Ballroom Choreographer & Costume). Giles Burden returns as Technical Producer and Katy Robinson is Company Manager.

The Top Hat cast

The Ladies
Becky Thomas
Breeana Gardiner
Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Green
Daisy Fordham
Grace Iglesias Fernandez (Madge)
Kate Vlietstra
Nathalie Joel Smith (Dale)
Nichola Welch
Pippa Welch
Siobhan Aarons
Victoria Back

The Men
Barry O’Reilly
Dan Geller (Beddini)
Daniel Paul (Bates)
James Ledward
Mark Siddall
Nick Dore
Paul Brookland Williams (Men’s Dance Captain)
Paul Nicholas Dyke (Jerry)
Sean Westwood
Sebastiaan Douma
Stephen Hewitt (Horace)
Tim Garrad
Will Howells

There are still opportunities to get involved behind the scenes. If you’re interested, please email the production team on tophat@geoidsmt.co.uk. Tickets will be released for sale soon.

Top Hat production team and auditions announced

We’re very excited to announce the production team and audition dates for Top Hat. The show will be at the Bridewell Theatre each evening at 7:30pm from Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November 7:30pm with an additional matinee on Saturday 4th at 2:30pm.

Top Hat production teamOur fantastic production team have been working behind the scenes and are ready and raring to go. They are…

Director: Tal Hewitt
Musical Director: Paul Cozens
Costume Designer & Ballroom Choreographer: Lemington Ridley
Tap Choreographer: Charlie Welch
Technical Producer: Giles Burden
Company Manager: Katy Robinson

Auditions will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July with recalls on Sunday 6th August. For full information on auditioning, including how to book your place, download the audition notice (PDF).

Announcing our 2017 season

With our last show of 2016, On the Twentieth Century, about to get under way, it’s time to look ahead to next year. We’re very excited about the programme we’ve put together which features some very different but complementary shows with a lots of opportunities for people to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

Over the last few years, we’ve produced our 48-hour panto, one big spring production and one big autumn production. For 2017, we’re adding a summer production too!

48-hour pantomime

It wouldn’t be a Geoids season without our now traditional 48-hour panto – oh no it wouldn’t!

We’re back at the LOST Theatre on Sunday 15th January for a one-off performance of a new script by Rob Benton, all cast, rehearsed and staged in one weekend.

Here’s how it works: we audition and start rehearsing Friday evening; we rehearse all day Saturday; we get into the theatre Sunday morning and do a dress rehearsal; and on Sunday afternoon, we put on the show!

It’s silly, fun and a big challenge, but also really rewarding – and many people have come back to take part year after year. If you’d like to be involved, keep Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January free!

My Fair Lady

From 4th to 8th April, we return to the Bridewell Theatre with this classic Lerner and Loewe musical directed by Daniel Penfold.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and made into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ attempts to coach her to speak “proper” English.

Its memorable musical numbers include “With A Little Bit of Luck”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time”.

Keep an eye on your emails for information about auditions.

A Chorus Line

In July, we’ll present a very different show. Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut.

The original production in 1976 won a string of Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, while the London production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

With a book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, its songs include “I Hope I Get It”, “I Can Do That” and “One”.

Top Hat

From 31 October to 4 November, we’ll be putting on our top hats, white ties and tails for a 2011 musical inspired by a 1935 old film!

Based on the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers screwball comedy of the same name, Top Hat is based on the songs of Irving Berlin. The fun story follows American star Jerry Travers and his tempestuous relationship with Dale Tremont, all told with comic characters, mistaken identities, tap dancing and beautiful tunes.

The songs featured in the show include “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”. The West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013.

Get involved

As well as lots of different roles for performers, the shows offer opportunities to get involved in production teams, from prop making and stage managing to choreographing and directing!

Every show requires a dedicated team of people to make it happen. If you’d like to get involved behind the scenes, please email info@geoidsmt.co.uk and let us know.