About Top Hat
Seventy-seven years after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lit up Hollywood’s silver screen with one of the greatest dance musicals of all time, RKO Pictures’ TOP HAT is coming to the West End. Judging by the sensational reviews, standing ovations and sold out theatres around the country on its pre-London tour, it has been well worth the wait.
Tom Chambers (Holby City heartthrob and Strictly Come Dancing winner) plays the irrepressible Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society model Dale Tremont, played by triple Olivier Award nominee Summer Strallen (Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music, The Drowsy Chaperone).
Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, stunning tap, romantic ballroom and a little bit of Busby Berkeley thrown in for good measure, TOP HAT is a giddy, glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance, featuring magnificent sets, over 200 costumes and a love story that will set the pulses racing!
Top Hat runs for 2 hrs 50 min (including 1 interval)
About Hollywood Costume
Victoria and Albert Museum
20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Opening 10.00 to 17.30 daily, 10.00 to 21.30 Fridays
Sponsored by Harry Winston
Hollywood Costume shows the greatest costumes designed for the most memorable cinema characters over a century of film making. From Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and the little black dress designed by Hubert De Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) to Johnny Depp’s outfit from Pirates of the Caribbean (2011), it will be the first exhibition to bring these costumes together, many of which are on public display for the first time ever. The exhibition explores the art of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential way of building character and storytelling. Alongside the original iconic costumes will be film clips, projections and specially commissioned interviews with Hollywood directors, costume designers and actors including Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro.
The exhibition includes costumes from many of the greatest films of all time including Vertigo, Ben Hur, Some Like It Hot, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Titanic, plus recent releases including Pirates of the Caribbean, Spider-Man, The Iron Lady and The Artist.
Hollywood Costume daily admission is 10.00–17.30 (last ticket sold 16.45, last entry 17.00)
Friday 10.00–21.30 (last ticket sold 20.45, last entry 21.00)
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing.
We regret that tickets are not available for the Exhibition on Tue 11th, & Wed 12th Dec 2012, due to capacity restrictions.
Lead Sponsor Harry Winston. With special thanks to Mr David C Copley. With thanks to the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Travel partner: American Airlines. Technology partner: Samsung.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
Photo: Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (S12)
Costume Designer Adrian.
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