Kristen Beth Williams, Alex Gaumond and Clive Hayward Will Join Gavin Lee in West End's Top Hat
By Mark Shenton
New casting for the West End's Top Hat will see Broadway's Kristen Beth Williams and the West End's Alex Gaumond and Clive Hayward join the previously announced Gavin Lee in principal roles. They will begin performances Feb. 5 at the Aldwych Theatre.
Vivien Parry and Stephen Boswell continue in their previous roles as Madge Hardwick and the valet Bates, respectively.
Ensemble and swing members are Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Russell-Leighton Dixon, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold, Ian Goss, Fenton Gray, Alyn Hawke, Lauren Jade, Paul Kemble, Jenny Legg, Martin McCarthy, Grace McKee, Debbie Paul, Holly Rostron, Callum Train, Lois Urwin, Graham Vick, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and Aron Wild.
Williams, who will play Dale Tremont, joins Top Hat directly from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It and previously Anything Goes, both directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. She has also appeared in the Broadway production of Promises, Promises directed by Rob Ashford. She has been a regular performer in the City Center Encores! seasons performing in Follies, Applause and Face The Music.
Hayward, who will play Horace Hardwick, has most recently been seen at the Trafalgar Studios as Bernard Woolley in Yes Prime Minister. Previous theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's Theatre, Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre.
Gaumond, who will play Alberto Beddini, was last seen in the West End playing Galileo in We Will Rock You and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical (for which he was Olivier Award-nominated). Other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre and the UK tour of the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls.
To book tickets, which are now on sale through April 27, 2014, contact the box office on 0844 847 1712, or visit www.tophatonstage.com for more details.
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