Top Hat

31 January - 3 February 2018

London Oratory School Theatre
Seagrave Road
SW6 1RX 

Director: Stuart Burrows
Musical director: Sam Fisher
Choreographer: Kim Findlay
Assistant director: Aimee Parnell
Producer: Alice Berrido

Read the Musical Theatre Musings Review
Read the NODA review

About the show:

Following its successful West End run and UK tour, Cygnets were thrilled to be one of the first amateur companies to bring to the stage one of the greatest dance musicals of all time: Top Hat

Top Hat brings together the glamour of Hollywood's golden age, with the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This triple Olivier award-winning show is packed full of Irving Berlin's greatest hits, including Cheek to Cheek, White Tie and Tails, Let's Face the Music and Dance, and Puttin' on the Ritz. 

It 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 music, dancing, and a love story that will set pulses racing! 


Jerry Travers - Nick Moorhead
Dale Tremont - Charlotte Donald
Horace Hardwick - Neil Wease
Madge Hardwick - Kate Chesworth
Alberto Beddini - Adam Walker-Galbraith
Bates - Jonny Clines
Featured Soprano - Deborah Lowe

Female Tap Ensemble

Emily Bowers, Natalie Cave, Ali Coates-Newman, Charlotte Critchlow, Laura Crowley, Siana French, Lucy Hennessy, Deborah Lowe, Amy Matthewson, Gemma Melhuish, Phillipa Millhouse, Sally Reeve, Michelle Remnant, Vicki Rice, Beci Sageman, Kim Schenkelaars, Laura Smith

Female Ensemble

Abigail Bennetton, Ailie Donaldson, Phoebe Fleetham, Gemma Miles, Rosie Miles, Emma Ollis, Aimee Parnell, Nicky Radford, Rachel Ratcliffe

Male Ensemble

Sean Anderson, Alykhan Merali, Alex McKinven, Peter O'Donovan, Ewan Ridgewell, Andrew Thompson, Josh Yard



Keys - Kris Rawlinson
Drums - Dave Longman
Double Bass - Simone Lai
Guitar - Symphorien Demares
Violin 1 - Iryna Glyebova
Violin 2 -Ben Papworth
Viola - Paul Cozens
Cello - Hannah Chappell
Trumpet 1 - Billy Fisher
Trumpet 2 - Shannon Gateley
Trombone - Chris Doyle
Reeds 1 - Rob Greenwood
Reeds 2 - Harriet Maureen
Reeds 3 - Nick Bottini


Photography by Ed Thompson & Russell Hughes

A Murder Is Announced








Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 May 2018

St Barnabas Church
146 Lavenham Road
SW18 5EP

Director - Jeff Raggett
Producers - Adam Walker-Galbraith & Gemma Miles


Read the NODA Review

About the show:

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…


Miss Marple - Carole Stewart
Letitia Blacklock - Gemma Ronte
Dora Bunner - Alison Walters
Julia Simmons - Jamie Hughes
Patrick Simmons - Sam Cunningham
Mitzi - Abbie Minnock
Phillipa Haymes - Phoebe Fleetham
Miss Swettenham - Lizzie Kempson
Edmund Swettenham - Jake Wells
Inspector Craddock - Ian Ward
Sergeant Mellors - Joe Beecroft
Rudi Schertz - Ben Waterhouse


Photography by Deborah Lowe and Russell Hughes



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Show Reviews

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review


"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Phoebe Fleetham must first and foremost be congratulated for her role as Director and ensuring this production was slick, highly polished and a resounding success."

"Keith Walters, Rosie Orchard, Joanne Frazer and Paul Nicholas Dyke provided the principal ‘line up’ for this show and it was impossible to fault their performances in anyway. Virtually on stage throughout the entire production, I was hugely impressed with the characterisation of each principal, their consistent accents and vocal ranges. They were nothing short of superb."

"Will Prescott (1st Man) and Russell Hughes (2nd Man) provided additional light relief and certainly worked well together. Carefully maintaining their accents and characters throughout, their standout moment came in their duet ‘Brush Up You Shakespeare’."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"The highlight of the show for me had to be the opening of Act 2 with ‘Too Darn Hot.’ Vicki Rice, the choreographer had devised a number that all of the cast could execute with real flair and a huge amount of energy and had clearly drilled them repeatedly. This resulted in a real feast for the eyes and ears."

"I must congratulate Cygnet Players on a high standard of production; with a sizzling production number, leads that oozed their characters and a wonderful orchestra this is a great show to see if you love the golden age musicals."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings

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