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Top Hat

Toe-Tapping Musical, Back By Popular Demand

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16 November - 30 December

Evening performances from Wed - Sat
Sat and Sun matinees from 19 Nov
Sun evenings 11 and 18 Dec
Midweek matinees 22, 28, 29 Dec


Restaurant open and serving lunch from 12.15pm – 2pm
Performance starts 2.15pm
Restaurant open and serving dinner from 6.15pm – 8pm
Performance starts 8.15pm

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Irving Berlin‘s dazzling musical TOP HAT was a huge success for The Mill last Christmas, with the Sunday Times calling it one of the Hottest Tickets in Town.

Many of our customers didn’t get to see it and some want to see it again. So by popular demand, we are delighted to bring TOP HAT back for a short, fabulous run from 16 November – 30 December 2022.

TOP HAT brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the magic of the world-famous dance partnership of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers to the stage. This 2011 musical based on the 1935 film of the same name, tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont. With an uplifting and entertaining script, this show celebrates 1930s song, style and romance. Underpinning every scene are Irving Berlin’s magnificent songs including Puttin’ On the Ritz, Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t This a Lovely Day and of course Top Hat, White Tie & Tails.

As usual our talented creative team will put together stunning settings, sparkling costumes, heavenly choreography, a tip-top cast all wrapped up with – as Irving Berlin says – “music and love and romance

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based on RKO’S Motion Picture
Book by Howard Jacques & Matthew White
La Duca tap shoes kindly sponsored by Mill Angels Len & Ann Roberts
The Chorus Line of Top Hat & Tails kindly sponsored by Rob & Julie Spendley of Robertsons & Crawford Ltd
Billie Kay’s Cheek to Cheek feathered gown kindly sponsored by Mrs Jasmine Huxtable

Production Photography by Andreas Lambis Photography.

DirectorJonathan O'Boyle
ChoreographerAshley Nottingham
Set DesignerJason Denvir
Musical Arrangements and Musical DirectorFrancis Goodhand
Costume DesignerNatalie Titchener
Sound DesignerChris Whybrow
Lighting DesignerNic Farman
CastingJane Deitch
Associate ChoreographerCharlene Ford

Cast List
Hannah Amin - Ensemble
Billie-Kay - Dale Tremont
Joe Boyle - Ensemble, Understudy Jerry Travers
Brendan Cull - Bates
George Deller - Ensemble, Swing
Nathan Elwick - Ensemble, Understudy Horace
Gabriela Gregorian - Ensemble, Swing and Dance Captain
Leah Harris - Ensemble, Understudy Madge
Paul Kemble - Horace Hardwick
Reece Kerridge - Ensemble, Understudy Bates & Beddini
Jonny Labey - Jerry Travers
Greta McKinnon - Ensemble, Understudy Dale Tremont
Julia J Nagle - Madge
Andy Rees - Beddini

Joe Atkin-Reeves - Saxophone, Clarinets and Flutes
Callum White - Drum Kit and Percussion


Plenty of vim and heart in this Irving Berlin revival...Jonathan O'Boyle's celebration of the songs of Berlin arrives at the right moment

The Times

Strictly amazing. The tap numbers stole the show: the lightning-quick feet of Jonny Labey left the audience breathless. A festive feast for the eyes and ears. Fantastically uplifting

Wokingham Today

The music by a three-piece band often sounding like a full orchestra, the stunning dance routines, singing and dancing and acting, were all spectacular

Newbury Today

It's the whole package...a bijou theatre space of infinite charm, a musical full of elegance and style. To steal a line from another giant of musical theatre: 'Who could ask for anything more?'

Musical Theatre Review

While this would be quite at home on a West End stage and deserves more life once this run ends, get yourself to The Mill and witness this absolute marvel of a production

All That Dazzles

Absolute dynamite, director Jonathan O'Boyle makes this production a joyous spectacle. As Jerry Travers, Jonny Labey leads the cast with effortless charm

Theatre Weekly

Director Jonathan O'Boyle has created theatrical gold, everyone is a triple-threat and with Ashley Nottingham’s creative, sharp, synchronistic choreography, everyone shares the spotlight

Spy in the Stalls

Tip-top tap joy! Last Christmas’s hottest dinner-theatre ticket is back, just as bold, bright, and uplifting

The Reviews Hub

Prepare to be dazzled! Tap-tastic Top Hat is superbly put together and stunningly executed in the intimate setting of The Mill

London Theatre Review

Occasionally you watch a show and realise they’ve got it all right - set, costumes, choreography, lighting, sound, casting... The Mill At Sonning know how to do a musical and this is it!

Theatre Reviews Design

What a show! Every aspect of it is superb. In the Astaire role of Jerry Travers, Jonny Labey is superb, he has charisma and that ‘wow’ factor which is so rare

Last Minute Theatre Tickets

A glamorous soufflé of entertainment, this production of Top Hat delivers the perfect dopamine hit for these dark days. A charismatic leading man, beautiful dancing, a wonderful ensemble and the gorgeous songs of Irving Berlin – what can we say? We’re wild about you!

The Recs

An elegant and sophisticated production, Jonny Labey taps his way into the audience's heart, Jason Denvir's set design is first-rate and Natalie Titchener's costumes are stunningly stylish

London Living Large

A tip top Top Hat - The Mill at Sonning is in a class of its own when it comes to dinner theatre and this revival of last year’s Christmas musical with a new leading man among aome other cast members sparkles merrily yet again

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