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Top Hat

"Irving Berlin's songs glitter and dazzle in this intimate revival" - The Times

16 October - 8 January
Evening shows from Tue - Sat
Sat matinees every week
Sun matinees from 24 Oct
Sun evenings from 12 - 26 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

Evening shows from Tue – Sat

Sat matinees every week
Sun matinees from 24 Oct
Sun evenings from 12 – 26 Dec

Extra matinees on Wed 22 Dec, Thurs 23 Dec, Thurs 30 Dec 2021

No shows on 24, 25, 27, 28 Dec 2021

Thurs matinees on 18 & 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan (Show Only – No Food)

Top Hat has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, even featuring as The Times’ Critics’ Choice with a fabulous 4 star review from Clive Davis.

All tickets include a delicious two-course meal in the restaurant before the show, except for Thursday matinees from 4 November – 2 December 2021 (plus 6 January 2022 which is show only – no food included).

From 23 November – 29 December 2021 we offer a  Christmas Menu. And don’t forget our special New Year’s Eve Gala with more food and entertainment after the show to see you into 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.

Please note that there is no 4 for 3 ticket offer on performances of Top Hat.

La Duca tap shoes kindly sponsored by 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 

TOP HAT is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Based on RKO’s Motion Picture

Book by Matthew White & Howard Jacques

Production Photography by Andreas Lambis.

Important Information for your Visit – Covid Safety Instructions

For the safety and reassurance of our guests, we kindly request that all audience members over the age of 11 bring with them proof of double vaccination. You can present this via the NHS Covid Pass within the NHS App or by showing your NHS Covid Pass Letter or the card that you were given at the vaccination centre.

For extra safety, we are also now requesting that customers bring a negative lateral flow test along with them. Please do this test on the day of the performance that you are attending.

To help with the smooth operation of your visit it would be greatly appreciated if you could have your proof of double vaccination and negative lateral flow test ready to show as you enter The Mill.

In accordance with the government’s announcement that mask wearing is now mandatory we ask all patrons to wear masks when walking around the building, ordering at the bar and while watching the show. All of our staff will be wearing masks and they all take lateral flow tests regularly. The performers test every day to enable them to work without masks.

Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Enjoy your visit!!


DirectorJonathan O'Boyle
ChoreographerAshley Nottingham
Set DesignerJason Denvir
Costume DesignerNatalie Titchener
Sound DesignerChris Whybrow
Musical ArrangementsFrancis Goodhand
Musical DirectorChris Poon
Lighting DesignerNic Farman
Original Orchestrations & ArrangementsChris Walker
Production PhotographyAndreas Lambis

Cast List
Jack Butterworth - Jerry Travers
Joel Baylis - Ensemble/Swing
Natalie Bennyworth - Ensemble
Charlie Booker - Ensemble
Charlotte Coggin - Ensemble/Swing
Brendan Cull - Bates
Jinny Gould - Ensemble
Tiffany Graves - Madge Hardwick
Alex Harrison - Ensemble
Connor Hughes - Ensemble
Billie-Kay - Dale Tremont
Paul Kemble - Horace Hardwick
Meg Power - Ensemble
Delme Thomas - Alberto Beddini

Chris Poon - Keys/Conductor
Joe Atkin-Reeves - Flute/Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
Callum White - Drum/Tuned Percussion/Timpani


Plenty of vim and heart in this Irving Berlin revival, with Cole Porter’s glorious Anything Goes still pulling in the crowds, Jonathan O’Boyle’s celebration of the songs of Berlin arrives at the right moment

The Times

Director Jonathan O’Boyle and choreographer Ashley Nottingham have packed an astonishingly tight yet fluid range of action, movement and emotion, all given shape and drive by off-stage music under the supervision of Chris Poon...The Mill may be a small space but this production really is a jewel in a gilded box

Henley Standard

A sensational masterpiece of glitz, glamour and toe-tapping charm

Wokingham Today

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 at Sonning and be one of the first to witness this absolute marvel of a production

All That Dazzles

Simply glorious production of the much-loved classic musical...If you’ve never been to the Mill on Sonning now is the time to grab yourself a ticket! If you’ve been before, definitely grab yourself a ticket because it exceeds expectations!

Mozart To Musicals

Slick and sophisticated musical escapism at its finest with never a step even half an inch out of place, this production warms all but the very hardest of hearts. No shortages of joy and delight to report here


Something to raise your spirits sky high, this production is pure entertainment, beautifully directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, with a magical, toe-tapping cast - everyone from the principals to the ensemble, triple threats


1920s glamour and toe-tapping musical entertainment… the dancing is superb

Theatre and Arts Reviews

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

There is literally no end to the talent in the performance both on stage and behind the scenes. Delicious food, a stunning venue and a spectacular performance, what more could you want?

The Live Review


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Conditions of Sale

ONCE PURCHASED THE TICKET MAY NOT BE EXCHANGED NOR MONEY REFUNDED (EXCEPT AS IN RESALES BELOW) The management reserves the right, in combination with any other statements or directives which may be shown on the ticket or as displayed on the premises to:-
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  2. refuse entry of and use on the premises of any camera or any from of audio or visual recording equipment
  3. request the ticket holder to leave the premises and to take any appropriate measures to enforce such a request
  4. delay entry of latecomers until a suitable break or interval in the performance/event
  5. make any changes whatsoever in the performance/event owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause
  6. cancel or abandon the performance/event for reasons beyond its control without notice and without being liable to pay any person any compensation or damage whatsoever other than at the Management's discretion, a possible percentage or maximum refund to the ticket holder of the value of the ticket.


In common with general theatre practice, tickets for the theatre cannot be exchanged or money refunded. If patrons find that they are unable to use their tickets, the Box Office will endeavour to resell on the understanding that the sale of the theatre's own available seats must take priority. A fee of 10% will be charged for successful resale. The Mill at Sonning Theatre Ltd Sonning Eye Reading RG4 6TY (0118) 969 8000 Registered in England No. 1367251


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The Mill at Sonning Theatre may us the personal information that you provide to keep you informed about our artistic programme, opportunities to take part in and way to support the theatre. We will store your personal information securely and use it in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulation (PECR) 2012

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