REVIEW: Harrogate Operatic Players in Top Hat at the Royal Hall

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Harrogate Operatic Players never fail to provide audiences with slick, professional productions and Top Hat is no exception.

Michael Kirkby’s direction and choreography are outstanding. The soundtrack and songs are beautifully orchestrated by Craig Ratcliffe.

The set is worthy of the West End and the costumes are exquisite.

The principal roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont are played by Stuart Hutchinson and Jennifer Hirst. They capture the timeless elegance of the era with wonderful song and dance routines. It’s lovely to watch the relationship develop.

Gavin Mills plays the constantly nervous Horace Hardwick married to the powerhouse that is Madge Hardwick played by Natalie Page, who gives a strong performance.

Dan Stanford portrays a flamboyant Alberto Beddini with a hint of the ridiculous thrown in.

One of the outstanding performances is from Clive Kirkham who plays Bates.

The dialogue is studded with one-liners.

The first act ends with the title song and leaves you wanting more. The supporting ensemble makes you feel like you’re on the Italian Riviera.

It runs at the Royal Hall until Saturday, daily at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets: 01423 502 116.