Kristen Beth Williams (below) has been announced as the new female lead in West End musical Top Hat. Stateside stage veteran Williams will take over the role of Dale Tremont from Charlotte Gooch from 5 February in the Aldwych Theatre's Fred & Ginger-inspired show. She will play opposite the previously announced Gavin Lee as Jerry Travers.
Also joining the show on 5 February are Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick and Canadian-born actor / singer Alex Gaumond (below right) as Alberto Beddini.
Williams' US stage credits include Applause, Face the Music and Follies in the Encores! season at New York City Centre. She has also appeared in the world premiere of The Gershwins’ An American In Paris at Alley Theatre; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Atlanta’s Theatre of the Stars; Happy Days at Paper Mill Playhouse; Thoroughly Modern Millie at Moonlight Stage Productions; White Christmas in St. Paul, Los Angeles; Singin’ in the Rain at Reagle Players; Hello Dolly at Ogunquit Playhouse; Chicago at Pioneer Theatre Company; Swing! at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts; Camelot and Sondheim’s 75th Birthday Celebration at Hollywood Bowl; Ragtime and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Music Theatre of Wichita; and On The Town at Reprise Theater Company.
Hayward's stage credits include Cliff Turner in Ducktastic at the Albery Theatre, directed by Kenneth Branagh; Aeschylus in Frogs and Haig in Oh What A Lovely War at the National Theatre. Among his TV appearances are Prime Suspect; Afterlife; Passer By; D Day; High Stakes; Sirens and A Touch Of Frost.
Gaumond's West End credits include The Full Monty at the Prince Of Wales Theatre and on UK tour, Galileo in We Will Rock You at the Dominion and on tour, and Emmett in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, for which he received a Best Actor in a Musical Olivier Award nomination.
Based on the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie musical, Top Hat tells the story of American tap dancer Jerry Travers, who comes to London to star in his first West End show and goes head-over-heels for the irresistible Dale Tremont.
Top Hat was adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques. It includes many of Irving Berlin’s classic songs from the original film including Cheek to Cheek and the title song, plus ten more numbers from Berlin’s catalogue that have been hand-picked for inclusion in the show.