Top Hat

Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 September 2018, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Tickets: Tuesday & Wednesday £16/£14 concessions, Thursday – Saturday all £18. Group bookings available on all performances, buy 9 tickets get 10th free.

caods is excited to announce ‘Top Hat’ as our Autumn 2018 show directed by Sallie Warrington. Sallie recently directed hit shows ‘All Shook Up‘, ‘Legally Blonde‘ and ‘Sister Act‘ for caods. Clare Penfold will be returning as Musical Director for her second caods outing after ‘All Shook Up’ last year.


Following its tremendous success in the West End and recent UK tour winning three Olivier awards, CAODS is proud to bring the Essex premiere of ‘Top Hat’ to the Civic Theatre stage – with the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including ‘Cheek To Cheek’, ‘Top Hat, White Tie & Tails’, ‘Let’s Face The Music and Dance’ and ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’, ‘Top Hat’’ 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 and style. ‘Top Hat’ dazzles with beautiful costumes, dazzling dance routines and riotous comedy that will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Interested in auditioning for ‘Top Hat’?

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Top Hat, White Tie and Tap Shoes!

14 March – 18 April at caods HQ, Meteor Way, Chelmsford

Beginners 7.45-8.45pm / Intermediate 9-10pm

Our ‘Top Hat’ director, Sallie Warrington, will be running tap lessons ahead of caods next show and everyone is welcome! So if you are putting on tap shoes for the first time, dusting them off or can buffalo with the best of them then come along and join in the fun! £5/£7 per session (member/non-member) with pay as you go option available. Sign up by emailing

Tap Lesson Dates: Wednesday 14th March,  Wednesday 21st March, Wednesday 28th March, Friday 6th April, Wednesday 11th April, Wednesday 18th April

Member Open Evening

Wednesday 25 April from 8pm at caods HQ, Meteor Way, Chelmsford

If you are interested in joining caods on or off stage then why not pop along and find out what we are all about. Keep an eye on our social media or email us at

Pre-Audition and Audition Information – full call sheet and audition songs/dialogue/information will be posted here shortly:

  • Top Hat Pre-Audition Calls (all 7.30-10pm at HQ) – Friday 27 April (setting dance audition), Wednesday 2 May, Friday 4 May, Wednesday 9 May and Friday 11 May
  • Top Hat Auditions at HQ – Saturday 12 May from 10am
  • Top Hat First Rehearsal at HQ – Wednesday 16 May
  • Weekend dates are all 10am-5pm unless stated: 2 June, 23 June, 7 July, 28 July, 5 August (publicity day at Hylands Park), 11 August, 1 September (publicity day), 15 September, 22 September (10am-2pm), 23 September (band call/tech day)