Top Hat  Student Success

Phoebe Smart

Phoebe has successfully auditioned and gained a place at Tring School for the Performing Arts, where she will commence her full time training this coming September.

Phoebe has also been selected to join the Stage Box Elite Team, Royal Ballet School Junior Engagement Programme, Ballet Boost Associate programme, and has recently performed at the prestigious Dance World Cup.


We are so very excited to watch Phoebe's journey continue.

We know big things await... 

Jemima Smart

Jemima, just like her big sister has successfully auditioned and gained a place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. 

Jemima has an amazing voice and will be a wonderful asset to the Musical Theatre Department at Tring when she belts out her very best MT tunes. 

Well done Jemima, we are super proud. x

Oliver Finnegan

Oliver received full scholarship to Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.

Our second student in as many years to achieve this. Proud is an understatement.

Until recently, Oliver has been in Scotland filming the hit TV series "Outlander" where he played the role of Lord William Ransom. The critics were very positive regarding  his performance.

He also  performed at The Gielgud Theatre in Sam Mendes production of "The Ferryman"  

Oliver also fulfilled two contracts as the leading role of Charlie in the West End Production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Husbands and Sons at The National Theatre in London.

This was preceded by 2 contracts playing the role of Eric in the West End production of Matilda, the role his younger brother is currently in rehearsals for!! 

He has also appeared in several film and TV slots including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Creeped Out and Man in an Orange Shirt.

Well done Oliver. x

Rory Finnegan

Following on in his brother Oliver's footsteps, Rory gained the role of Eric (just like his brother) in Matilda the musical in London's West End. Sadly... he was unable to open due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He is currently in rehearsals to re open the show this coming September, picking up where he left off. We are super proud of you Rory.

Oliver Finnegan

The third member of this super talented family is the young Amelia, who will be embarking on her first European Tour with the National Theatre no less, joining her brother Oliver who is also on the tour. Visiting Austria, Italy, Germany and France.

Not bad for a 10 year old!

We literally can't wait to come watch you on tour Amelia...

Enjoy your adventure, and send us a postcard! x


Jay Jay Prince Lothian

Jay Jay has just finished appearing in the lead role of Young Simba in London's West End production of Lion King.

Before this wonderful role, he  appeared as the Young Michael Jackson  in Thriller Live, (West End). 

This led to a short EuropEan tour in this role too.

Not bad for a 9 year old! 

Jay Jay has also been in several commercials including British Gas and Tesco back to school.


High Five Jay Jay.... x

Joseph Duffy

Joseph has quite the CV for such a young man! Having just finished performing in Mary Poppins in London's West End 

He was also in both seasons at Kilworth House in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House Theatre) and St Bernadette’s Team as ‘Cute Joseph’ in Nativity! The Musical UK tour and West End run.

Joseph has also starred in several commercials and short films for McKenna Management. We are so proud of Joseph and his accomplishments.

Seeing him around the school is an inspiration to all those in class with him.

Keep up the hard work Joseph. We are all so proud. x

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Ella Tweed

Ella received a  full scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School, whilst still attending class here at Top Hat, before continuing her full time training at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey.

Past West End credits include: Verucca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lavender and Amanda in Matilda, and Original cast of The Wizard of Oz at The Palladium.

Ella also has several TV and film credits under her belt including: Game of Thrones, This Morning and Perfect Break. Ella can also be heard on many voice overs on tv and film.

She will be performing at the lead role of Beauty in Beauty and the Beast in Chelmsford this coming Christmas. 


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Well done Ella we are so proud. x

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Associate Programme Success Stories


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Poppy Evans

Yvie Moore

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