FEATURE: Couple bring Hollywood romance to the stage following real-life engagement

Many of us may dream of a glittering Hollywood romance to brighten up the grey West Coast Winter. And one local couple are bringing the real thing to the Glasgow stage.

Musical theatre fans Greg Robertson and Claire Logue were thrilled when they were cast opposite one another as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Irving Berlin’s hit musical spectacular, Top Hat.

The couple, who met through their passion for shows, will take on the roles played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 film, Top Hat – on which the musical is based – when Paisley Musical and Operatic Society (PMOS) perform at the King’s in February.

Yet their star-crossed romance will be true to life. In dramatic Broadway style, they just got engaged.

Claire, 31, said: “I was caught completely caught off guard when Greg proposed. We had been out and when we returned home I opened the door to find our lightbox set up saying: ‘Claire will you marry me?’, and the ring and champagne.

“I read it but it didn’t compute. I turned round to him sheepishly saying: ‘What?’ He asked me: ‘Well, will you marry me?’ and I said ‘of course’ and flung my arms around him. He had designed the ring with a jewellery designer friend, and it fitted perfectly! I was shaking when he put it on.”

Claire continued: “With Top Hat, we’re returning back to where it all started for us. We met in 2009 doing a production on West Side Story at the King’s, and started dating in 2011. It’s really special to be cast alongside one another and in such iconic roles. We’re so excited.”

Top Hat will run from 20 -24 February 2018 at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Images: Kevin Moulds Photography