Fred Astaire’s tap shoes make guest appearance at Eastbourne theatre

Alan Burkitt and Simon Brown SUS-150722-115106001
Alan Burkitt and Simon Brown SUS-150722-115106001

The start of West End musical Top Hat, currently appearing at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre, had the chance to try on a pair of tap shoes said to belong to Fred Astaire.

The shoes belong to Simon Brown from St Leonards and were bequeathed to him by his mother, Elizabeth Webster, a fashion designer in the 50s who attended many showbiz parties at the time.

Fred Astaire was said to have given many of his shoes as keepsakes to friends. Mr Brown says the shoes are signed with Fred in three places, are in size 8 ½, which is Fred Astaire’s shoe size, and is made by Annello and Davide, a company renowned for

manufacturing theatrical footwear and ballet shoes.

Top Hat star Alan Burkitt said the shoes fitted perfectly – and gave them a twirl.

Alan will be starring at the Congress until July 25 with nightly performances at 7.30pm and three 2.30pm matinees on

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets £30 – £44.50. Book online at or call box office on 01323 412000.

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