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Hot Stuff – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Devisers: Maggie Norris and Paul Kerryson Director : Matt Devitt Musical Director : Julian Littman Choreographer : Valentina Dolci Reviewer: Michael Gray This shameless cult musical is nearly a quarter of a century old now; though the story it recycles has its origins in medieval Germany. But it’s set very firmly in the suburban 1970s, with music all the way ...

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The Elephant Man – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Director : Simon Jessop Music : Steven Markwick Reviewer: Michael Gray   Cut to the Chase, The Queen’s versatile multi-talented actor/musicians, are back on top form in this brilliant revival of Pomerance’s powerful drama, directed by Simon Jessop, combining spectacular theatricality with intimate exchanges. This is outstanding work by any standards. Strong concept, marvellous music, the director’s ...

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Boeing! Boeing! – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray   Back in the Swinging Sixties, this groovy French farce – kilometres away from Feydeau – was a hit not only at home on the boulevards, but in Beverley Cross’s English version, on Shaftesbury Avenue and Broadway. Cut to the Chase have a formidable track record in classic farce, and this ...

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Deadly Murder – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: David Foley Director: Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray     Not to be confused with Murder by Death, or Death by Fatal Murder, or even Murdered to Death – this is the three-hander by Manhattan playwright David Foley, also known as If/Then or Deadly Game, in which a jewellery designer to the rich and famous foolishly invites a handsome ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and Lyrics: Carol Sloman Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Carol Sloman Choreographer: Donna Berlin Reviewer: Michael Gray There is no end of fun in Hullabaloonia, the setting for this year’s spectacular Sleeping Beauty. Nicholas Pegg’s script sticks close to tradition, the jokes and routines are familiar friends, but it’s all done with such style and energy ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen’s Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig’s backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen’s workshop reveals, we’re not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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Gunmetal Blues – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Scott Wentworth Music and Lyrics: Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray   This cute, clever little musical is enjoying its European première right here in Hornchurch, and it could hardly have wished for a more stylish staging. Like Dennis Potter’s Singing Detective, it pays affectionate tribute to the film noir world of private dicks ...

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