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Aladdin – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: David Jobson What makes a good pantomime – is it celebrities, big sets or special effects? Or does it need plenty of laughs, fun and high jinx.  If Salisbury Playhouse’s contribution is anything to go by it is certainly the latter, together with a creative team that knows their pantomimes and love their ...

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Aladdin – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The cast of Aladdin at The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and lyrics: Carol Sloman Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Reviewer: Michael Gray Here be dragons … Mark Walters’ fairy-tale designs for this year’s panto at the Queen’s are charminglyOriental, with dragons around the proscenium, on the cloths and even projected onto the auditorium carpet and the walls. There are lovely ruins in the ...

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Roll Over Beethoven – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

  Writer: Bob Eaton Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Michael Gray Can’t get to see Sherlock’s Sweet Prince? Here’s Hornchurch’s home-grown Johnny Hamlet in a real-deal rock-and-roll re-working of Shakespeare. And while Cumberbatch has only Nat King Cole on his phonograph, the Queen’s offers a whole jukebox full of familiar sounds from the 50s, raucously filling the ...

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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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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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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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