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Jack and the Beanstalk – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Gemma Hawkins Director: Martin Berry Reviewer: Liz Stagg Jack, a lowly worker at Frank Furter’s Fun Fair, has dreams of a better life. The fair owner (Furter) is under pressure from the giant above who has eaten and frightened customers away. With the Giant’s demands becoming harder and harder to bear, a hero has to come ...

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Haunting Julia – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: Liz Stagg A musical genius, Julia had been likened to Mozart from a young age. However, her life came to an end at the age of 19 due to an apparent suicide. Joe has never come to terms with his daughter’s death and has never accepted suicide as the reason Julia is no ...

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Once – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Book: Enda Walsh Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Liz Stagg Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Once is currently being performed at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – the first professional production outside of London. Telling the story of a chance meeting of two music lovers whose worlds ...

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The Invisible Man – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Writer: H G Wells, adapted by Clem Garritty Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Michael Gray H G Wells’ iconic novella lends itself to the screen rather than the stage. Only one notable theatrical adaptation, by Ken Hill, most recently seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Until now. This world premiere of a commission from Clem Garritty – Artistic Director of Kill The ...

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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose’s classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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A Fox on the Fairway – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Michael Gray This pacey, undemanding comedy sees rival country clubs resort to desperate measures to take home a coveted golfing trophy. American playwright Ken Ludwig’s last outing on this stage was Lend Me A Tenor, a fast-moving backstage comedy. A Fox on the Fairway, getting its UK première here, also harks back to ...

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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it’s good, but it’s not what I’d call traditional…” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard’s script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully poor ...

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Partners In Crime – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Agatha Christie Adapters: Sarah Punshon &Johann Hari Composer: Alex Silverman Director: John Nicholson Musical Director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer: Nancy Kettle Reviewer: Michael Gray Watch in amazement as civilisation is saved by just eight actors with a few tricks up their sleeves. Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari have based their show on an early Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary, published ...

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