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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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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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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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Godspell – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Music and New Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray   Somewhere between Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar there was Godspell, a free-love, feel-good take on St Matthew with some pretty good songs. Matt Devitt’s bold re-staging almost convinces that it’s worth reviving. The playground is now a grungy concrete wilderness, skateboard ramp, wire ...

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Two And Two Make Sex – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Author : Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon Director : Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray We’re back in the Seventies – matador poster, inflatable chair, downlighters and eye-watering wallpaper. Harold Wilson in Westminster, Rodney Marsh at Wembley.And how titillating this title seemed back then – hinting at swingers, free love and the permissive society. In fact, of course, there’s no sex ...

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