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Steel Magnolias – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Robert Harling Director: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray Robert Harling’s classic tragicomedy, set in a Southern beauty shop, is cleverly constructed for maximum effect. Joy and despair, tears and laughter, with the one-liners, ripostes and put-downs equitably shared among the six ladies. The Queen’s do it proud. There’s “pink plonk” for the interval, or an exclusive Pink Magnolia cocktail, ...

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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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Beauty And The Beast – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director:Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Scarlett Douglas Reviewer: Michael Gray   Peter Rowe’s latest Rock’n’Roll panto,directed by Rob Salmon,takes the Beauty and the Beast fairytale,with itsgenerous slug of Cinderella, and serves with generous measures of great music – all performed by ten phenomenally talented actor-musicians. That’s the Wolsey tradition, as are live sound effects from ...

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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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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Full of enthusiasm, joy, passion and affection the musicalBuddyhas all the ingredients for a fun packed night out and it does not disappoint. The fact that this is a review of the 25thAnniversary production says it all about the production’s continuous audience appeal and quality. The show charts the rise and ...

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Treasure Island – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Chris Bond adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson Composer: Steven Markwick Lyrics: Chris Bond and Steven Markwick Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   After last summer’s Peter Pan, its time for Stevenson’s ever-popular story of “buccaneers and buried gold”. It is an amazing show – specially commissioned from Hornchurch favourite Chris Bond, with original music, largely inspired by ...

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