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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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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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The Great Gatsby – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Adaptor: Peter Joucla(based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald) Director: Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray A jazz trio in the foyer and in the road outside, a stunning collection of vintage automobiles to prepare us for the drama within. In those golden Twenties before the crash and the depression, Jay Gatsby and his charmed circle live out the decadent ...

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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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Our Man In Havana – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Clive Francis, from the novel by Graham Greene Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray Havana Mojitos in the bar, Cuban Sandwiches in the café, a Daiquiri recipe in the programme – a very authentic flavour of Cuba for the first Cut to the Chase show of 2014. Graham Greene’s comic masterpiece is set in 50s Havana, before Castro and ...

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Our House – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Music and Lyrics: Madness Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:3.5] You’d be forgiven for presuming that a musical based on the hits of Madness would just be an excuse for a glorified sing along, however Our House, the brainchild of front man Suggs himself, is much much more than that. In the middle of the stage ...

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