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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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Our House – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Tim Firth Music &Lyrics: Madness Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [rating:3.5] Striving to be more Blood Brothers than Jersey Boys, Tim Firth’s musical Our House based around the music of Madness, ultimately fails to fall into either camp. Neither dramatic play with music or full-blown jukebox musical it is an odd hybrid which sits uneasily between the two. ...

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Our House – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music: Madness Book: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Dai Watts Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] The power of musical theatre is that it can be endless re-conceived. A recent trend has been to take large blockbuster productions and give them a small-scale, chamber musical makeover. One popular way of downsizing is to combine cast and orchestra. It’s a technique ...

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