This takes place after the pantomime; Aladdin closes on 15 January. The first show from the residential cut to the chase… company is Pick Yourself Up by Stephen Wyatt, a musical comedy with songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern. It’s a story involving glitz as well as gansters. 4-26 March are the dates.
From 8 to 30 April The Taming of the Shrew has something of a makeover. In a post-feminist age, this has become something of a problem play to stage, but here it will be transposed from 16th century England (by way of contemporary Italian city-states) to the 19th century Wild West of America.
The touring production of The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien has almost certainly been to a theatre near you after the past year. The Queen’s production between 13 May and 11 June is, however, a brand-new one. cut to the chase… always plays to its musical strengths and has a proven track record for slightly creepy as well as more straightforward work, so this should be an interesting revival.
Playgoers like a bargain in the theatre as well as in the shops. The Jump the Q booking initiative offers 40 per cent off the most expensive ticket prices if you book for all three shows in advance – £13 per show in the best seats. It’s not too early to organise your Christmas present list, and this could well be an alternative to the perhaps slightly less personalised theatre-tokens.