John Plews’ musical comedy The Young Ones, based on the 1961 film by Sidney J Furie, will premiere at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch this autumn. The show, which runs from 26 August to 17 September 2011, forms part of the theatre's newly announced season.

The film starred singer Cliff Richard and followed him and his friends as they fought to save their local youth club from demolition. Facing a ruthless property tycoon and his bulldozers, the group decides to raise money with their own rock concert in order to save their beloved club.

Set in London in the early 1960s, the film features a soundtrack by Richard and his band The Shadows. The album reached number one on the UK album charts in January 1962. John Plews’ production will be packed with Richard’s hits, including “The Young Ones”, “Got A Funny Feeling”, “Living Doll” and “We Say Yeah!”.

The title of the film was also used for the popular, but very different, alternative comedy series The Young Ones (1982-1984), which made references to Cliff Richard throughout its run and which used the Cliff Richard and The Shadows song "The Young Ones" as its theme.

The Young Ones will be presented by the resident company at the Queen’s Theatre, cut to the chase…, with direction by Matt Devitt and design by Rodney Ford. It is followed in the season by John Godber’s comedy Up ‘n’ Under from 30 September to 15 October, and the premiere of Chris Bond's new adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from 28 October to 19 November.

- Matt Hannigan