Hornchurch Heads Out Nationwide
Lyrics are by Richard O'Brien and the score is by Richard Hartley. Emma-Jane Appleyard plays Dolores and Jonathan Wrather is Al Wheeler. The Queen's artistic director Bob Carlton directs with musical direction by Barry Robins and choreography by Liz Marsh; the designer is Rodney Ford. After the run at Hornchurch, which ends on 19 September, the show goes on a national tour.
Resident company cut-to-the-chase... take over on 2 October with a new production of Amanda Whittington's comedy Ladies' Day. This tells the story of four fish-packers – Pearl, Jan, Shirley and Linda – who go to Royal Ascot as a treat organised by Pearl who is facing early retirement, and find after some preliminary flutters that they might (or might not) have hit the jackpot. It runs until 17 October.
A classic thriller by Emlyn Williams – A Murder Has Been Arranged – most appropriately opens on 30 October, just in time for Hallowe'en. It's set on the stage of a disused Victorian theatre in London's West End, where a party (with a difference) is in swing, to celebrate a 40th birthday. The fly in this particular greasepaint is that Sir Charles has to survive the day if he is to inherit a tidy fortune of £2,000,000. Is it the living or the dead who are most to be feared?
December wouldn't be December without a home-grown pantomime. This year cut-to-the-chase... offer