You are invited to the most enchanting pantomime of them all!
Join Cinderella on a magical adventure from rags to riches as her Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty fit for a Prince.
There’s no more scrubbing for Cinders, she’s off to the ball and you’re coming too!
The whole family can cheer, boo, hiss and laugh at the wicked Ugly Sisters, silly Buttons, handsome Prince Charming, the evil Baroness and dashing Dandini.
Featuring popular songs by a range of artists from Adele to Elvis, spectacular sets and costumes, side-splitting slapstick and audience participation, this traditional pantomime will delight all ages!
Young Persons Groups 15+
Havering School groups of 15+: £10 per ticket + free teacher | leader ticket with every 15 child tickets.
Young Persons Groups (schools/registered organisations) of 15+: £11 per ticket + free teacher | leader ticket with every 15 child tickets.
★★★★★ ‘I actually think this was one of the best Pantos I have seen and really think it’s better than some of the ones with big headliner names featured in them. It had all the usual sparkle, laughter, and music you expect and want from a traditional Panto’ – Nicky at Netmums
★★★★★ ‘Rich feast of glitter and girl power’ – Romford Recorder
★★★★★ ‘A new standard has been set this year…absorbing and enjoyable from start to finish‘ – London Theatre 1
10am | 1pm | 2pm | 5pm | 6pm | 7pm
£12.50 – £29.00
140 minutes including interval
20 minute interval
Relaxed Performance Mon 2 Jan | 6pm
Dementia Friendly Performance Tue 10 Jan | 2pm
Sign Language Interpreted Performance Wed 11 Jan | 7pm
Audio Described Performance Thu 12 Jan | 1pm
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In the beautiful romantic city of Paris, Prince Friedrich is turned into a hideous beast by a wicked witch. Can Cupid work his magic and find a great beauty for him to fall in love with to break the terrible curse?
As this is panto, it’s not much of a spoiler to say, yes of course he can (oh, yes he can!).
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s version of the fairytale is a fabulous, raucous rock musical complete with the pantomime traditions of audience participation and a scene-stealing Dame.
From the start it was clear this festive extravaganza directed by Martin Berry was going to be top class entertainment. Impressive stage sets and scenery transported us from a forest to Paris to the Beast’s palace garden (via a very creative bed scene), and the cast not only have very good singing voices, they accompany themselves on guitar and saxophone.
Sarah Mahoney, the cackling wicked witch Sprite, nails I Put A Spell on You, there’s a bouncing ensemble rendition of Dancing in the Street before Molly-Grace Cutler’s Towie stereotype Essex girl Souffle (Beauty’s sister) belts out Material Girl.
Other dancefloor anthems featured include Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepson), Shut Up And Dance With Me (Walk The Moon), Bat Out Of Hell (Meatloaf), Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen) and Here I Go Again (Whitesnake).
Oliver Beamish is the hilarious Betty Bonbon in typical ludicrous outfits, while Oliver Lynes holds it all together as Charlie Cupid. Daniella Piper is Amorette, the beauty of the piece, and James Lawrence is the cursed prince.
Local schoolchildren make up the chorus and brought the first half to a rousing close dressed as wolves with glowing red eyes rushing around the stage and into the auditorium.
The show has plenty for adults to enjoy as well as children. There are lots of chances to boo the witch, a couple of opportunities to stand up and sing, and plenty of call and response. So be ready to shout, sing, laugh, boo and clap.
This is quality entertainment, a great night out with or without children.
Beauty and the Beast runs at the Queen’s Theatre. Billet Lane, Hornchurch, until January 7.
The Queen’s Theatre proudly presents Beauty and the beast, based on the original French novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Adapted for the stage by Andrew Pollard.
The story of Beauty and the Beast was, of course, made famous by the 1991 Disney Movie and recent live-action musical remake, but The Queen’s Theatre production goes back to the original French novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, including characters such as Charlie Cupid (played by Oliver Lynes) and Beauty’s Sister.
The play brings a much more modern feeling to the story using music from artists such as Queen and ‘Goo Goo Dolls’. At points it felt more like a Meatloaf tribute night with The Beast (Played by James Lawrence) standing on stage singing ‘I would do anything for love’ while playing an electric guitar.
There was some great singers amongst the cast, especially Amorette, who is the Beauty character (Played by Daniella Piper) and Soufflé (played by Molly-Grace Cutler) a character who belongs more in ‘TOWIE’ then a panto.
But this play is mainly aimed at the younger audience, and through the night you’ll find a lot more fart gags and pies in the face than you’ll find in the Emma Watson movie, but this is all part of the joy of panto and my 5-year-old daughter loved the show and took any opportunity she could to join in.
The two characters who mainly interacted with the audience was the cake maker Betty Bonbon (played by Oliver Beamish) and Charlie Cupid, between them they did a good job at getting the audience on their feet and keeping us excited. But the characters did take a little while to mature and I found myself enjoying it more in the second half.
The whole of the night was a lot of fun and I know that my 5 year old daughter enjoyed it, even though there were one or two moments that scared her. As always Beauty and the Beast brings the whole community together and it shows why The Queen’s Theatre is at the centre of Hornchurch.
It’s panto season! Oh no it isn’t… Oh yes it is… Oh no, well you get the idea!
This week I took my daughter to the wonderful Queens theatre Hornchurch for a sell out (the theatre was PACKED) night for this years pantomime, Beauty & The Beast. This will be the third year running that I have had the pleasure of reviewing their annual pantomime and I think Beauty & The Beast may just be the best yet.
The set design was very clever and even before the performance started the scene was set. A forest is made out of the pages from a book and a spotlit rose bush takes centre stage as we wait for it to begin.
There are no surprises here, evil witch, beauty falls in love with the beast but must leave him and return home to her sick father, before all reunite at the end for a happily ever after. But it doesn’t need surprises. What it needs is slick production, brilliant vocals and hilarious comedy – and this production of Beauty & The Beast has all 3!
The support comedy cast of Souffle, Nanny Bon Bon, Cupid (and Super goat) were very good… and there were plenty of more adult jokes to keep the parents entertained the the children would definitive not understand.
The musicians and all the vocalists were brilliant, but the stand out star for me though was Daniella Piper who plays ‘Beauty’ Amorette. Her vocals were stunning, and if I had one criticism, it would be that I could have listened to much more of her solo work. But that is minor gripe in a very good production.
Go and have a lovely festive evening out at the Queen's Theatre. But don’t take my word for it, take the word of my 6 year old:
“My favourite bit was ‘don’t dip your fingers in the cream.’ I also loved Super Goat!”
If I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of songs and references to various musicals in last year’s pantomime at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, this time around it was (almost) all about rock and pop music. Of course, anthems like ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and Bat Out of Hell fall under the canon of musical theatre, and in this production of Beauty and the Beast, subtle but nonetheless noticeable alterations have been made to the lyrics to suit the storyline. Other times, songs have been truncated from the versions of famed chart songs heard on the radio.
But far from depriving the audience of full renderings of songs, this approach demonstrated that some thought had gone into putting this show together. This was not a case of lazily forcing a narrative around a collection of popular tunes; rather, a mixture of spoken word, music and the usual call-and-response interactions with the crowd combined in such a way that resulted in a hugely enjoyable evening, irrespective of one’s familiarity with the songs, or indeed of pantomime itself.
Not for nothing does the musical director, Dan de Cruz, double up as Monsieur Plinky-Plonk: I’d have preferred it if he were called Monsieur Plinky McPlinkface, but audience participation never stretched as far as inviting suggestions for character names. Set in Paris, there is some exposure to faux French accents, but this is not overdone. The show’s narrator, Charlie Cupid (Oliver Lynes), works hard at maintaining audience interest – Lynes’ stage presence is infectious enough that the response to his opening phrase with every entrance is enthusiastically kept up to the end, something not always witnessed at a panto.
One or two songs could, to be blunt, be removed without affecting comprehension of the plot. But even these are an opportunity for the adult cast to assert themselves as so-called ‘triple threats’ – some marvellous actor-musicianship goes on – and for the ‘young company’, comprised, I am reliably informed, of local schoolchildren, to show they can hold their own amongst professional performers. In the second half, during ‘Shut Up and Dance’, many of the younger members of the audience (for ‘younger’, read ‘prepubescent’) joined in without any prior encouragement, making the song’s title more than a little ironic even before the rest of us were invited to rise from our seats and join in (lyrics were supplied).
Being the unromantic and unsentimental type that I am, I initially sided with the aptly-named Spite (Sarah Mahony), who wanted to thwart the talking and singing about love going on. In the end, however, I could hardly have any qualms with good triumphing over evil. Mahony may have momentarily wowed the audience with saxophone-playing skills, but this opening night audience was a discerning one, and swiftly reverted to boos without being prompted.
Now, pantomime wouldn’t be pantomime without a villain, and pantomime wouldn’t be pantomime without a dame. Here, Betty Bonbon (Oliver Beamish) is endearing and loveable. Personally, I thought the chemistry between Cupid and Soufflé (Molly-Grace Cutler) was more convincing than the one between Amorette, ‘beauty’, (Daniella Piper) and Prince Friedrich, ‘beast’ (James Lawrence).
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Etisyai was last seen playing the role of Gary Coleman in the UK tour of Avenue Q and is delighted to be making her panto debut at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
Other theatre: Credits includes Choices (Kids Company/Criterion Theatre), Hairspray (Aberyswyth Arts Centre), the Award-winning SOLD (Edinburgh Festival).
Film and television: Includes the BAFTA Award-nominated short film Good Night (Muriel D'Ansembourg), The Collector (Andrew Rainnie).
Radio: Includes: Brighton Rock (Synchronicity).
Theatre: Credits include Peter Pan In Scarlet (New Vic Theatre and Oxford Playhouse); Corbyn The Musical – The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East Theatre); The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales); The Life of Galileo, Promises and Lies and The BFG (Birmingham Rep); The Threepenny Opera (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse/Birmingham Rep/New Wolsey/Graeae); Our House – The Madness Musical (UK tour); Dick Whittington & His Cat (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Rope and Dear Brutus (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); The Firework Maker's Daughter (Bloomsbury Theatre, London); The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); The Jungle Book (UK tour); The Vagina Monologues (Royal Festival Hall); Britain's Got Bhangra (Theatre Royal Stratford East, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK tour); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK tour); South Pacific (UK tour); Mark Ravenhill's Dick Whittington (Barbican); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Charmin' (Greenwich Theatre, Soho Theatre and National Theatre Studio); HMS Pinafore (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Baiju Bawra (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); Emancipation Day (Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East); Paul – A Strange Kind Of Hero (Brighton Fringe); Britten’s Opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Hand Productions); Aladdin (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford). Television and film: EastEnders (BBC), Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Dir. Tim Burton, Warner Bros), Deadline (Dir. Christian Wise, Brighton Film). Recording: LisGoa (Ghude Records), The Rocky Horror Show (Hammersmith Palais). Training: PGDip – Performance (LSMT), BA (Hons) Music (Anglia University, Cambridge). Natasha has also toured the world extensively as a soprano soloist and trombonist and is delighted to be joining the Cinderella gang this Christmas!
West End: Rusty Charlie, Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre, transfer to Phoenix Theatre); Charles Zidler, Paris Thunder (workshop, Charing Cross Theatre).
Other theatre: Includes Rory, Sex and the Suburbs (Ken Alexander, UK tour); Louis Harvey in The Ladykillers and Daffydd in A Chorus of Disapproval (both Richard Baron), Stanley in Hello Dolly! And Henry in Present Laughter (both John Durnin), Landlord in Two (Ken Alexander), all Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Steve, Liar Liar (Blanche McIntyre, Unicorn); The Boss/Carlson, Of Mice and Men (Douglas Rintoul) and Stanley Winterburn, The Great Big Radio Show (Angela Hardcastle), both Watermill Newbury; The Man, And the Rain Falls Down (David Harradine, tour/Young Vic, Fevered Sleep); Benny Southstreet, Guys and Dolls (Mitch Sebastian, Kilworth House); Terry The Twister, All the Fun of the Fair (Nikolai Foster, Churchill Bromley/national tour); Will Scarlett in Robin Hood, Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk, Potty Pierre in Beauty and the Beast (Chris Jordan, Eastbourne Theatres); Frank, Sunshine on Leith (James Brining, original cast - Dundee Rep - TMA Award for Best New Musical); Frank, Have a Nice Life (Connor Mitchell, Union); Plebeian/Cassius’ Soldier, Julius Caesar (Deborah Warner, Barbican); Dick Wilkins, Scrooge (Bob Thompson, national tour); Bruce Forsythe/Husband 4/Taxman, Spend Spend Spend (Jeremy Sams, national tour); Buggins, Half a Sixpence (Jude Kelly, West Yorkshire Playhouse); Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz (Dundee Rep); Orlick/Bentley, Great Expectations (Fiona Laird, national tour).
Film and television: Carl was very proud to be in the film of London Road and has also starred in a couple of other films called The Drop and Full Firearms. He has also worked extensively in the UK and abroad for commercials that include campaigns for Nissan, Royal Mail, Duracell, Lloyds Pharmacy, Co-op, McCain Oven Chips, Heinz Salad Cream and a Sony PlayStation game called BUZZ.
Training: Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre: Credits include End of the Rainbow (UK tour produced by Paul Taylor-Mill and The Mercury Theatre, Colchester); A Little Night Music, Home & Beauty and The Lady in the Van (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Free As Air (Finborough Theatre, London); Iolanthe (The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company at The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and on UK tour); The Dark Hour (by Charlie Piper with Ensemble 360 for Music in the Round, The Sheffield Crucible); Housewife 49 (The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere); Oliver Twist (TNT Theatre, European tour); Promise (adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, London); The Hired Man (New Perspectives Theatre Company on UK tour and in New York at The Brits Off-Broadway Festival); The Magic Flute (The Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (The New Wolsey in Ipswich); The Winter King (Derby Playhouse); Flahooley (as part of The Lost Musicals project at Sadler’s Wells) and Housewives’ Choice (Forest Forge and Oxfordshire Theatre Company). He has appeared in pantomime at The Mercury Theatre Colchester, The Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage and at The Princes Hall in Aldershot.
Other work: Simon has sung with The Carl Rosa Opera Company, Opera Holland Park, The Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Opera Danube, The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and on BBC Songs of Praise.
Training: The Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Ruby and Will George Trust.
At the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch: Mr Hopkins, Made in Dagenham.
Other theatre: Recent credits include Othello (Stafford Gatehouse), White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Calamity Jane (Watermill and UK tour), The Perfect City (UK tour), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pericles, The Lonesome West, Three Sisters, The Winter’s Tale (BOVTS), Coram Boy (Pleasance Islington), Personals (Bridewell).
Film: Astoria (Young Vic/ Guardian Shorts, 2016), Host Familie (2013), Brief Intermission (2013).
Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and read German and Spanish at Bristol University.
Georgina is delighted to be returning to the Queen’s Theatre as a baddie for Panto this Christmas.
At the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch: Ann Droid, Return to the Forbidden Planet; Julia, Lend Me a Tenor; Georgie, Godspell; Myrtle Wilson, The Great Gatsby; Ruth, Two and Two Make Sex; Antonia, Can`t Pay? Won`t Pay! ; Peep-Bo, Hot Mikado; Belinda, Noises Off; Maria, Twelfth Night; Courtesan, The Comedy of Errors; Jack Trott, Jack and The Beanstalk; Steph, Perfect Pitch; Villager/Rat, Dick Whittington and his Kool Kool Cat; Jammes, The Phantom of the Opera (Ken Hill version); Angela, Abigail`s Party; Laura, From a Jack to a King.
Other theatre: Gertrude, Roll Over Beethoven, Pal Joey (Coventry Belgrade); Macbyrd, The Comedy of Babi Babbett, Harlequin Goes to the Moon, Who saw Margory Daw?, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ik’r’Us Inc (Rude Mechanical Theatre Company);The Hot Mikado (Watermill and national tour); Rum Ba Ba and Mustafa Maltezer, Ali Ba Ba and the Forty Thieves (Theatre Royal Margate); Salad Days (Greenwich); Dick Whittington, Aladdin, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sugar (Theatre Clwyd); Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, The Good Companions, A Mad World My Masters, Pal Joey (New Wolsey); Dick Whittington and his Scally Cat, Rockin Robin and the Babes from Halewood (Liverpool Everyman); Don Giovanni, Country, Good Golly Miss Molly, Sleeping Beauty (New Victoria, Stoke); Dinner with Sol (White Bear); Heart and Soul (Chester Gateway); In the Midnight Hour (York Theatre Royal); Godspell (Buxton Opera House); Young Apollo (Thorndike, Leatherhead). Georgina has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. Tours include The Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Company, Chicago, Some Like it Hot, Great Balls of
Fire, The Great Gatsby, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Leader of the Pack.
Television: Includes Katie in Cat’s Eyes (BBC2).
Training: Webber Douglas Academy.
At the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch: Eddie O’Grady, Made in Dagenham.
West End: Alternate Deco, u/s Outspan and Derek, The Commitments (Palace).
Other theatre: Recent credits include Fairy and u/s Bottom and Theseus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); March Hare/Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland and Tommy Bostock, Mickey Salberg (Watermill); Tom Fuller, Miss Nightingale (UK tour); Barry Townsend, Soulman (Stephen Joseph); Robin Hood, Robin Hood (New Wolsey); First cover Freddie/ Ensemble, Chess (UK tour and Toronto); Walk-in cover Freddie, Chess (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); The Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Laertes, Hamlet Travestie (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Aladdin, Aladdin (New Wolsey); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Ali Baba, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Margate Theatre Royal); Jack, Jack and the Beanstalk (Gatehouse, Stafford); Little Show of Musicals (Motherwell Civic); Dick, Dick Whittington (Hereford Courtyard Theatre); I Love you, you’re perfect, now sing! (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Malcolm, Macbeth and Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (no.1 national tour with Shakespeare 4 Kidz); Simon, Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clywd).
Film: Credits include The Bout, Sweet Children, A Really Big Adventure, Perspective and Call Me a Cabbie (ITV).
Training: Rose Bruford.
Theatre: Credits include Peter Pan in Scarlet (Oxford Playhouse/New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Robin Hood & Marian, The Borrowers and Dracula (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Sunset Five (Edinburgh Festival, Pleasance Theatre & Greenwich, DugOut Theatre Co); Juno and the Paycock (Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Playhouse) and The Revenger’s Tragedy (Gentleman Jack Theatre). Final shows whilst training were: London Road, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Joshua is a composer and director based in Huddersfield where he is artistic director of Tiny Window Theatre Company. Recent composition and musical director credits include: Moby Dick (Theatre Mill), The Beggars of York (York Theatre Royal), Live Bolero (Dance4/Nottingham Playhouse), Home Sweet Home (Freedom Studios and national tour), Othello (The Met, Bury), Lysistrata (Lakeside Arts Centre) and The Austerlitz Scroll (Beth Shalom Holocaust Memorial Centre).
As a youth theatre practitioner, Josh has coached companies of young people through some 22 musicals, including composer/musical director credits on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Into the Woods, Kiss Me, Kate, The Snow Queen and Oliver!. Joshua has written two published musicals, Make Do and Mend and Face It: the musical and an opera, The Man and Men.
At the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch: Sarah played in the band for last year’s pantomime Aladdin. She is delighted to be back in Hornchurch for Cinderella.
Other theatre: She made her professional debut in 2 Tone musical Three-Minute Heroes at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Work includes DugOut Theatre's The Sunset Five at Edinburgh and at London’s Pleasance Theatre.
Music: Sarah also plays rhythm guitar for Coventry-based Ska band Ruder Than U and drums for all-female, 1950s rock and roll band The Daisy Chains.
Training: Sarah graduated from Rose Bruford's Actor Musicianship course in September 2014.
Al Twist hails from Hornchurch and has been a professional bassist for over 20 years. He has performed with many artists and countless bands - from cabaret acts on cruise ships to film recording sessions. As a bass player, Twist is here to make the music feel good! He is delighted to be back home at the Queen’s Theatre.
At the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch: Aladdin, Roll Over Beethoven, Hot Stuff.
Other theatre: Credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Brentwood Theatre); Who Saw Marjory Daw?, Harlequin Goes to the Moon and Macbyrd (The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company); Our House The Musical (New Wolsey, UK tour); Seussical The Musical (Chelsea Theatre London); Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre Coventry).
|Written by||Andrew Pollard|
|Musical Director||Joshua Goodman|
|Lighting Designer||Sherry Coenen|