Saturday, 1 September 2012

Return To The Forbidden Planet - now at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Last Friday I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Queen's Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.  This musical had the wow factor.  The musicians involved were very, very good; they were talented and tremendous.  I loved the songs of the fifties and swinging sixties, with some amended lyrics and brilliant arrangements. Excellent entertainment. The cast really connected with the audience. Well worth the admission price; the guitar solo for the She's Not There (a classic by the Zombies) was outstanding.  The drumming, keyboard playing, the saxophone and trumpet playing were impressive. And the sound effects were marvellously engineered.

The programme cost £2.50.  Souvenir T-shirts cost £15.

Return To The Forbidden Planet is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, with some homage to 20th century science fiction movies.  There are good Shakespearean puns and pieces worked into the highly amusing script.

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