Cast will scrum down to make you laugh in comedy about rugby at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:47 22 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:47 22 September 2011

Up ‘n’ Under Photo Call - coach - Karen Fisher-Pollard with ball and team

Up ‘n’ Under Photo Call - coach - Karen Fisher-Pollard with ball and team


The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch joins in with Rugby World Cup fever as it kicks off with Up ‘n’ Under, John Godber’s award-winning comedy.

More interested in the scrum at the bar than on the rugby field, The Wheatsheaf Arms team are famous for never winning a match.

When Arthur bets his old rival Reg that he can lead this bunch of jokers to victory against the unbeaten Cobblers Arms, he’s got everything to lose.

With their pride at stake, Tony, Frank, Steve and Phil drag themselves out of the pub and onto the pitch to accept the help of a coach who just happens to be a rather attractive woman.

Inspired by Godber’s own rugby-playing experiences and packed with down-to-earth hilarity, Up ‘n’ Under won Best Comedy at the Laurence Olivier Awards and was released as a film starring Neil Morrissey, Samantha Janus and Griff Rhys Jones.

One of the UK’s most popular playwrights, Godber is always a hit at the Queen’s and recent successes include September in the Rain and Bouncers.


As England bid for World Cup glory in New Zealand, audiences can join in the excitement by watching a live rugby match on the Queen’s stage!

Director Bob Carlton said: “We’re thrilled to present one of John Godber’s most popular comedies, which audiences will love. Whether they’re league or union supporters, or not sports fans at all and just out for a night of laugh-out-loud guffaws, everyone will want to cheer on the loveable Wheatsheaf boys through every tackle and try!”

Starring Queen’s resident company Cut to the Chase, the cast includes Jared Ashe, Karen Fisher-Pollard, Callum Hughes, Simon Jessop, Tom Jude and Mark Stanford.

Up ‘n’ Under runs at the Queen’s from September 30 to October 15.

Design is by Christine Bradnum and lighting design by Paul Stone.

This production does contain some adult language.

n Tickets cost £15-£24. Call the box office on 01708 443333 or book online at

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