Hornchurch transformed into 1950s Cuba in Queen’s Theatre’s latest show

PUBLISHED: 11:52 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:52 15 January 2014

Cut to the chase are directed by Bob Carlton in this Cold War comedy.

Cut to the chase are directed by Bob Carlton in this Cold War comedy.

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Travel back to the era of the nuclear arms race, Churchill’s second coming and the rise of Elvis Presley later this month in Hornchurch.

Cut to the chase, the Queen’s Theatre’s resident company of actors, present Our Man in Havana in Billet Lane - an adaption of Graham Greene’s 1958 novel.

The production catapult’s audiences back to the 1950s at the height of the Cold War and focuses on Jim Wormold, a hapless vacuum salesman, desperate for cash to fund his daughter’s lavish lifestyle.

An ex-pat, Jim is approached by the British Secret Service to become a spy, ensuing a barrage of hilarious scenes in which he recruits imaginary agents and files drawings of vacuum cleaner parts.

But things go badly wrong when his so-called agents begin to get bumped off - will he be next?

Fresh from appearing in the Queen’s panto, Dick Whittington, Sam Kordbacheh, Sam Pay and Alison Thea-Skot star - alongside Sean Needham.

The play is directed by Bob Carlton, with design from Norman Coates.

Running from January 31 to February 22, tickets cost from £16.50 to £26.50. Audiences can save money by joining the theatre’s jump the Q scheme - giving them all four of this seasons productions for just £12.50 each.

To book, call the box office on 01708 443333, or visit

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