Pick Yourself Up at The Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:24 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 11:24 17 February 2011

Simon Jessop, Natasha Moore and Elliot Harper

Simon Jessop, Natasha Moore and Elliot Harper


The sparkling musical comedy Pick Yourself Up will be performed at the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 26.

A fake doctor, a dumb daughter and a load of gangsters will all take centre stage in the madness of this musical comedy.

This fast-paced, feel-good frenzy written by award-winning playwright Stephen Wyatt stars many well-loved familiar faces from Cut to the Chase – the venue’s resident ensemble of actor-musicians, the only one of its kind in the UK.

It’s show time at The Trocadero in glamorous 1930s New York and things are not what they seem. Renowned gangster Joe “Hatchetface” Tamales thinks he’s found a famous shrink to cure his sick daughter.

But the gorgeous Gloria isn’t really sick; just love-sick. And the shrink’s not really a doctor – he’s Tom, a dancer from the club!

Swapping top hat and tails for fake beard and dodgy Austrian accent, Tom parades as the eccentric Dr Herman Bratwurst.

But he’s going to need more than fancy footwork to pull off this performance!

Pick Yourself Up is packed with hit songs from the golden age of Hollywood musicals – all impressively played live on stage.

Classics by Cole Porter and Jerome Kern include I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Let’s Misbehave, I Won’t Dance, A Fine Romance, Don’t Fence Me In, Begin the Beguine, Friendship and the title number Pick Yourself Up.

Stephen Wyatt’s work has been staged in theatres across the UK including the West End. He has written for Casualty and Dr Who, and his play Memorials to the Missing won the 2008 Tinniswood Award for best original radio script.

He is working with BBC Radio 4 to dramatise Raymond Chandler’s novels, starring the legendary Patrick Stewart.

Pick Yourself Up stars Cut to the Chase actor-musicians Jared Ashe, Allison Harding, Elliot Harper, Simon Jessop, Tom Jude, Greg Last, Natasha Moore, Matthew Quinn and Sarah Scowen.

Elliot said: “It is the perfect show for the Havering audience. They will love it because it is light entertainment and it is lots of fun.”

This production is directed by Queen’s Theatre associate director Matt Devitt, with design by Rodney Ford, musical direction by Julian Littman, choreography by Cara Elston, lighting design by Chris Howcroft and sound design by Alexander Broad.

Tickets are from £14 to £23 but, by joining the Queen’s Jump the Q scheme, audiences can watch all three shows this season – Pick Yourself Up, The Taming Of The Shrew and The Rocky Horror Show – for just £13 each from the box office on 01708 443333.

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