Young Ones at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch is classic entertainment
PUBLISHED: 14:50 01 September 2011
©Nobby Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Cliff Richard or hate him, the Queen’s Theatre’s adapted version of his 1961 movie was pure classic entertainment.
The all singing and all dancing show at the theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch on Tuesday August 30 kick started the new autumn season at the theatre and it was a show stopping start.
The plot of the musical, is perhaps a little less known as the Cliff’s earlier film Summer Holiday.
It centres on a group of friends desperately trying to save their youth club from being demolished by the ruthless property mogul Hamilton Black so they put on their own show.
But their path is not as easy as it sounds with every avenue blocked out by the ruthless Hamilton Black.
The show is also laced with plenty of unknown rock and roll songs, but many of which are catchy and easy to get in your head.
There were chart toppers including The Young Ones, Livin’ Doll, We Say Yeah, Do You Wannna Dance and many more.
A personal favourite was the energetic and polished rock and roll dance routines and seeing the talented Cut to the Chase cast juggling playing their instruments on stage and acting.
There were also plenty of 50s inspired outfits.
You should also look out for some first class acting from the theatre’s resident group of actors/musicians Cut To The Chase.
Favourite of the night was Nicky Stanford’s take on teen heart throb Nicky, the part played by Cliff Richard.
His dulcet voice made numbers like Livin’ Doll soothingly popular with the audience.
There was also plenty of humour thanks to Jared Ashe’s part of the geeky Ernest and Simon Jessop’s play on Hamilton Black.
Popular was also Fiona Finsbury as Nicky’s love Alma.
Whehter your a Cliff fan or not, this has something in it for everyone.
The Young Ones continues at the Queen’s Theatre until Saturday September 17.
Tickets are £15 to £24 from the box office on 01708 443333.