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Magnificent Music Hall show returns to Queen's Theatre with Christmas twist

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 November 2018

The Queen's Theatre's Magnificent Music Hall is returning to Hornchurch. Photo: Mark Sepple

The Queen's Theatre's Magnificent Music Hall is returning to Hornchurch. Photo: Mark Sepple

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It's a blast from the past with the popular Magnificent Music Hall returning to Queen's Theatre with a special Christmas twist.

Katie Milton, soprano performer, will be taking part in the the Queen's Theatre's Magnificent Music Hall event. Photo: Mark SeppleKatie Milton, soprano performer, will be taking part in the the Queen's Theatre's Magnificent Music Hall event. Photo: Mark Sepple

The Magnificent Music Hall, a tribute to good old-fashioned East End variety entertainment, promises lively tunes, dancing and cracking jokes as part of the Queen’s Theatre’s Magical Matinee Series.

Audiences can look forward to performances from musicians Mark Walsh and Laurence Payne, Opera singers John Rawnsley and Katie Milton and music hall favourites, Kay Carman and Clive Greenwood.

Soprano performer, Katie Milton, told the Recorder: “We’ve been coming for about 12 years [to Queen’s Theatre] and because it’s nearly Christmas we thought we would do some very traditional music that people will know with a Christmas theme.

“We tend to get older people visit the show because they are more familiar with the music.

“However, it’s great that people also bring their grandchildren along as a Christmas present.”

Katie will sing operatic favourites, O My Beloved Father and well-known music hall songs such as The Honeysuckle and the Bee and popular Christmas songs including The Little Road to Bethlehem.

Speaking about her favourite song to perform, Katie chose the drinking song from La Traviata, an Italian opera.

She said: “The show is all about audience participation. If people want to wear a Christmas outfit they’re more than welcome to.

“Also if big parties want to let the box office know they’re coming then we can do a shout-out for them during the show.”

Magician and fire-eater Johnny Slap and the ever versatile comedy actor, Peter John, will also be taking to the stage.

Peter has appeared in anything from Shakespeare to pantomimes and was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Music Hall Society.

“I think the best thing about music hall, is that you can come along to have some fun, for a sing-a-long or just to have a really joyous time,” said Katie.

The Magnificent Music Hall plays at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane on Wednesday, December 19 at 1.30pm.

To book tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.

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