Hot Stuff in Hornchurch

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It’s sassy, it sizzles, it’s ‘Hot Stuff’, a musical journey back to the 1970’s with plenty of top tunes from the day that will get you foot-tapping in the aisles and clapping in the air.

The production is the latest from ‘cut to the chase’, the resident company of professionals at the Queens’ Theatre in Hornchurch that has already brought us quality entertainment this year with ‘Deadly Murder’, ‘Boeing, Boeing’, and ‘The Elephant Man’. And this latest offering will not disappoint either, especially if you are nostalgic about 70’s music. ‘Hot Stuff’ is the story of Joe Soap, an ordinary guy who dreams of becoming a rock star.

He signs a pact with the devil, or rather an escapee from last year’s panto, the flamboyant Lucy Fur, who tells him he’ll have to dump his girlfriend Julie in exchange for fame and fortune, and the attention of the seductress – Miss Hot Stuff. What follows is truly hilarious, with wild, glitzy costumes, and some enormous high-heels that even Lady Gaga would be proud of.

Gasp as Ms Lucy teeters down the stairs of the fantastic disco set. That when she isn’t masquerading as a Tesco check out operator.

‘Hot Stuff’ will take your mind away from your problems for a couple of hours as you bop along to songs by Donna Summer, ABBA, Gloria Gaynor, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, The Sex Pistols, and there’s even an 80’s song from Michael Jackson thrown in for good measure, and all ably performed by the very talented cast.

Of particular note are David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ and Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, and a tasteless but nevertheless very funny send up of Peters and Lee performing ‘Welcome Home’.

‘Hot Stuff’ is already being described by local theatre goers as “a West End production in Hornchurch”.

The show stars Lady Felicia as the larger-than-life Lucy Fur, West End performer Matthew Quinn as Joe and ‘cut to the chase’ members Sarah Mahony, Al Twist, Hollie Cassar, Greg Clarke, Valentina Dolci, Gabriela Garcia, Cameron Jones, Adam Langstaff, Wade Lewin and Jacob Richmond-Caines.

‘Hot Stuff’ is devised by Maggie Norris and Paul Kerryson, and directed by the Queen’s Associate Director Matt Devitt, who also directed last spring’s hugely popular musical ‘Godspell’.

Set and costume design is by Mark Walters, musical direction by Julian Littman, lighting design by Chris Howcroft, sound design by Dan Crews and choreography by Karl Stevens.

Lydia Hardiman is Assistant Costume Designer.

Tickets cost £12.50 – £26.50.

Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at www.queens-theatre.co.uk

‘Hot Stuff’ runs until 13th June.

Hear Ros Connors’ after show audio report for Gateway 97.8 listeners.

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