Friday, March 21, 2014


reunited in The Great Gatsby at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Nine members of 'cut to the chase…', the Queen’s professional company of actors-musicians, reunite in The Great Gatsby – a glamorous, action-packed drama – from 11 April – 3 May.
The Queen’s is also excited to announce The Great Gatsby marks the directorial debut of the multi-talented Simon Jessop - Queen’s Associate Actor and cut to the chase… stalwart.
Amid the glitz of the roaring '20s, mysterious young millionaire Jay Gatsby moves into town, throwing luxurious parties at his waterside mansion. He arouses the suspicions of Tom Buchanan, a wealthy philanderer who lives across the bay with his beautiful but unhappy wife Daisy. But when Gatsby meets Daisy at her cousin's house one fateful afternoon, lives are changed forever…
Taking the title role of party boy Gatsby is dashing Sam Kordbacheh, last seen as wily Captain Segura in Our Man in Havana. Playing opposite him is debonair Sean Needham – formerly star of the West End’s Mamma Mia! - who swaps bumbling George in Two and Two Make Sex for menacing Tom Buchanan. Audiences will recognise Two and Two Make Sex stars blonde bombshell Ellie Rose Boswell playing Daisy, the ever-glamorous Georgina Field as Tom’s mistress Myrtle and charming Callum Hughes as Daisy’s cousin Nick.
We're also delighted to welcome back raven-haired Alison Thea-Skot, who delighted audiences as mischievous young Molly in Our Man in Havana, playing pretty Jordan, and long-standing cut to the chase… member Stuart Organ, who has recently appeared in hit TV show Law and Order and was last seen at the Queen’s in The Merchant of Venice.
This wonderful stage adaptation of the novel by celebrated author F. Scott Fitzgerald by Peter Joucla features a sparkling jazzy soundtrack – all played live on stage by the sensationally-talented cut to the chase… company.
The Great Gatsby is the work we most remember Fitzgerald by today – not least thanks to the decadent Baz Luhrmann movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The novel enjoyed warm critical success when it was first published – a ray of sunshine in Fitzgerald’s bittersweet life – but it was only really following his death that it became the modern classic it is today.
The Great Gatsby is designed by Rodney Ford, with lighting design by Christopher Howcroft and choreography by Donna Berlin. Tickets cost £12.50 - £26.50. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online.

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