Review of Godspell at The Queen’s Theatre

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GODSPELL IS A MAGNIFICENT REFLECTION ON THE ORIGINAL BIBLICAL TEXT, with emphasis on loving both your neighbour and enemy alike and that things are not always as they seem. The night did not require conversion to any creed but simply understanding.

Written by Stephen Schwartz and first performed in 1971, Godspell comes from the time of hippies and chants of all you need is love. The show is mainly based on the parables from the book of Matthew and contains many traditional hymns all set to modern music

Everything at the Queen’s Theatre production, from the set to the cast, is open and inviting, with constant smiles from the cast. You almost get the feeling that the cast want you to join them as they dance around the theatre, and the audience showed little restraint when it came to joining in some of the actions and clapping along to the beat. This was made even more inviting when the cast stayed on stage during the interval, chatting and joining in conversations, it really removed the barrier between the cast and the audience making you feel included in the show.

The staging was wonderful, there’s a large ramp that leads from the centre of the theatre onto the stage and it parts the front few rows of seats. This increases the intimacy between the audience and stage, with the cast using the adjacent stage to include members of the audience in the performance, if you can get seats in the first 4 rows of the theatre I would recommend it. The set itself includes two higher platforms that are used by musicians and a large fenced off area that is used at various times in the show. The whole of the stage was set out as if for a skater park, a direct comparison between the hippies of the 70s and the current culture of hip hop and graffiti artists

Once again the cut to the chase cast showed their amazing talents, with singing, dancing and instruments. Sam Kordbacheh, who plays the central role of Jesus, has really made this season of shows at The Queen’s Theatre his own, with amazing an performance as the central role in The Great Gatsby and as Segura in ‘Our man in Havana’. In Godspell Sam once again shows he is full of talent, with his singing voice and I particularly liked his performances of ‘God Save the People’ and ‘Beautiful City’.

Sean Needham takes the role of John/Judas and often used his comedic timing through the show. Although the show is primarily song, dance and storytelling it does contain some comic scenes and these suited Sean’s acting and his sense of humour shined through.

Godspell marks the debut performance of three actors at The Queen’s Theatre, Deborah Hewitt, Megan Leigh Mason and Patrick Burbridge. They all give stunning performances and it is good to have them on the cut to the chase team.

The night is certainly worth going to see and I would recommend that everyone take advantage of this Broadway quality performance being in Hornchurch

  • Ellie – Ellie Rose
  • Patrick – Patrick Burbridge
  • Georgie – Georgina Field
  • Deborah – Deborah Hewitt
  • Callum – Callum Hughes
  • Jesus – Sam Kordbacheh
  • Megan – Megan Leigh Mason
  • John/Judas – Sean Needham
  • Sam – Sam Pay
  • Sarah – Sarah Scowen

     

  • Director – Matt Devitt

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