Autumn season from Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Monday 9 April 2018

Seasons - Shows

In it's 65th year, the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch announces its Autumn programme featuring the regional professional premiere of a Tony Award-winning musical and two major revivals of classic masterpieces.

The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch photographed from the front of the building.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015

In its 65th year, the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch has today announced its Autumn season which features a musical with some "extraordinarily distinctive" music, and plays by Mike Leigh and Alan Ayckbourn.

Kicking-off the season is the hilarious situation comedy Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh, playing from 30 August to 22 September.

The Queen's Theatre is co-producing this iconic classic (and much-loved favourite with audiences) with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and international partner Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Derby Theatre and the Queen's Theatre have also commissioned Abi by Atiha Sen Gupta, a new piece of writing as part of Derby Theatre's Retold series, which comprises new one-woman plays from some of the most sensational female voices in contemporary theatre today.

Abi, which runs alongside Abigail's Party from 4 to 22 September, is told from the viewpoint of 15 year old Abisheera who surveys what's left from the previous generation's night before, in response to Mike Leigh's seminal play.

After the success of Made in Dagenham in 2016, the Queen's Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich are teaming-up again to produce the UK regional premiere of the multi-award-winning musical Once.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this smash-hit romance will feature an ensemble of actor-musicians and plays from 3 - 20 October.

Once has some rather special and magical music - our reviewer, Peter Brown, reviewed the show back in 2013 saying ...

"... what makes this musical really special and puts it in a different league to other offerings is the captivating, magical quality of the songs.

Almost from the first note, you realise you are listening to music that is extraordinarily distinctive, powerfully emotional and hugely affecting - in a word... stunning".

Next up, playing from 1 to 17 November, the Queen's Theatre is producing Alan Ayckbourn's 1994 play, Haunting Julia.

This tense study of grief and the supernatural is punctuated with trademark wit from the well-known and prolific playwright.

Apart from its own productions, the Queen's Theatre is also offering two major visiting productions.

Dishoom! is a new play by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti that will be playing at the Queen's Theatre from 25 to 29 September as part of a national tour and is produced by Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

And from 25 to 27 October, Love transfers to the Queen's Theatre - a co-production by the the National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The play premiered at the National Theatre and was hailed by the Evening Standard as 'the National Theatre's play of the year' in 2017.

Finally, here's a quick summary of the shows and playing dates together with links to our full, detailed show listings where you'll find links to buy tickets at the Queen's Theatre's website ...

Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh

30 August - 22 September

Full listing

Abi by Atiha Sen Gupta

4 - 22 September

Full listing

Dishoom! by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

5 - 29 September

Full listing

Once by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

3 - 20 October

Full listing

Love written by Alexander Zeldin

25 - 27 October

Full listing

Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn

1 - 17 November

Full listing


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Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Abigail's Party

Once - the musical

Haunting Julia - Alan Ayckbourn

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