Casting announced for In Basildon

Sunday 10 February 2019

Casting - Regional theatre - Shows

Lucy Benjamin is to star in the homecoming revival of David Eldridge's In Basildon at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 14 to 30 March 2019.
In Basildon at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Lucy Benjamin, who is best known for playing Lisa Fowler in EastEnders and Maggie in the BAFTA award-winning BBC Four series Detectorists, has been cast in the regional premiere of David Eldridge's In Basildon.

This family drama plays at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 14 to 30 March.

In Basildon sees the former EastEnders actress return to her local theatre after performing in Deadly Murder at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch in 2015.

Ms Benjamin is currently performing in a critically-acclaimed revival of Joe Orton's three-hander The Ruffian on the Stair at Islington's Hope Theatre.

She will be joined for In Basildon by ...

- Peter Bray (Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre Kingston)

- Patrick Driver (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's Globe)

- Emily Houghton (Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion, Arcola Theatre)

- Beverley Klein (Young Checkov Trilogy, National Theatre)

- Peter Temple (Boy; Almeida Theatre) and Connie Walker (Trestle, Southwark Playhouse).

Completing the cast are David Hemsted (Elexion, Theatre 503) and Charlotte Law (former member of NYT Rep Company) who were cast through the Queen's Theatre's open audition process to find local actors.

Cast of In Basildon at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Cast of In Basildon:

Top row (from left): Lucy Benjamin, Peter Bray, Patrick Driver, David Hemsted, Emily Houghton

Lower row: Beverley Klien, Charlotte Law, Peter Temple, Connie Walker

Written by the award-winning Romford playwright David Eldridge (Market Boy, National Theatre; Beginning, West End) this explosively knotty drama is being brought back to its roots after a 2012 premiere at the Royal Court Theatre.

The production will be directed by the the Queen's Theatre's Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (Abigail's Party, Rope, The Crucible), with design by Natasha Jenkins and lighting design by Alexandra Stafford.

In Basildon launches the Queen's Theatre's Essex on Stage programme, a new two year programme that champions the positive notions of Essex, celebrating theatre made by working class people and raising aspirations for emerging artists from Essex and Outer East London.


Len is a die-hard West Ham supporter who proudly made a career at Ford Dagenham.

Now he's on his deathbed with the nearest and dearest gathered to say goodbye.

His sisters, slogging away on the checkouts at Asda Romford and Tesco Basildon, haven't spoken in 20 years.

Over a ham sandwich spread, the banter soon flows and old animosities emerge as it's time to read the will …

A sharply funny play, charting an East End family's history from the homelands of Hackney, via Romford, to Basildon and beyond.


Lucy Benjamin - Maureen

Peter Bray - Tom

Patrick Driver - Ken

David Hemsted - Barry

Emily Houghton - Jackie

Beverley Klein - Doreen

Charlotte Law - Shelley

Peter Temple - Len/Reverend David

Connie Walker - Pam

Young Shelley:

Charlotte Christiansen

Kacie-Leigh Cooper

Lucy Mae Stride


Author: David Eldridge
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Designer: Natasha Jenkins
Lighting: Alexandra Stafford
Fight director: Bethan Clark
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


From: Thursday 14 March 2019

Closed: Saturday 30 March 2019


Previews: £12.50, £17, £19.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)


Tue - Thu

£19, £23.50, £27 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Fri & Sat

£21.50, £26, £29 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)


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