Autumn season at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

London theatre news: Friday 12 April 2019

Regional theatre - Seasons - Shows

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch announces its autumn season to include two plays from Essex playwrights performing alongside each other as part of its Essex on Stage programme, as well as two major revivals of modern classics.
Autumn season shows at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

We might only just be experiencing the first flush of Spring, but theatres are already turning their attention to the latter part of the theatrical year as plans get firmed-up and revealed for the Autumn.

And that means it's time for Queen's Theatre Hornhcurch to offer its ambitious plans for the Autumn, with a season of produced work that will include two vibrant plays from Essex playwrights performing alongside each other as part of its Essex on Stage programme, as well as two major revivals.

Queen's Theatre's Autumn season will open with Essex Girls and Boys, composed of two pieces by local award-winning playwrights as part of the Theatre's Essex on Stage programme.

The first sees the world premiere of Stiletto Beach, a sharply observed new play by Sadie Hasler (Pramkicker, Fran & Leni) which plays from 4 to 28 September.

Supported by Arts Council England, the piece offers a funny, heart-warming look at what it really means to be an Essex girl.

Additionally, audiences can also enjoy So Here We Are, a Bruntwood prize-winning play from Romford-born Luke Norris (Royal Court, Paines Plough).

A funny and moving play about Essex boys and their hopes, dreams and frustrations, the show will play from 7 to 28 September.

Playwright Luke Norris commented ...

"Having seen this play on the road at the High Tide festival in Aldeburgh, and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, I'm delighted that it's now returning home to Essex.

The Queen's Theatre is the first theatre I ever went to as a kid, and to be back with a play of my own, set 10-minutes up the road, is really special.

The dedication in the play-text reads: 'For the boys back home', so with any luck they'll come and see it.

I hope they do. I hope they enjoy it. And I hope you do too."

Essex on Stage is an ambitious new two year programme led by Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, championing positive notions of Essex, celebrating theatre made by working class people and raising aspirations for emerging artists from Essex and Outer East London.

The programme has been made possible with support from The Clothworkers' Foundation, and was recently launched with the highly successful regional premiere of David Eldridge's In Basildon (you can read ActDrop's 4 star review of that here).

The Queen's Theatre and Derby Theatre are once more joining forces to revive Richard Bean's smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, following success with their productions of Abigail's Party and Abi.

Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding, this actor-musician version opens in Derby from 7 to 28 September and transfers to Hornchurch from 2 to 19 October.

The Queen's Theatre is also co-producing the Tony Award-winning black comedy thriller The Beauty Queen of Leenane with Hull Truck Theatre - schedule to run from 30 October to 16 November.

This hauntingly beautiful and blisteringly funny production is by Martin McDonagh, the writer of the Golden Globe and Oscar winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and In Bruges.

The production opens at the Hull Truck Theatre from 3 to 26 October.

Following performances of Pericles at the National Theatre in summer 2018, the next Public Acts production of As You Like It opens in August.

Queen's Theatre's Artistic Director, Douglas Rintoul, will direct this musical adaptation, with performances due at Hornchurch from 24 to 27 August.

This UK premiere sees more than one hundred community members, professional actors, and performance groups from across London, come together for this magical tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise.

The Public Acts community partners are: Body & Soul, Bromley by Bow Centre, Coram, DABD, The Faith & Belief Forum, HASWA, Open Age, Queen's Community Group and Thames Reach.

And no Autumn season would be complete without a panto ... this Christmas, families can enjoy the swashbuckling adventures of Robin Hood from 28 November to 5 January.

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Douglas Rintoul, this actor-musician panto will feature pop hits from across the decades and, of course, traditional audience participation! (check-out ActDrop's full list of upcoming pantos and Christmas shows here).

And finally, following its success in the local area last year, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch will be continuing its partnership with the National Theatre to host a second year of the schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in November.

This project is enabling the theatre to develop and deepen its relationship with local schools and reach new audiences in Outer East London.


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Billet Lane,

Hornchurch RM11 1QT

Show dates

AS YOU LIKE IT - 24 to 27 August 2019

STILETTO BEACH - 4 to 28 September 2019

SO HERE WE ARE - 7 to 28 September 2019

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - 2 to 19 October 2019

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE - 30 October to 16 November 2019

ROBIN HOOD - 28 November 2019 to 5 January 2020


ActDrop listings:

As You Like It

Stiletto Beach

So Here We Are

One Man, Two Guvnors

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane

Robin Hood

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