Love Letters in Hornchurch

London theatre news: Wednesday 30 June 2021

Casting - Musicals

Lucy Benjamin will star in the premiere of a new jukebox musical 'Love Letters', written and directed by Douglas Rintoul, at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
Love Letters at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, winner of London Theatre of the Year 2020 in The Stage Awards, is back in action in style this summer with a world premiere production.

Love Letters is written and directed by the venue's artistic director, Douglas Rintoul and is set to play from 30 July to 21 August 2021.

The show is part of the theatre's Essex on Stage programme and tells the story of an unposted love letter meant to be sent between a passionate young couple‎, only to be delivered sixteen years later!

Lucy Benjamin, starring in Love Letters at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Photo: Lucy Benjamin

The cast for Love letters has been announced and will be led by Lucy Benjamin, who is best known for playing Lisa Fowler in EastEnders and Maggie in the BAFTA award-winning BBC Four series Detectorists.

Love Letters sees the former EastEnders actress return to her local Theatre after performing in In Basildon in 2019 and Deadly Murder at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch in 2015.

Lucy will be joined by Holly Ashton (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾, Menier Chocolate Factory), Kit Esuruoso (West Side Story, Royal Exchange Theatre), Dannie Harris (Christmas Carol Casebook: Away in a Danger, Lichfield Garrick Theatre), Mike Lloyd (Dreamboats and Petticoats, UK Tour), Hannah Price (Buddy, UK Tour), Steve Simmonds (Tommy, Ramps on the Moon and New Wolsey Theatre) and Luke Anthony Thornton (Footloose, UK Tour).

Show listing information


A brand new musical celebrating the very best of Essex.

What happens when an unposted love letter meant to be sent between a passionate young couple dating, only gets delivered ten years later?

Perhaps it's time both put aside some regrets and rediscover what might have been - if it's not too late …

With a raft of brilliant songs from Essex's very best, with hits ranging from the 60s to today, this funny and popular working class love story promises to be an uplifting night out for everyone proudly calling Essex their home.

A world premiere from Douglas Rintoul and team members from hits such as 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.


Holly Ashton - Sarah

Lucy Benjamin - Sheila

Kit Esuruoso - Justin

Dannie Harris - Danni

Mike Lloyd - Keith

Hannah Price - Claire

Steve Simmonds - Gary

Luke Thornton - Steven


Author: Douglas Rintoul
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Designer: Jess Curtis
Musical direction: Adam Gerber
Choreography: Tara Young
Lighting: Mark Dymock
Sound: Chris Murray
Fight director: Haruka Kuroda
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


From: Friday 30 July 2021

Closed: Saturday 21 August 2021


Previews: £13.50, £17.50, £20.50


Mon - Thu

£19.50, £24.50, £28

Fri & Sat

£22.50, £27, £30

Concessions: £8 Under 26s


Show website
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