Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
|Location||Hornchurch, Greater London
|Public transit|| Emerson Park
The theatre opened in its current purpose-built site on Billet Lane, Hornchurch in 1975.
From 1953 to 1975 the theatre had occupied a converted, and for some time derelict, cinema on Station Lane (the site of the present Ripon House development) that had been used for storage during the Second World War. The theatre originally opened in the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II and its name reflects this. The opening production was See How They Run.
The building deteriorated and the London Borough of Havering built the new theatre. It was opened by Sir Peter Hall in April 1975, with a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Home to the original productions of the award-winning Return to the Forbidden Planet and Blood Brothers, performers such as Maggie Smith, Martin Shaw, Joan Plowright, Prunella Scales, Nigel Hawthorn, Carol Sloman, Lucy Benjamin, Gemma Salter, Bernard Cribbins, Conn O’Neill and theatre-makers and artists David Eldridge, Chris Bond, Bob Carlton, Bob Eaton, Glen Walford, Nichola McAuliffe, Tim Firth, Dan Murphy and Richard O’Brien the Queen’s Theatre, over its 60 plus year history, has built a track record in creating the best in live entertainment.
The Queen's Theatre produces over eights shows a year and has a vibrant learning and participatory programme engaging over 11,000 participants annually, enabling people to express themselves and their stories through the arts.
The Queen’s Theatre works with educational institutions, amateur theatre groups, professional arts groups and wellbeing organizations, but is also widely connected to the larger theatre landscape in the UK and abroad.
Behind the scenes there is a carpentry workshop, scenic artists and a wardrobe department creating sets and costumes on-site.
The theatre was honoured with a visit from HM The Queen in 2003, the theatre's fiftieth anniversary, and in 2013 the theatre celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.
Adjacent to the theatre is an open space called Queen's Green.
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