Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

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Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
Queen's Theatre Exterior.jpg
Theatre exterior
LocationHornchurch, Greater London
Coordinates51°33′57″N 0°13′07″E / 51.5658°N 0.2186°E / 51.5658; 0.2186Coordinates: 51°33′57″N 0°13′07″E / 51.5658°N 0.2186°E / 51.5658; 0.2186
Public transitLondon Overground Emerson Park
London Underground Hornchurch
Opened1953 (New Theatre Opened In 1975)
The Queen's Theatre Main House

The Queen's Theatre is a 500-seat producing theatre located in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, east London.


Hornchurch Urban District Council purchased a derelict cinema on Station Lane (the site of the present Ripon House development) that had been used for storage during the Second World War, they converted this building into a theatre which opened in 1953, 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 Havering Council built a new theatre on Billet Lane, designed by Hallam and Brooks, it was opened by Sir Peter Hall in April 1975, with a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The Theatre was honoured with a visit from the Queen in 2003, the Theatre's fiftieth anniversary, and in 2013 the Theatre celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

The Theatre won the UK Theatre Award for Most Welcoming Theatre (East region) in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Theatre won the Clothworkers' Foundation Theatre Award in 2018.


Home to notable productions of the award-winning Blood Brothers, Return to Forbidden Planet, a major revival of Made in Dagenham the Musical, performers such as Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith, Martin Shaw, Joan Plowright, Prunella Scales, Nigel Hawthorn, Lucy Benjamin, Richard Eyre, Bernard Cribbins, Conn O’Neill and theatre-makers and artists David Eldridge, Chris Bond, Dave Ross, Bob Eaton, Glen Walford, Nichola McAuliffe, Charlie Condou, James Sutton, Tim Firth, Dan Murphy and Richard O'Brien the Queen’s Theatre, over its 65 plus year history, has built a track record in creating the best[citation needed] in live entertainment.

The Theatre's current artistic director is Douglas Rintoul who was appointed in 2015 and its Executive Director is Mathew Russell; the Theatre's previous directors include Stuart Burge, Bob Carlton, Anthony Carrick, Ian Clarke, Marina Calderone, Peter Coe, Ian Curteis, James Gillhouley, Jane Howell, David Phethean, Nancy Poultney, Anthony Richardson, Paul Tomlinson, Bob Tomson and Clifford Williams.

The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch produces over eight 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 Hornchurch 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. Current partnerships include co-productions and projects with the National Theatre, the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Salisbury Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Sell a Door, Hull Truck Theatre, Derby Theatre, Spare Tyre and The Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.


The Queen’s Theatre is a registered charity and receives regular funding from the London Borough of Havering and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Queen's Green[edit]

Adjacent to the theatre is an open space called Queen's Green.

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