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Welcome to the Queen’s Theatre and an autumn season packed with highlights! We’re thrilled to be celebrating 60 wonderful years at the heart of our community with a fantastically diverse programme featuring everything from theatre, music and comedy to ballet, opera and circus. Renowned for producing exciting, innovative theatre, our award-winning multitalented company of actor-musicians cut to the chase… presents a stellar line up including Jim Cartwight’s moving drama Little Voice, Ira Levin’s hilarious murder mystery Deathtrap and a revival of the Heather Brothers’ wonderful musical romp Lust – a huge West End hit which premiered at the Queen’s over 20 years ago. A jump the Q Season Ticket is the cheapest and best way of seeing all three shows for as little as £37.50 – that’s just £12.50 a show. Choose between a Premium or Saver to enjoy a wide range of benefits and save up to 45% on top price tickets

“we like things that are done well... that’s why we love the Queens... they put their heart and soul into it” Audience member

As a vibrant creative hub for the local community as well as home to the UK’s only repertory company of actor-musicians we are uniquely placed to offer more ways to get involved in theatre including our dynamic education and community programme which engages with over 12,000 people a year, and our

“Crafted with love & boundless imagination” A Younger Theatre on our production of As You Like It in Langtons Gardens, June 2013

new Stage Manager and Student Actor apprenticeships which will inspire and develop the next generation of theatre-makers. To celebrate our 60th Anniversary and to help us continue this work we have launched a special Birthday Gift Appeal – to find out how you can donate please see page 29. We hope you enjoy browsing through our exciting new season and look forward to welcoming you to the Queen’s soon! Photo: Nobby Clark



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Ahoy ye landlubbers - the race is on to find Captain Flint’s buried treasure! Batten down the hatches and get set for the adventure of a lifetime as we join young Jim Hawkins on a daring voyage across the seven seas to battle blusterin’ buccaneers and the most timber-shiverin’ pirate that e’er thar was... Long John Silver. Anchored at the Queen’s for four weeks only, this epic new production brings Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling novel thrillingly to life in all its sea-drenched glory. Perfect for all ye young scallywags, this is a treasure chest of a show loaded up with gripping drama, plenty of YO HO HOs and sea shanties guaranteed to have you singing all the way home.

A terrific summertime treat for the whole family... Our resident company of actor-musicians cut to the chase in a Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production

Ticket s from only


Group and family discounts available (see page 31)


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The greatest pirate story o’them all sails into the Queen’s this summer! Principal sponsor

by Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted by Chris Bond Directed by Bob Carlton

TICKET PRICES (see page 31) 27 JULY – 17 AUGUST Performance times vary 11am | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm | 6pm

Please check the schedule on page 33 Sign Language Interpreted and Audio Described performance Saturday 3 August | 2pm Age suggestion: 8 years and over



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The ladies love Horner. He’s charming, seductive... and an awful lot of trouble. London, 1661 - gin is flowing, morals are slipping and bodices are ripping all over the city. It’s a playground for Horner and his womanising ways.

A sensationally saucy musical romp...

But with the city’s ladies at his feet and their husbands at his throat our lustful lothario is in a very sticky situation. He must act fast to stay close to the women he loves... perhaps with a rumour of his own.



Sex, romance and laughs abound in this wickedly debauched Restoration romp from master musical makers The Heather Brothers, based on The Country Wife. After premiering at the Queen’s in 1992, Lust went on to become a huge West End hit. Our resident company cut to the chase are thrilled to present the triumphant return of this sensationally saucy musical comedy in all its bawdy glory!

“immensely funny ... a rollicking revelry” The Guardian

“Huge fun from beginning to end... Absolutely shameless... A triumph” Financial Times

SAVE ££s with a SEASON TICKET see page 31

Our resident company of actor-musicians cut to the chase in a Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production

“Lust is a must.” Daily Mail

By The Heather Brothers Directed by Matt Devitt Designed by Rodney Ford

TICKETS (see page 26) £26.50 - £12.50 30 AUGUST – 21 SEPTEMBER Previews Friday 30 August & Saturday 31 August | 8pm Thereafter Tuesday – Saturday | 8pm (Press Night: Monday 2 September | 7.30pm) Matinees | 2.30pm Saturday 14 & Thursday 19 September (Matinee Club) Audio Described performance Saturday 14 September | 2.30pm Sign Language Interpreted performance Wednesday 18 September | 8pm



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Little Voice seems destined for stardom. But what if she just wants to be loved? Desperately shy recluse Little Voice spends most of her days locked away in her room listening to her late father’s record collection much to the dismay of her overbearing mother Mari. Through the music of divas like Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield she finds escape – and a secret talent for impersonations.

A funny and touching story of love, loss and fragile dreams...

When Mari brings home her latest squeeze, small-time talent scout Ray Say, Little Voice finds herself hurled into the spotlight. Gambling everything, Ray and Mari prepare Little Voice for the life of superstardom they so desperately crave. But is she ready for fame? And does she even want it? Skilfully blending heartbreaking drama with touching humour, this Olivier Award-winning smash hit is an extraordinarily moving story of love, loss and the dangers that lie somewhere over the rainbow…

“Little Voice combines a highly dramatic vision with a heart as big as a house”

By Jim Cartwright Directed by Bob Carlton

TICKETS (see page 26) £26.50 - £12.50 27 SEPTEMBER - 12 OCTOBER Previews Friday 27 September & Saturday 28 September | 8pm Thereafter Tuesday – Saturday | 8pm (Press Night: Monday 30 September | 7.30pm)

Daily Telegraph

SAVE ££s with a SEASON TICKET see page 31

Our resident company of actor-musicians cut to the chase in a Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production

Matinees | 2.30pm Saturday 5 & Thursday 10 October (Matinee Club) Audio Described performance Saturday 5 October | 2.30pm Sign Language Interpreted performance Wednesday 9 October | 8pm



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They’re killing for a good play on Broadway... Famed playwright Sidney Bruhl is losing his touch. With yet another flop on his hands he is fast running out of ideas - and cash. When young writer Clifford Anderson shows Sidney the brilliant new play he is working on, Sidney hatches a plan to kill Clifford and claim the manuscript as his own. But in the murky world of theatre things aren’t always as they seem... double-bluffs and sudden surprises come thick and fast as events unravel far beyond the stage. Thrilling twists and razor-sharp wit combine

Thrilling twists & razor sharp wit combine in one of the funniest murder mysteries of all time...

in one of the funniest murder mysteries of all time. Opening to rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination at its New York premiere, Deathtrap holds an unbeaten record as the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and recently enjoyed a highly successful run in

Directed by Matt Devitt Designed by Norman Coates

the West End.

TICKETS (see page 26) £26.50 - £12.50

This wickedly funny slice of murderous showbiz


satire is sure to have you guessing whodunit right up to the final curtain.

Previews Friday 25 October & Saturday 26 October | 8pm Thereafter Tuesday – Saturday | 8pm (Press Night: Monday 28 October | 7.30pm)

“Deathtrap has more twists than a bucket of snakes”

SAVE ££s with a SEASON TICKET see page 31

Daily Telegraph

Our resident company of actor-musicians cut to the chase in a Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch production

Matinees | 2.30pm Thursday 31 October (Matinee Club) & Saturday 9 November Audio Described performance Saturday 9 November | 2.30pm Sign Language Interpreted performance Wednesday 13 November | 8pm



Sun 4 August | 7.30pm | £21 (Concessions £18)



Sun 8 September | 7.30pm | £19 (Concessions £18)

The Searchers

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

The Searchers are one of the 60’s most iconic bands and this very special concert is packed with their best-loved songs including Sweets for my Sweet and Needles and Pins, plus B-sides and anecdotes from an incredible career spanning five decades.

Buddy is back! Featuring all of Buddy Holly’s classic tunes plus hits from legends including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Beatles and much more, this glorious slice of rockn-roll heaven is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles.

Sun 11 August | 7.30pm | £21 | £18.50 | £16

Sun 29 September | 7.30pm | £20 | £18 | £15.50 (Concs: £2 off all prices)

Syd Lawrence Orchestra - led by Colin Skinner

Clare Teal and her Band

The glittering, glamorous days of the Big Band era are brought thrillingly to life in this zesty new show. Pulsating with energy, this concert promises musical fireworks from one of the best big bands in the land!

The ‘Queen of Swing’ Clare Teal celebrates the music of her heroines. The multi award-winning singer and broadcaster reveals extraordinary stories from some of the jazz and big band world’s leading lights including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland.

Sun 18 August | 7.30pm | £25 | £22 | £18.50 (Concs: £7 off for children)

Tosca - Opera Novella

Sun 6 & Mon 7 October 2013 | 7.30pm | £22

Featuring a chamber orchestra and cast of seven, this fully staged production of Puccini’s popular opera is set in the Regency era, making the most of his luscious melodies.

Blake - Live in Concert

BRIT Award-winners Blake return with an exciting concert showcasing their dynamic new trio sound. Featuring tracks from their brand new album the boys combine classical, pop, rock and musicals in a two hour show that dazzles with variety and class.

(Sung in original language with English subtitles). Tue 20 & Wed 21 August | 7.30pm | £23 | £20 | £16.50

Hold Back the Night

Tue 15 October | 7.30pm | £19.50 | £17.50 | £15

We’re in pop heaven as the hits of The Bee Gees and ABBA are brought together for the first time in one explosive show! Dig out your flares and prepare to dance the night away to all the classic tunes from two of pop’s greatest acts.

Keith Ball & his Jazzmen - A tribute to Kenny Ball

For more than 40 years Kenny Ball flew the flag for traditional jazz all over the world. Led by his son Keith this tribute show features all the hits including Midnight in Moscow, March of the Siamese Children, and So Do I.

Fri 23 August | 7.30pm | £10 (Concessions £8)

Lighting Up The Lane

Sun 27 October | 7.30pm | £15 (Concessions £13)

Join a cast of 60 local performers for a very special concert staging of last year’s community musical – a heart warming story about two young lovers fighting to convert a derelict cinema into a theatre.

Join Queen’s favourites Carole and Bob as they return to their roots for a special evening of country music including hits from Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison & Dolly Parton.

Sat 24 August | 7.30pm | £18.50 | £16.50 (Under 26s & Over 60s)

Sun 10 November | 7.30pm | £15.50

Mods and Rockers unite! The irrepressible Johnny Warman and his band return with a glorious celebration of music’s greatest era and its legendary bands. Featuring hits by The Who, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and The Doors.

One of the UK’s sharpest comedians is back on the road to find out what really gets on our nerves. Join Lee Hurst for an evening of uproarious comedy as he explores the country’s biggest bugbears… and ways to solve them!

Carole Gordon & Bob Newman’s Together Band

Johnny Warmans Mods and Rockers show

Lee Hurst - Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!

‘unfailingly funny’ Time Out


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Mon 11 November | 7pm | £8.50 (Concessions £6.50)

Sun 8 December | 7.30pm | £22 | £19.50 | £18

Four local schools perform abridged Shakespeare plays as part of a national festival. Come along and celebrate the achievements of our local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Folk rock pioneers and an inspiration to generations, Steeleye Span play the Queen’s Theatre for the first time. This one-off gig sees the band playing all their hits, reunited as a six-piece with Maddy Prior - the voice of Steeleye for 38 years - back at the helm.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Sun 17 November | 7.30pm | £17.50

Paul Daniels - The First Farewell Tour. From Legend to Leg End!

Undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, Paul Daniels is a true magical legend. In this brand new show he is joined by the lovely Debbie McGee to perform his favorite tricks as well as some never performed in public before.

Mon 18 November | 4pm & 7.45pm Tue 19 November | 7.45pm | £25 | £16 (Under 16s)

Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet La Classique

Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet about a girl and her magical doll is brought thrillingly to life by the Moscow Ballet. Featuring dancers from Russia’s leading companies including the Bolshoi and Kirov, this enjoyable dance-spectacular is perfect for ballet lovers of all ages.

Wed 20 November | 7.30pm | £20 | £19 (groups 8+)

The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler’s hilarious West End smash hit is back with an all new star cast! Featuring feisty Hollie-Jay Bowes (Hollyoaks), TV favourite Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, LooseWomen) and national treasure Diane Keen (Doctors, Ruth Rendell Mysteries).

Thu 5 December | 7.45pm | £25

Hammers Heroes - Strikers

A fascinating evening of stories from three West Ham legends. Featuring Dean ‘Deano’ Ashton, ‘Super’ John Hartson and the fan who became a legend Tony Cottee. Hosted by Hammers favourite Tony Gale.

Steeleye Span

Wed 11 & Thu 12 December | 8.30pm | £23 | £20 | £16.50

Talon – The Best of the Eagles

The world’s definitive Eagles tribute show flies back to the Queen’s for two nights! Featuring all the classic Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It Easy, Desperado and many more.

Sun 15 December | 7.30pm | £19.50 | £17.50 | £15.00

Julian Smith and Friends

Chill out with the charismatic Julian Smith and the lush sounds of his saxophone in this warm and melodic show featuring a variety of styles including light jazz, classical crossover and Latin.

Sun 22 December | 3.30pm & 7.30pm | £19 (Concessions £17)

Glenn Miller Orchestra

It’s Christmas...Miller style! Packed with everyone’s favourite yuletide classics including Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland and White Christmas, this wonderfully festive musical feast is guaranteed to set you up for the holiday season.

Sun 5 January | 7.30pm | £19.50 | £17.50 | £16

The Cavern Beatles

Grab a ticket to ride as the UK’s top tribute to the Fab Four arrives in Hornchurch for one night only. The only Beatles band fully endorsed by Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, this is as close to the real thing as it’s possible to get.

Sun 12 January | 4pm | £16

The Black Dyke Band

The world’s most famous brass and reed band returns with a special concert drawing on 150 years of rich musical history. Internationally renowned for its superb performances The Black Dyke Band boasts an incredible 12 European Championship wins and over 350 recordings to its name.

LIVE MUSIC, CIRCUS, DANCE, MAGIC, COMEDY Fri 17 & Sat 18 January | 7.30pm | £25 | £22 | £18.50


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Book all three magical matinees for £10 each

The Elvis Years 1954 –1977

Get ready to rock as the UK’s number one Elvis show rolls into town by popular demand! Packed with over 40 Elvis hits this knock-out show features a stellar performance from World Champion Mario Kombou as the King of Rock n’ Roll.

Sun 19 & Mon 20 January | 7.30pm | £26.50 | £23 | £19.50

Circus of Horrors - London after Midnight

Britain’s Got Talent finalists return with their most thrilling show yet! Dragging circus into the 21st century, this new show is a whirlwind journey through London’s plague-ridden history, packed with some of the most daring and bizarre circus acts on earth.

Tue 21 January | 7.30pm | £22.50

The Dreamboys

If you’re looking for the perfect girls’ night out then look no further than this action and glistening muscle packed show. These incredible stripping hunks will have you begging for more!

Magical Matinee Tue 1 October | 2.30pm | £10 Queen’s Theatre Variety Show

Sat 16 November | 2.30pm | £12.50 Five Star Swing - In the Mood

Magical Matinee

Magical Matinee

Fri 20 December | 2.30pm | £12.50 Forces Sweethearts at Christmas

Thu 16 January | 2.30pm | £12.50 Music Hall

A music filled variety show celebrating International Older People’s Week featuring your host Mickie Driver, violinist Victoria Yellop and 50s songbirds the Swingtime Sisters.

A fun, feel-good afternoon with the hits of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra plus some Jools Holland-style jazz.

Wed 22 January | 8pm | £17.50

Russell Kane - Smallness

What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it - being tiny but fierce, close but distant. This Jedward-haired award-winner is the same. He returns with a new blisteringly big-small show, projecting thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big.

Fri 24 January | 7.30pm | £15.50 | £13.50 (child)

Sing-a-longa Grease

This fully interactive screening of the classic film with on-screen subtitles is definitely “The one that you want”. Get ready to singa-long with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged.

Sat 25 January | 7.30pm | £23 | £20 | £16.50


Big sounds and even bigger hair hit the Queen’s as the ultimate Zeppelin experience returns! Capturing the magic and excitement of Led Zeppelin’s concerts from the 70s Boot-Led offer the definitive tribute to one of the world’s most legendary rock bands.

Sing along to all your Festive favourites with the popular wartime nostalgia show. Featuring the music of Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields & Marlene Dietrich.


It’s FREE to join and members enjoy: • Free pre-show talks with the director

Join your Chairman for a traditional old-fashioned knees-up featuring the very best music, comedy and variety acts in the Kingdom. Valid at: Love, Lies and Lust Thu 19 September 2.30pm

• 50p off the price of your programme

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Thu 10 October 2.30pm

• The chance to meet the cast after the show over a free cup of tea or coffee

Deathtrap Thu 31 October 2.30pm

30 NOVEMBER 2013 – 11 JANUARY 2014


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The ultimate zero to hero adventure story that’s paved in gold! Dick is off to London to seek fame and fortune but he’ll need your help! Come cheer, hiss and sing along as our hero and his loveable puss travel to exotic lands and mystical worlds. Will Dick defeat the evil King Rat and his terrible gang of vile vermin? And will he find the fortune he’s after? With a belly full of laughs served up by everyone’s favourite dame Sarah the Cook and a sprinkling of magic dust from Fairy Bow Bells this is one adventure that is guaranteed to take flight.

A mewsical extravaganza that’s perfect for the whole family!...

A Queen’s pantomime is the purrrfect festive treat packed with spectacular sets, magic, dancing, fun and laughter - and of course plenty of audience…. purrrrticipation!

By Nicholas Pegg


& FAMILY S D N E FRI NT DISCOU f 5+ for parties o ances rform on GREEN pe

Music and lyrics by Carol Sloman Directed by Bob Carlton Designed by Mark Walters

TICKET PRICES (see page 31) 30 NOVEMBER 2013 – 11 JANUARY 2014

“Family entertainment at its very best" Romford Recorder

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Performance times vary 11am | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm | 6pm

Please check the schedule on page 33 Audio Described performances Saturday 4 January | 2pm Thursday 9 January | 1pm Sign Language Interpreted performance Thursday 9 January | 6.30pm


Probably the best Jazz sessions in Romford!... Guest at the Queen’s Theatre

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Every Sunday until 26 January

Sun 22 September | 7.30pm | £10.50

Sunday Jazz with Pete Corrigan and the Band of Hope

Kai Hoffman Do It While You Can

12.45pm - 2.45pm | Doors open at 12 noon Regular sessions £4 | Under 18s free | Celebrity Jazz sessions £7.50 Enjoy the very best Dixieland jazz, with celebrity guest sessions on the first Sunday every month.

Celebrity Jazz dates: 1 Sep | Val Wiseman: Singer 6 Oct | Nick Dawson: Keyboard/Reeds & Vocals

International singing sensation Kai and her band takes us on an intimate and sometimes cheeky journey through lovers, litigation and loss - whilst proving that contagious laughter really is the best medicine.

Tue 24 September | 8pm | £10.50

Caratinga - Sounds of Brazil

5 Jan | Josh Dubovie: Singer

Brazilian samba masters Caratinga return to Sound Scenes after their phenomenal 2012 debut. With dazzling acoustic interplay, infectious rhythms and gorgeous songs from a centurylong tradition of Brazilian music.

Jazz & Swing afternoons

Sun 20 October | 7.30pm | £10

3 Nov | Andrew Linham: Keyboard/Sax 1 Dec | Lord Arsenal: Trumpet/Piano & vocals

Fri 6 September | Fri 8 November Thu 19 December | 3 – 5pm | £5

Tea Dance Singer Paul Rhodes leads local choir Dawn Chorus choir in an afternoon of popular melodies and swing hits. Includes a donation to St Francis Hospice.

Fri 11 October | 3 - 5pm | £5

Andrew Linham Jazz Fri 6 December | 3 – 5pm | £5

‘Swing Along’ with Jeff at Christmas

Jeff Short Swing Band and

The Golden Days of Hollywood

The best songs from the halcyon days of Hollywood musicals, featuring numbers from the great film studios of MGM, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros & Disney.

Tue 22 October | 8pm | £10.50

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool” Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight brings his band to the Queen’s in a rare and exciting opportunity to catch them live.

Friday 24 January | 3 – 5pm | £5 Pictured above: Pete Corrigan. Left: Kai Hoffman

Helen Keating and her Band

Book 2 - £8 (per show) Book 3 - £6 (per show)

‘Kai is the whole package from head to toe’ Jazzwise Magazine

LIVE MUSIC IN THE FOYER & OTHER EVENTS Sun 24 November | 7.30pm | £10

The Hummingbirds

Bringing a sprinkling of stardust to the fabulous music of Gershwin, Miller, Berlin and Porter, The Hummingbirds present a wonderful evening of 1930s and 1940s nostalgia.

Wed 27 November | 8pm | £10.50

Ramon Goose / Afro – Blues Having worked with the likes of Eric Bibb and Boo Boo Davis, Goose is recognised as one of the most exciting names on the UK blues scene. For this intoxicating evening of hypnotic rhythms he is joined by Senegalese percussionist Ndene Ndiaye.

Sun 26 January | 7.30pm | £10


Queen’s with one of our special guided tours. Children Tours – 10am | 12pm Designed for children aged 4 – 10 these guided tours feature games and activities to keep them riveted!

21 September - 13 October | Free

Now and Then

A fascinating free exhibition offering a compelling look at the building, people and shows that have shaped the Queen’s Theatre history.



PAUL CHOWDHRY “Work in Progress”

Watch the results of our Playwriting Course (see page 27) with rehearsed readings from five emerging local playwrights, performed by professional actors.


Funniest stand-up of 2013 – Loaded Laftas Magazine

HHHH ‘comedy bordering on genius’

Evening Standard

Three Weeks

The Famous Potatoes


Stephen Grant

Sat 21 September | Free


Sara Pascoe ‘defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible’

‘Lacey is top notch!!!’

‘one of my favourite comedians’

Tue 28 January | 7.30pm | £10 The Potatoes play the type of music they call ‘soil music’ because it’s earthy! Eight talented musicians bring you a high-energy evening of bluegrass, country, folk and Cajun.

Queen’s Theatre Open Day

part of London Open House Event Adult Tours – 10am | 11am | 12pm Learn all about the backstage world of

LIVE AND UNDISCOVERED Three bands for just £3 A night of the best new and emerging music talent. Check out the last minute line-up at Mon | 19 Aug | 25 Nov | 27 Jan


Shows starts | 8.30pm | Bar opens from 6pm | £11.50 | £10 Concessions


Burn’s Night is always a great excuse for a ‘wee’ party, whether you’re Scottish or not! Celebrate with haggis, whiskey and popular Scottish melodies of the toe tapping variety with Scotland’s Cavalier of Song Jimmy McWilliams and guests.


Join us every month for a side-splitting evening of the best stand-up acts on the comedy circuit


Wed 29 January | 8pm | £6

Burns Night with Jimmy McWilliams


Bryan Lacey Three Weeks

Pat Monahan ‘Choice one-liners, charming banter’

‘One of the sassiest, subtlest & most cerebral on the circuit…’ Evening Standard

Lloyd Griffiths ‘The next big thing!’ FHM

Phil Nichol ‘Unfailingly impressive’ The Guardian

The List

Adam Bloom

Ricky Gervais

Kevin McCarthy

Angela Barnes

‘The Ad Lib Expert’

‘brilliantly funny’

The Stage

Sarah Millican

SAVE MONEY with a Comedy Club Membership – come every night for JUST £36!


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Join us on the first Saturday of the month in our spacious foyer for an hour of theatrical fun and games, stories and activities for babies to seven year olds

Baby Sensory

Sat 3 August | 11.30am | ages 2-6 | £5 adult | £5 child

45 minutes a session £5 only a place for Baby is required

Danny and His Magic Balloons

Award winning baby development classes designed for babies from birth to 13 months.

A brilliant show seamlessly combining comedy, mayhem and daftness, and of course BALLOONS!

Thu 5 September | 10.30am & 11.45am

Sat 7 September | 11.30am | ages 4-7 | £5 adult | £5 child

Thu 7 November | 10.30am & 11.45am

The AJ Fun Show

Thu 9 January | 10.30am & 11.45am

As much bubbles, snow, dancing, magic, puppets and party games as you can fit into an hour.

Sat 5 October | 11.30am | ages 2-6 | £5 adult | £5 child

Mr Popcorn’s Fun-Time Show with Suzy Sparkle’s Face Painting Join Mr Popcorn & Scruffy the Dog for lots of fun and games, balloon modelling and a guess the cartoon drawing competition with your chance to win one of Mr Popcorn’s wonderful pictures!

Sat 9 November | 11.30am | ages 3-10 | £5 adult | £5 child

Mr Zippy’s Marvellous Magical Menagerie A host of loveable animal puppets drive Mr Zippy round the bend with their hilarious antics in this energetic and unique new show.

Sat 7 December | 11.30am | ages 4-7 | £5 adult | £5 child

Ali Cardarbra It’s all the fun of the circus with ringmaster Ali Cardarbra, Bozo the clown, Ferdinand the performing flea and the Timid Lion!

10am | 45 minutes duration | £5 (only child tickets are required)

Story Play Children aged 5 – 7 will love these interactive storytelling workshops bursting with fun and games, based on a popular children’s story. Sat 7 September | Sat 5 October | Sat 9 November | Sat 7 December |

The Gruffalo’s Child Giraffes Can’t Dance Winnie the Witch Dick Whittington Panto Workshop

Thu 3 October | 10.30am & 11.45am

Creative and fun workshops led by a professional drama tutor leading towards a showcase for family and friends.

Summer Holiday Workshops 5 – 9 August | 9.30am – 1.30pm £60 | ages 7 – 10 Mini Summer School – acting, movement and performing

19 – 23 August | 9.30am – 1.30pm £60 | ages 11 – 14 Summer School Create a play in a week

Jesters Drama Club

Saturdays from 7 September to 23 November (not 2 Nov) 1.30pm – 3.30pm | £6 | ages 7 -11 These drop-in drama workshops are a fun way to develop confidence and make new friends.

‘That’s silly!’ Child audience member on Danny and his Magic Ballonns

LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION A visit to the Queen’s is not just about watching great shows. There are many ways to get involved behind the scenes as well - from drama classes and guided tours to large-scale community theatre projects and writers’ workshops. We work annually with over 12,000 participants to offer a wide range of exciting classes, talks and events catering to all ages from 0 to 90, offering fun ways to build confidence, develop new skills and meet like-minded new friends.

“Best experience of my life, made lots of new friends, great that the whole community of all ages came together” Lighting up the Lane participant

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Cut 2 | ages 14 - 19 An exciting opportunity to be part of our dynamic young performance company! With entry by annual audition, Cut 2 is a weekly club for young people to experiment, create and mount thrilling, fully staged new productions each season.

Q Company | ages 19+ Our drama club meets every

Actors Toolbox | ages 18-30 Sat 7 | Sept 12 | Oct 9 Nov 2pm – 5pm | £10

Tuesday evening to learn new

Aimed at young actors, these one-day master classes are led by a professional tutor and offer an exciting chance to hone skills and perfect technique.

productions for the Queen’s stage.

10 Week Playwriting Course – Intermediate Level Mondays from 9 September 7pm – 9pm | Course fee £50 Covering all the vital elements of playwriting this course is led by renowned playwright Philip Ayckbourn and culminates in a rehearsed reading at Writenight (see page 22).

Q Youth Theatre & Dance Programme Q Youth is a shining opportunity to create exciting theatre and even get the chance to perform on the Queen’s stage. Groups are divided by age, from 7 to 19, and are open to everyone no matter what your level of experience: Q – Club | ages 7 – 11 Q Junior | ages 11 – 14 Q – Dance | ages 13 – 19

theatre skills and develop full-scale

For schools and colleges Whatever the age group we have a wonderful range of workshops, performance opportunities and touring productions designed specifically for schools.

Backstage Tours and Talks Get a rare glimpse of what goes on behind the curtain at one of the country’s last producing repertory theatres. Open to groups and schools. For more information on any of the above contact us on 01708 462377, email or visit our website.

“I loved my year with Cut 2. A diverse, fantastic group of people, learning lots as a cast on our challenging and varied journey...” Young Person on Cut 2


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The Queen’s Theatre is a registered charity that relies on the support of individuals and businesses to thrive as an inspirational arts organisation. Despite generous funding from the London Borough of Havering and Arts Council England, we need to raise £328,000 a year to continue to entertain, delight and engage theatregoers and the local community.

Whether it’s a new sound desk or glitter paint we would love to receive a birthday present from you. All gifts, large or small, will be most gratefully received and will be acknowledged on our website and in the foyer. For more information please visit our website, email or call us on 01708 462349.


We are sincerely grateful to our growing number of business supporters. To find out how your business could benefit from a partnership with our busy and vibrant theatre call 01708 462349 or email development@

Glitter paint

A computer server



Our pantomimes are famed for stage sets that shimmer, shine and sparkle. Help us to keep them twinkling with fifteen litres of glitter paint.


It might not look very exciting but we really need a new one. A server will help us to improve our administration and the effectiveness of our communications.


Costume mannequins


Each year our wardrobe department makes over 125 costumes but our dummies are getting a bit threadbare and need replacing before they fall apart. OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRE QUEEN’S THEATRE CLUB

Sound equipment

To join or for more information visit our website, pick up a leaflet in the foyer or contact membership secretary Mr Alan Garrood, 8 Nyth Close, Upminster RM14 1RB Tel 01708 225978

60th Birthday Gift appeal Help us continue to flourish by donating to our 60th Birthday Gift appeal. We’ve made a wish list of vital resources that we need to help us continue to delight you for years to come.

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One for the techies perhaps - ensure that the sound in our performance spaces is crystal clear with a new mixing and sound desk.

Drum kit


Education workshop


The beat of a drum! A new drum kit would be a great (and very well received) gift for cut to the chase… our resident company of actor-musicians.

Help our education department engage and support local youngsters by paying for a performing arts workshop tutor for six months.


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Online Select your own seat online By phone 01708 443333 | Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm & one hour before Sunday and Bank Holiday performances In person Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm & one hour before Sunday and Bank Holiday performances PRICES Lust, Little Voice & Deathtrap. See page 37 for Treasure Island & Dick Whittington Fri & Sat eves

Mon - Thu eve Sat previews/Matinees

Fri previews













Save up to 45% on top price tickets, get priority information and the first choice of the best seats for Queen’s Theatre productions with a Jump the Q Season Ticket. Choose between the flexibility and extra benefits of a PREMIUM Season Ticket and the super value of a SAVER. Both types are fully transferable so they’re easy to share between friends and family. You don’t have to choose your performances straight away so you can book them in at a later date. And you’ll also get a 50% discount on programmes bought in advance.

PREMIUM £48 Treat yourself to EXTRA benefits and three shows for just £16 each: • Choose from the best available seats for ALL performances, including popular Friday and Saturday evenings*

CONCESSIONS (No concessions Friday & Saturday evenings) Under 26s, students and children (under 18 and in full-time education) All tickets £9.50 | Friday previews £7 off all prices | Monday – Thursday evenings & matinee performances Over 60s £3.50 off all prices Monday – Thursday evenings, previews & matinee performances Disability Living Allowance claimants £3.50 off all prices Monday – Thursday evenings, previews & matinee performances Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support claimants £7 off all prices Monday – Thursday evenings, previews & matinee performances Discounts - Groups of 8+ £4 off all prices Monday – Thursday evenings, previews & matinee performances There are no refunds on tickets. We reserve the right, if necessary, to cancel or alter details of listed events. Tickets for our own productions can be exchanged for a later performance of the same show. Terms and conditions and a small administration fee applies. Tickets may be reserved at the discretion of the Box Office and must be paid for within 7 days.

• Get an additional 20% discount on selected guest shows** • Book up to TWO child tickets at £8.50 each for ANY performance*

SAVER £37.50 Enjoy three amazing shows for only £12.50 each: • Save over 45% on top price tickets • Access the best available seats for Tuesday – Thursday performances, previews and matinees* • Book up to TWO child tickets at £8.50 each for Tuesday – Thursday performances, previews and matinees* Terms and conditions apply – ask at the Box Office or visit * Subject to availability, excludes guest & family shows & pantomime ** Subject to availability




We want your visit to the Queen’s to be as enjoyable as possible. If you have special access requirements then joining our Access Scheme is the best way for us to give you the help you need. For more information ask at the Box Office, call 01708 462376 or email There are three blue badge parking spaces in front of the theatre. Four wheelchair spaces are available in the auditorium for each performance. We schedule Sign Language Interpreted performances for BSL (British Sign Language) users and Audio Described performances for people with visual impairment for all of our own productions. Details can be found on pages 5,7, 9, 11 and 19. Infra red audio transmission is available in the auditorium. Free headsets or neck loops are essential. If you require one please let us know when booking and collect from the box office. Large print and audio versions of this brochure are available on request from VOLUNTEER

To A127 for A12/M25 Junction 28 Emerson Park





WE ARE HERE To Romford A124 Hornchurch Rd

Upminster 4 Change fomins Fenchurch Str

North St

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To Upminster M25 Junction 29 High st

To Elm Park A13, Rainham & Dartford

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Upminster 4 mins Change for Fenchurch St

Hornchurch District Line

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If you are passionate about the arts offering an hour or two of your time is a rewarding way to help raise awareness of the Queen’s. For more information email volunteers@queens-theatre. or call 01708 462362 There is lots of FREE PARKING near us after 6pm, and three blue badge parking spaces in front of the theatre. The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT



30 NOVEMBER - 11 JANUARY 27 JULY - 17 AUGUST JULY 2pm (A) Sa 27 1pm (A) Mo 29 2.30pm (A) Tu 30 2.30pm (A) We 31 AUGUST Th 1 11am (A) 3pm (A) Fr 2 2pm (B) Sa 3 3pm (A) Mo 5 3pm (B) Tu 6 3pm (B) We 7 Th 8 11am (A) 3pm (B) Fr 9 2pm (C) Sa 10 3pm (A) Mo 12 2pm (B) Tu 13 3pm (B) We 14 Th 15 11am (A) 3pm (B) Fr 16 2pm (C) Sa 17

6pm (A) 6pm (A)

6pm (A) 6pm (A)

6pm (B) 6pm (B)

6pm (B) 6pm (B)

PRICES AND CONCESSIONS (A) BARGAIN performances – All tickets £12.50! (B) £14 child | £15 other concessions | £19.50 adults (C) £16.50 child | £21.50 standard (no concessions) GROUP AND FAMILY DISCOUNT Bookings of 4+ receive 10% OFF*  Bookings of 8+ receive 15% OFF* (* Not valid on price band (A) performances.)

jump the Q members | £15 plus one £5 child ticket per member (group discount not valid on jump the Q tickets) The Sign Language Interpreted and Audio Described performance is on Saturday 3 August at 2pm Young person groups (schools/registered organisations) of 15 or more £9.50 per ticket + 1 free teacher/leader ticket with every 15 child tickets. (Not valid on price band (C) performances.)

Sat 30 DEC-13 Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20

10am 10am

10am 10am 10am

10am 10am 10am

7pm P Sat 21 10:30am Mon 23 2pm 7pm Tue 24 10:30am 6:30pm Thu 26 2pm Fri 27 2pm Sat 28 10:30am 7pm Mon 30 2pm 6pm Tue 31 1pm 6:30pm JAN-14 2pm Wed 1 2pm Thu 2 2pm Fri 3 7pm Sat 4 2:30pm 6:30pm Mon 6 1pm 6:30pm Tue 7 2pm Wed 8 2pm Thu 9 Fri 10 7pm Sat 11

2:30pm 6:30pm 2pm 6pm 2:30pm 2.30pm 6:30pm 2pm 6pm 2:30pm 6:30pm 2:30pm 6:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 6:30pm 2:30pm 7pm 2pm AD 6pm 6:30pm 1pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 1pm AD 6:30pm SP 7pm 4pm

GOLD performances £26.50 | £23 | £19.50 | No Concessions RED performances £25 | £22 | £18.50 | Concessions | £4 off: children, under 26s, students, people receiving Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance: GREEN performances £23 | £20 | £16.50 | Family & Friends | £5 off for parties of 5+ Concessions | £5 off: children, under 26s, students, people receiving Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance. Young Person Groups see below BARGAIN BLUE performances £17.50 | £15 | £12.50 Young Person Groups see below YOUNG PERSON GROUPS 15+ Havering School groups of 15+: £10 | £10 per ticket + 1 free teacher | leader ticket with every 15 child tickets Young Person groups (schools/registered organisations) of 15+: £11 | £11 per ticket + 1 free teacher | leader ticket with every 15 child tickets Pay in instalments with Queen’s Theatre Christmas Club. See our website or call the box office for more details.


Treasure Island | 27 July - 17 August

Thu 5 Baby Sensory

Thu 1

11am T. Island 3pm T. Island




7 Children’s fun

Fri Sat

6pm T. Island

2 3 Children’s fun

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P Preview SP Sign Language Interpreted AD Audio Described

2pm T. Island

Sun 4

6pm T. Island

Sun 8

7:30pm Buddy Holly


3-5pm Tea Dance

Sunday Jazz

8pm Lust

Sat 12

8pm Lust

Sun 13

8pm Lust

Tue 15

8pm Little Voice Sunday Jazz

Mon 25

8pm SoundQube

Wed 27

8pm Ramon Goose

7:30pm K Ball’s Jazzmen Thu 28 Sunday Jazz

7.30pm Jeff Short Band DEC-13

7:30pm Searchers

Sun 20


8pm Lust

Tue 22

8pm Gigspanner

Sun 1

3pm T. Island

Wed 11

8pm Lust

Thu 24

8.30pm Comedy Club

Thu 5



3pm T. Island

Thu 12

8pm Lust

Fri 25

8pm Deathtrap P

Fri 6

Wed 7

3pm T. Island



8pm Lust

Sat 26

8pm Deathtrap P

Sat 7

Thu 8 11am T. Island 3pm T. Island



8pm Lust

Sun 27

7.30pm Together Band

Sun 8





2pm T. Island

Sun 11

6pm T. Island

Sun 15

6pm T. Island


7:30pm Syd Lawrence

Wed 18

3pm T. Island

Thu 19



3pm T. Island



Wed 14

3pm T. Island



Sun 22



3pm T. Island

6pm T. Island




2pm T. Island

Sunday Jazz

7:45pm The Hammers 3-5pm Jazz Children’s fun Sunday Jazz

Mon 28

7:30pm Deathtrap

Tue 10

7:30pm Annual Meeting

Tue 29

8pm Deathtrap

Wed 11

8:30pm Talon

8pm Lust SP

Wed 30

8pm Deathtrap

Thu 12

8pm Lust

Thu 31

8pm Deathtrap

Sun 15

Sunday Jazz

8pm Lust GALA


Thu 19

3-5pm Tea Dance


8pm Lust

Fri 1

8pm Deathtrap

Fri 20

Sunday Jazz

7.30pm Kai Hoffman

Sat 2

8pm Deathtrap

Sun 22

8pm Caratinga

Sun 3

2:30pm Lust


2:30pm Deathtrap

Sunday Jazz

8:30pm Talon

Sun 29

Thu 26

8.30pm Comedy Club

Tue 5

8pm Deathtrap


7:30pm Tosca



8pm Little Voice P

Wed 6

8pm Deathtrap

Sun 5

Mon 19

8pm SoundQube



8pm Little Voice P

Thu 7

8pm Deathtrap

Thu 9

Baby Sensory



7:30pm Hold Back Night

Sun 29

7:30pm Clare Teal

Fri 8

8pm Deathtrap

Sun 12

Sunday Jazz

Wed 21

7:30pm Hold Back Night

Mon 30

7.30pm Little Voice

Sat 9

Children’s fun 2:30pm Deathtrap AD 8pm Deathtrap

Thu 16



7:30pm Lighting Up The Lane OCT-13



7:30pm Mods & Rockers

Sun 25

Sunday Jazz

Sun 10 1

2.30pm Variety

Wed 2

Baby Sensory 3-5pm Tea Dance

Sunday Jazz

3:30pm Glenn Miller

7:30pm Glenn Miller

Sunday Jazz

6pm T. Island

Sunday Jazz

7:30pm Julian Smith

2:30pm Forces Sweethearts Sunday Jazz

Sun 18


7:30pm Steeleye Span

8pm Lust

Sunday Jazz


Mon 12

Thu 15 11am T. Island 3pm T. Island

2:30pm Lust AD

Sunday Jazz

Sunday Jazz

7:30pm Cavern Beatles

4pm Black Dyke Band 2:30pm Music Hall

7:30pm Lee Hurst

Fri 17

7:30pm Elvis

8pm Little Voice

Mon 11

7pm Shakespeare Fest

Sat 18

7:30pm Elvis

8pm Little Voice

Tue 12

8pm Deathtrap

Sun 19

Sunday Jazz

7:30pm Circus of Horrors

8pm B’way to Hollywood Thu 3 Baby Sensory

8pm Little Voice

Wed 13

8pm Deathtrap SP

Mon 20

7:30pm Circus of Horrors

Thu 29

8.30pm Paul Chowhury



8pm Little Voice

Thu 14

8pm Deathtrap

Tue 21

7:30pm The Dreamboys



8pm Lust P


5 Children’s fun 2.30pm Little Voice AD 8pm Little Voice



8pm Lust P

Sun 6



SEP-13 Sun 1

Sunday Jazz

Fri 15

8pm Deathtrap

Wed 22

7:30pm Blake

Sat 16

2:30pm Five Star Swing 8pm Deathtrap

Fri 24

Mon 7

7:30pm Blake

Sun 17

Sunday Jazz

7:30pm Paul Daniels

Sat 25


8pm Little Voice

Mon 18

4pm Nutcracker

7:45pm Nutcracker

Sun 26

8pm Little Voice SP

Tue 19

7:45pm Nutcracker

Mon 27

8pm SoundQube

7:30pm V Monologues

Tue 28

8pm Famous Potatoes

7.30pm Hummingbirds

Wed 29


Sunday Jazz


Mon 2

7.30pm Lust

Wed 9



8pm Lust

Thu 10

2.30pm Little Voice

8pm Little Voice

Wed 20

Wed 4

8pm Lust


3-5pm Jazz

8pm Little Voice

Sun 24


Sunday Jazz

8pm Russell Kane 3-5pm Jazz

7:30pm SALA Grease 7:30pm Boot Led Zeppelin

Sunday Jazz

7.30pm Burns Night

Dick Whittington | 30 November - 11 January

Mon 5

8.30pm Comedy Club

Dick Whittington | 30 November - 11 January

CAFĂˆ BAR Bacon butty? Cottage pie? or just a cup of tea and a slice of yummy cake? Open from 10am Monday to Saturday our comfortable and airy cafĂŠ-bar is a great place to relax and meet friends for coffee, lunch or enjoy a pre-show meal. Pop by for delicious homemade hot dishes and snacks, freshly made sandwiches, and over-filled jacket potatoes prepared daily in our kitchens. Looking for a venue for a special occasion? Contact us on 01708 462379 or visit our website for more information on how we could cater your event. Free wi-fi

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