A chilling thriller, a heart-warming drama and a regional professional premiere of an iconic musical.
The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has today announced its spring programme in its 65th year will feature two major revivals of classic plays produced through exciting collaborations and the regional professional premiere of a glamorously iconic musical.
The season opens with the spine-tinglingly gripping thriller, Rope, which runs from 15 February – 3 March. Based on a 1920’s real-life case, this dark classic by Patrick Hamilton was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers. Co-produced with the New Wolsey Theatre (7 – 17 March), this continues the successful collaborations the Queen’s Theatre has had with the Ipswich-based theatre, following the regional premiere of smash-hit musical Made in Dagenham in 2016 and comedies Worst Wedding Ever and The Ladykillers.
Following last year’s acclaimed revival of The Crucible, the Queen’s Theatre is partnering with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg again to produce Diana Samuels’ heart-warming classic Kindertransport in association with Selladoor Productions. Running from 8 – 24 March, it marks the 80 th anniversary of the Kindertransport and 25 years since the play was written. After its Hornchurch run it plays at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
from 27 – 31 March and then embarks on a UK tour to the New Wolsey Theatre, Richmond Theatre and Manchester Opera House.
Finally, the theatre is excited to be producing the regional professional premiere of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical from 27 April – 19 May. This uplifting tale is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director at the Queen’s Theatre. Based on the smash-hit movie, audiences are promised a highly entertaining new take on this iconic musical.
The theatre is delighted to be welcoming a diverse visiting programme. Highlights include The Game of Love & Chai by Tara Arts (19 – 21 April) – Marivaux’s classic French farce which has been brilliantly updated by Nigel Planer – and the phenomenal mod musical, All or Nothing featuring hits by the Small Faces from 21 – 26 May.
The Queen’s Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with the National Theatre on Public Acts to produce a new production of Pericles on the NT’s Olivier stage in August 2018. Adapted by Chris Bush, it will feature a cast of professional actors together with a large community ensemble, who will be cast through their connection with numerous community partner organisations across Greater London.
15 February – 3 March 2018
A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre production
ROPE by Patrick Hamilton
Director Douglas Rintoul
Designer Ruari Murchison
Lighting Designer Mark Dymock
Sound Designer Yvonne Gilbert
8 – 24 March 2018
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in association with Selladoor Productions
KINDERTRANSPORT by Diane Samuels
Director Anne Simon
Designer Marie-Luce Theis
Lighting Designer Nic Farman
Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly
8 – 24 March | Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
27 – 31 March | Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
16 – 21 April | New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
23 – 28 April | Richmond Theatre
30 April – 5 May | Manchester Opera House
27 April – 19 May 2018
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch presents the regional professional premiere of PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Director Douglas Rintoul
Lighting Designer Mark Howland
Choreographer Darragh O’Leary
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Inc.
Produced by NULLARBOR PRODUCTIONS In association with MGM ON STAGE
Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy
Developed for the Stage and Originally Directed by Simon Phillips
The original motion picture was written and directed by Stephan Elliott, produced by Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn, executive producer Rebel Penfold-Russell and was financed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited and the New South Wales Film and Television Office.
The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT