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Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch announces autumn 2018 season

Haunting Julia - A Queens Theatre Hornchurch productionA hilarious classic comedy, the UK regional premiere of a Tony Award-winning musical and a chilling ghost story.

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has today announced its autumn programme for its 65th year will feature the regional professional premiere of a Tony Award-winning musical and two major revivals of classic masterpieces‎.

The season opens with the hilarious situation comedy Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh which runs from 30 August – 22 September. The Queen’s Theatre is co-producing this fresh but faithful look at an iconic classic with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and international partner Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Derby Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre have also commissioned Abi by Atiha Sen Gupta, a new piece of writing as part of Derby Theatre’s RETOLD series, which comprises of new one-woman plays from some of the most sensational female voices in contemporary theatre today. Abi, which will run alongside Abigail’s Party from 4 – 22 September, is told from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Abisheera who surveys what’s left from the previous generation’s night before, in response to Mike Leigh’s seminal play.

Once - A Queen's Theatre Hornchurch & New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich UK regional premiereFollowing the success of their production of Made in Dagenham in 2016, the Queen’s Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich are working together again to produce the UK regional premiere of the multi-award-winning musical Once. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this smash-hit romance will feature an ensemble of actor-musicians and plays from 3 – 20 October.

From 1 – 17 November, the Queen’s Theatre is producing Haunting Julia. This hauntingly tense study of grief and the supernatural is punctuated with trademark wit from Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world’s most popular and prolific playwrights.

The theatre is also welcoming two major visiting productions. Dishoom! a new play by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti comes to the Queen’s Theatre as part of a national tour from 25 – 29 September and is produced by Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

LOVE - A National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre productionLOVE, written by Alexander Zeldin, transfers to the Queen’s Theatre from 25 – 27 October, and is co-produced by the National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
This new play about the housing crisis premiered at the National Theatre and was hailed by the Evening Standard as ‘the National Theatre’s play of the year’ in 2017. This is part of Queen’s Theatre’s developing relationship with the National Theatre which includes being Theatre Partner on the Public Acts project.
For more information about the theatre visit queens-theatre.co.uk

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30 August – 22 September 2018
A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la
Ville de Luxembourg production
ABIGAIL’S PARTY by Mike Leigh
Director Douglas Rintoul
Set & Costume Designer Lee Newby
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer Ivan Stott

4 – 22 September 2018
A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre production
ABI by Atiha Sen Gupta
Director Sarah Brigham
Set & Costume Designer Lee Newby
Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr
Sound Designer Ivan Stott

25 – 29 September 2018
Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre present
DISHOOM! by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Director Pravesh Kumar
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Mark Dymock

3 – 20 October 2018
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich present the UK regional
premiere of
ONCE by Enda Walsh | Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Director Peter Rowe
Designer Libby Watson
Based on the Motion Picture written and directed by John Carney.
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

25 – 27 October 2018
National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of
LOVE written by Alexander Zeldin
Designer Natasha Jenkins
Lighting Designer Marc Williams
Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg

1 – 17 November 2018
A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production
HAUNTING JULIA by Alan Ayckbourn
Director Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Designer Jess Curtis
Sound Designer Paul Dodgson
Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
Tube: Hornchurch
Box Office: 01708 443333
queens-theatre.co.uk

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