Search

Exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 April 2013

This image is one of the theatre's earliest pantomimes. The image will be in the exhibition.

This image is one of the theatre's earliest pantomimes. The image will be in the exhibition.

Archant

The “rich and fascinating history” of the Queen’s Theatre is set to come alive in a touring exhibition.

The Queen's Players were part of the earlier life of the theatre. Find out more about them in the exhibitionThe Queen's Players were part of the earlier life of the theatre. Find out more about them in the exhibition

Called Now And Then, the exhibition celebrates 60 years of the theatre and is at the Havering Museum in High Street, Romford from now until the May 4.

The interactive exhibition will also go on a tour to a range of venues across the borough until October this year.

Irida Ntalla, exhibition co ordinator said: “The exhibition has something for everyone.

“It is very interactive, if you don’t like reading then there are lots of pictures because it is very visual.”

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey back to the start of the Queen’s Theatre in Station Lane during the early 1950’s.

The theatre first opened in 1953 in Station Lane in a building which had fallen into disuse having once been a cinema and storage facility.

It was funded by Hornchurch Urban District Council and was the first professional theatre building in the country to be managed by a district council.

The theatre soon outgrew its building and a new purpose built theatre was built in Billet Lane which officially opened on April 2 1975 by Sir Peter Hall, the director of the national theatre.

The exhibition also looks at the theatre’s repertory companies, the pantomimes and its numerous productions.

Irida said: “I think the theatre is unique because it is like a jewel in Hornchurch.

“The theatre also does a lot of work in educating young audiences and introducing them into the world of drama.”

The exhibition was put together by a team of volunteer researchers of all ages, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Havering Museum.

The volunteers helped to research into the early history of the theatre and its surrounding area by using local libraries and the theatre’s archive as well as interviewing people who worked with the theatre at the time.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Romford News Stories

17:21

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing teenager who frequents Romford Ilford and Chigwell.

Havering’s brilliant young people have been rightly recognised at last night’s fantastic Jack Petchey Awards.

A young entrepreneur who started his console repair and modifying business at just 16 years old, says he’s “the best” at what he does.

The borough’s engineering hopefuls look set to receive a huge boosts to their futures as plans for an £11m Havering College construction centre have been unveiled.

In the first in a series of monthly health specials, we look at north east London’s healthcare and discuss with local experts the biggest challenges it faces.

Yesterday, 15:43

Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has blasted a housing association’s “constant failure to provide quality services” after Orchard Village residents were left without running water for almost 24 hours.

Yesterday, 15:13

Tube drivers are to stage a 24-hour strike next month after voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over working conditions.

Yesterday, 12:51

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now