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Hornchurch theatre partners with National Theatre for Shakespeare’s musical Pericles

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 July 2018

Members of the Pericles company joined by National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris and the Pericles creative team. Picture: James Bellorini

Members of the Pericles company joined by National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris and the Pericles creative team. Picture: James Bellorini

James Bellorini

William Shakespeare’s story of a naive Prince who flees his home and embarks on a sea-ward journey will be produced by the National Theatre in an exciting new partnership with Queen’s Theatre.

The Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is a partner of the National Theatre’s new initiative, Public Acts, which creates extraordinary acts of theatre and community.

A company of more than 200 people will join professional artists to breathe new life into the musical version of Pericles.

When a reckless act threatens the safety of Prince Pericles he must flee his home and take to sea.

The musical follows his story as he is driven from shore to shore.

Douglas Rintoul, artistic director at Queen’s, said: “We’re thrilled to be the first partner collaborating with the National Theatre on Public Acts.

“It’s enabling us to engage deeply with diverse community groups in a way that will have a long lasting impact on individuals and our organisation.

“It’s creating a cultural meeting place, connecting inner and outer London whilst also enhancing a sense of local pride through the celebration of our community and the Queen’s Theatre itself.”

The launch of Public Acts with Pericles marks the mid-point of a two year partnership with the Havering Asian Social Welfare Association (Haswa).

Haswa in Kilmartin Way is an association that aims to improve the quality of life of Asians and the wider communities in Havering by promoting social integration.

Its members have taken part in a programme of workshops, trips and opportunities for exchange and will form part of the company for Pericles.

Manjit K. Singh of Haswa said: “Everyone has greatly enjoyed and looked forward to taking part in the workshops each week and I can’t believe how much our members have grown in confidence and developed new and lasting relationships with one another.

Pericles will be performed on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre on London’s Southbank on August 26 - 28.

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