Community musical marks 60 glorious years of theatre

PUBLISHED: 10:55 03 July 2012

Lighting Up The Lane-  Barry Kirk PLEASE CAPTION

Lighting Up The Lane- Barry Kirk PLEASE CAPTION


»Rehearsals are under way for Lighting Up the Lane, an all-singing all-dancing community musical marking 60 glorious years of the Queen’s Theatre.

In the run-up to the Queen’s Theatre’s own special Diamond Jubilee next year, Lighting Up the Lane starts celebrations early with an uplifting story about the birth of the Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from July 18 to July 21.

The Queen’s bi-annual community play, which aims to involve people in the life of their local theatre, boasts an enormous 60-strong cast from ages eight to 69.

Following a series of open auditions held in April, rehearsals are now in full swing for this heartening musical created by local writing team Dave Ross and Gerry Sweeney, directed by Patrick O’Sullivan with original music and lyrics by Steven Markwick.

On the steps of a silent cinema, a theatre is born... Georgie, Maggie and the gang loved playing on the steps outside the silent cinema in Station Lane, acting out the golden Holly-wood moments of the ’30s.

But when “The Talkies” came to town, the old cinema shut down and soon everyone’s peace was shattered by the war.

Follow the heart-warming journey of our two young sweethearts as they overcome tragedy and betrayal to defend their childhood dreams, rally against demolition and fight for Hornchurch’s first ever theatre!

Tickets are £12.50 and £9 for concessions from 01708 443333 or

Also part of the run-up to next year’s celebrations, the Queen’s, along with Havering Museum, is organising a special heritage project, delving into the beginnings of the theatre and involving thousands of local people.

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