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A night to remember: Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre celebrates 65th birthday anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2018

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

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A popular Hornchurch theatre celebrated 65 years of entertainment with a special 70s themed fundraising party.

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

The Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane celebrated its 65th birthday in style on Friday, September 21 with food, brilliant live music and fun fashion.

Guests were warmly greeted and served a selection of delicious canapés and retro cocktails in the theatre’s set building workshop before enjoying an exclusive three course meal on stage with the actors of Abigail’s Party and Abi.

The party then carried on into the evening with more guests joining for a disco inferno to dance the night away.

Mathew Russell, executive director of the theatre said: “The many months of planning‎ and promoting really paid off with the delivery of a slick, immersive, visually impressive, fun, musical, tasty, warm evening of 65th Birthday Celebrations.

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

“I wish we’d made a documentary; it really was like an evening at the BAFTAs.

“Thank you to all involved and to our guests for their very generous support.”

A funky live band performed a range of 70s classics and featured performances from Di Croft, David Grace, Georgina Field, Gemma Salter and Al Twist.

They were joined by drummer Edmund Knight, keyboardist Alex S. Tower and James Payne on guitar and vocals.

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

DJ Tom Swindon got the guests into the groove until late with feel-good dance floor anthems.

The money raised will go towards helping fund the theatre’s wide-reaching, unique programme of live theatre, community and education projects.

This includes working with young people and the community, investing in and nurturing artistic talent, making theatre accessible and developing new audiences.

Abigail’s Party which was co-produced with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, recently received four nominations in the prestigious Off West End Theatre Awards (Offies).

The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.The Queen's Theatre celebrated their 65th birthday with a special 70s themed fundraising party. Picture: Sarah Soliman.

Assessors from the Offies nominated the play for Best Production, actress Melanie Gutteridge for Best Female Performance, Susie Emmett for Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role and Lee Newby for Best Set Design.

The Queen’s Theatre is one of more than 80 participating venues across London for the awards.

For more information about Queen’s Theatre visit queens-theatre.co.uk.

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