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Queen’s Theatre launches new fundraising plans to give venue makeover as part of its 65th birthday celebrations

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 September 2018

Queen's Theatre. Picture: Tim Anderson

Queen's Theatre. Picture: Tim Anderson

TIM ANDERSON

To coincide with a theatre’s 65th birthday, fundraising plans to give the building a “refreshing facelift” have been unveiled.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, has revealed its plans to innovate and renovate the iconic theatre building for artists, participants and audiences alike as part of its QNew project.

The planned makeover is expected to help the venue make better theatre, work with more young people and community groups, offer a more comfortable experience for its audiences and also be more open and accessible to deaf and disabled people.

The project has also been launched to keep the theatre alive as a safe and environmentally friendly community hub.

To make this possible, the venue will be introducing a 65p QNew Transformation fee per ticket, which will come into effect on its 65th birthday on Friday, September 21.

Once this fee comes into use, the current £1 fee transaction charge for tickets will be abolished.

The ability to print tickets at home will also be introduced for the convenience of those who want to.

Funds raised will contribute towards supporting a number of exciting projects throughout 2019.

These include equipping a new dedicated rehearsal facility on site for the first time in the theatre’s history, creating a special room for local and regional artists to try out new ideas and building a new look ground floor bar to compliment the busy cafe.

Outdated equipment will also be replaced, better air conditioning will be installed in the foyer and front of house as well as backstage will be made more convenient for deaf and disabled people.

Artistic director Douglas Rintoul said: “QNew is an exciting new vision and long overdue bit of love for our wonderful building, ensuring it’s used by more of our community and enabling us to make the best work that we possibly can.”Further information about QNew and the QNew Transformation fee is available on queens-theatre.co.uk.

Audiences can also speak to the theatre’s Box Office staff on 01708 443333 if they have any questions or can pick up a leaflet from the theatre in person.

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