Theatre treats announced at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch for this autumn

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 16 April 2018

The National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Love is coming to the Queen's Theatre

The National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Love is coming to the Queen's Theatre


Theatre-goers can look forward to a mix of comedy, a haunting study of grief, and the regional premiere of an award-winning musical this autumn in Hornchurch.

The Queen's Theatre announced that their production of Haunting Julia will feature in their 2018 Autumn season. Photo: Queen's Theatre.The Queen's Theatre announced that their production of Haunting Julia will feature in their 2018 Autumn season. Photo: Queen's Theatre.

The Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, announced its autumn programme on Monday, April 9 for its 65th anniversary year.

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, is joining forces with the Queen’s Theatre to produce the UK regional premiere of the multi-award winning musical Once.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this smash-hit romance will feature an ensemble of actor-musicians and plays from October 3 - 20.

The season opens with the hilarious situation comedy, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh which runs from August 30 - September 22.

Made famous by the BBC Play for Today starring Alison Steadman, the Queen’s Theatre is co-producing this adaptation with Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and international partner Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Matthew Russell, executive director at Queen’s, said: “Our newly announced autumn season consists of four very special pieces of Hornchurch theatre, which will be created and presented in partnership with some wonderful partners and artists.

“In addition, we’re incredibly excited to have the National Theatre’s Love transfer to us and to be reconfiguring the auditorium especially for this visit.”

From November 1 - 17, the Queen’s Theatre is producing Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn, a tense study of grief and the supernatural.

Derby Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre have also commissioned Abi by Atiha Sen Supta, as part of the Derby Theatre’s Retold series of new one-woman plays.

Abi, which will run from September 4 - 22, is told from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Abisheera who surveys what’s left from the previous generation’s night before, in response to Mike Leigh’s seminal play.

Theatre-goers can also look forward to two major visiting productions. Dishoom! a new play by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti comes to the Hornchurch theatre as part of a national tour from September 25 - 29 and is produced by Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01708 443333 or visit

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