The Queen’s Theatre has announced the productions for the Spring season of 2020, and it looks likely to be a big success!
First up will be the “Scottish Play” Macbeth, a co-production with Derby Theatre which will run from the 7 to the 29 February, it will then tour to Derby Theatre, the New Wolsey Theatre and then to Perth – the Scottish Play finally going to Scotland! This wonderful, bloodthirsty Shakespeare thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. Already 23 schools have signed up for this production.
Next to feature will be the world premiere of ‘Maggie May’ by Glasgow based theatre, tv and radio writer Frances Poet, and is co produced with the Leeds Playhouse and Curve Leicester where it tour after the Queen’s. A heart warming drama with humour and an uplifting story of ever lasting love. All accompanied with familiar music.Runs 13th – 28th March
Bringing the season to a close will be a brand new “juke box” musical, written and directed by the Queen’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul called ‘Love Letters’. This tells the story of an unposted love letter meant to have been sent by a passionate young couple who were dating, only to be delivered many years later! The action will be interspersed with hits from the 60s up to today featuring artists and musicians from Essex. It is a funny, working class love story which should warm the cockles of your heart, especially those of us who call Essex our home. This runs from the 28th April to 16th May
This production is part of the Essex On Stage programme; an ambitious new project led by the Queen’s Theatre, which champions positive notions of Essex and celebrates theatre made by working class people. The aim is to raise the aspirations of emerging artists from Essex and outer East London and has been generously supported by the Clothworkers Foundation. The launch of the Spring Season was made in the new QLearning Space; Douglas Rintoul has assembled a vibrant and ambitious team at the Queen’s , which is taking the theatre into a new, inclusive and progressive era. The QLearning Space is a new and dedicated space for learning and participatory work with young people and the local community , accessible to everyone. Quite an achievement that this has been built from the inside without disturbing the running of shows. We are very lucky in Havering to have such a fabulous facility as the Queen’s on our doorstep, with quality shows and entertainments.