Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

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What you need to know about Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch:

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is a producing theatre based in the London Borough of Havering. It produces around eight shows a year, often working in collaboration with other theatres. Along with these in-house productions, its programme also includes dramas, musicals, comedies, concerts and family theatre from visiting companies. They also stage an annual pantomime.

The theatre has two performance spaces; the main auditorium that seats 500, and the smaller foyer stage. It also has a bar and café area, and a scenic workshop.

Along with programming performances, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has a significant learning and participation programme that helps young people of all backgrounds enjoy and create theatre.

The theatre started in 1953 and was housed in a former cinema. It moved to its purpose-built modern premises in 1975.

Douglas Rintoul is the Artistic Director.

Top facts about Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch:

  1. Two of the biggest hits in the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s producing history are Return To The Forbidden Planet and Blood Brothers.
  2. The theatre originally opened in the coronation year of 1953, which is where it gets its name.
  3. Famous names to have performed at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch include Maggie Smith, Martin Shaw, Joan Plowright, Prunella Scales and also Nigel Hawthorne.

Key information about Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch:


Tube: The closest tube station is Hornchurch (District line), which is a 15 minute walk from the venue.

Train: The closest train station is Emerson Park (London Overground), which is a five minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 165, 256, 370, 193, 248, 252 and 372 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: There is a large car park next to the theatre (free after 6pm, Monday – Saturday), plus three spaces for blue badge holders at the front of the building.

Accessibility info:

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is wheelchair accessible and is fitted with ramps and a wheelchair accessible lift. There are spaces for four wheelchairs in row E of the auditorium.

Accessible toilets are available.

The auditorium has an infra-red hearing system, while the box office is fitted with an induction loop

Working dogs are welcome at the theatre.

Audio and large print brochures are available on request.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 01708 443333 or email [email protected]

Accessibility discount?

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch offers discounted tickets to people receiving disability-related benefits.

Access performances:

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch schedules BSL-interpreted, audio described, relaxed and dementia-friendly performances. For future performances, please visit the theatre’s website or contact the box office.


Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has its own café serving food throughout the day, from hot breakfasts through to sandwiches and jacket potatoes, plus a range of freshly made hot meals. They also offer children’s lunchboxes. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance.

The theatre has a fully stocked bar where visitors can purchase drinks and light snacks before performances start and during the interval.

Free wi-fi is available in the café area.

For more information visit Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s website