The Queen’s Theatre is run by a charity, the Havering Theatre Trust Ltd.
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are recruited according to the skills and networks required by the Trust. Of course this changes from time to time.
Trustees usually serve for a maximum of two three-year terms.
The Board meets five times a year and delegates the day-to-day running of the Queen’s Theatre to the executive team, Artistic Director, Douglas Rintoul and Executive Director, Mathew Russell.
The Executive Team work closely together. The Artistic Director sets the overall artistic vision for the company, selecting shows to produce, and their directors and casts; the Executive Director makes sure that the Trust has resources (financial and otherwise), to realise this programme
The Audiences and Facilities team is responsible for all visitors to the building, whether audiences, visiting companies, or contractors. They also take care of the fabric of the building; and on the side serve tea, coffee, cake, and perhaps something stronger.
Our Communications people are often the first point of contact for someone coming to us for the first time – they generate all the print and advertising, press releases, and they look after this website. The Communications team also looks after the box office, and vital fundraising. And they are the most stylish in the company.
The Stage and Performances team are the creative geniuses behind every single performance at the Queen’s Theatre, and provide sound, lighting, props, costumes, flying, and sometimes just TLC.
Finance takes care of banking, budgeting, cashflow, accounts and planning. (They also field a mean pub quiz team.)
Our Learning and Participation team organises the massive suite of outreach work done by the Queen’s Theatre, from Baby Sensory events for the very youngest and our brilliant Youth Theatre company to our huge, incredibly popular community musicals. Their office is the most untidy.
The Production Workshops team create all our wonderful scenery. They’re also available for outside projects from time to time. Usually seen covered in paint and sawdust, they do scrub up nicely.
Last but not least Administration looks after programming, scheduling, internal communications and office support. They make sure the Executive team are in the right place at the right time; this is a sensation not unlike herding cats.