At Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch we present the highest quality in live performance by established performers from all round the UK but we also actively nurture the work of emerging and independent theatre makers on our doorstep.


Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s talent development programme, Outer Limits, connects with regional professional artists, reaching 1,700 each year, now internationally too through Future Laboratory, in partnership with 12 European theatres. Essex on Stage is QTH’s ambitious programme championing positive notions of Essex & raising aspirations for working class artists, made possible through the 2018 Clothworkers’ Foundation Theatre Award, launched with the regional premiere of David Eldridge’s In Basildon.

Situated in the borough with the 4th lowest arts engagement in London, and as the 11th fastest changing in the country, we secured £1 million of Creative People and Places funding towards Havering Changing, a partnership of 8 local organisations engaging local people in culture. We are leading new local cultural education and creative health voluntary sector partnerships. Each year an astonishing 45% of our audience are new to the Theatre and 61% are from under served areas.



Outer Limits

If you’re a performance-maker living, working or from Essex or Outer East London, we’re here to offer you a range of support.  By joining our mailing list, you’ll be the first to find out about performance and networking opportunities and by being a member, you can access free rehearsal space and advice – ranging from help with funding applications to dramaturgical assistance.

If you’d like to join us, let us know what your connection to the area is and what type of maker you are (writer, actor, director, musician, poet, etc) and we’ll be in touch. Complete this form, or  email

Coming from Further Afield?
If you’re from outside of London/Essex and are interested in a career in the theatre, please email


Writer’s Networking Group

We host a members’ run social group for playwrights of all ages and levels of ability.

This usually takes place on the first Saturday of every month in our foyer. It gives writers the opportunity to meet, share ideas and discuss and workshop their work. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch also provides this group with the opportunity to showcase their work on The Other Stage.

Contact for more details.


Lockdown Online

During Lockdown, we had a glorious time connecting with our members over Zoom every week and it was clear that the Outer Limiters were staying creative during lockdown.

Following a callout for digital work created during that strange time, we were overjoyed with the responses and are delighted to be able to share them with you.


In Between Pods by Wilson James MORE LESS

In Between Pods is a podcast that focuses on what it means to be a ‘creative’ working (or not) in their chosen industry today. Whilst looking at these people’s incredible achievements and how they got there, I am here to investigate the more profound questions that strive for a deeper understanding of topics such as mental health, relationships, ambitions, process, self worth and what life means when working. Or, quite simply, how to keep life fun when in between jobs.

The Habbit Factory sing 'You Will Be Found' MORE LESS

2020 has been a tough year with Covid-19. Whilst we have been apart, we must remember that we are not alone. Here is the Habbit Factory’s (a charity in Havering) members, staff and volunteers doing a sing a long to “You will be found” from Dear Evan Hansen.


Lockdown Logs by Emma White MORE LESS

A comedic peek behind the curtain into the lives of ordinary people living through the extraordinary experience of the UK Lockdown.


Vintage by Lucy Kaufman MORE LESS

Young married couple David and Emma seek relationship counselling for their unusual marital issue, expecting us to provide all the answers. Produced in lockdown by Encompass Online

This One's For You by Jon Hare MORE LESS

Heroes currently come in all shapes and sizes. Brentwood songwriter Jon Hare has put his old band back together during lockdown to record This One’s For You – for everyone playing their part right now.


SPYHOLE is a new monologue by Ben SantaMaria about lockdown isolation, surviving social media and the pros and cons of Tom Hardy. The short film is performed and directed by Jenet Le Lacheur for #TheOnlineMonologueSeries from new writing company Sharp Scratches.

Meet Again by Ed Keates MORE LESS

Ed Keates is a professional actor and writer.  He has appeared on stage and screen, likes chocolate and chips, but not on the same plate.  He is a member of the ELE (East London & Essex Writing Group) which meets monthly at Queen’s Theatre.  His short film It’s Over? was nominated for the Havering Award at last year’s Romford Film Festival and he’s currently working on his 2nd screenplay.

The Sharon and Trac(e)y Project MORE LESS

The Sharon and Tracey Project’, a collaboration between Local Girl Productions, Jules Tipton and Andrew Linham.
During lockdown we ‘interviewed’ women called either Sharon or Trac(e)y to find out more about their lives and to celebrate Essex women and dispel those negative stereotypes.