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Essex On Stage

Essex on Stage is an ambitious new two-year programme led by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, championing positive notions of Essex, celebrating theatre made by working-class people and raising aspirations for emerging artists from Essex and Outer East London. It includes commissioning new plays, establishing a network of venues, touring drama about Essex across Essex for new audiences, organising local events to develop talent and making life-changing projects with communities.

Essex on Stage has been made possible by the generous support of The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the recipient of the 2018 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, a competitive annual prize given to a regional producing theatre, that has only ever been awarded five times.

Essex on Stage Play Readings

23 Mar 2019






Tammyplayreading by Kelly Jones

Legacy – playreading by Dan Murphy

Stiletto Beachplayreading by Sadie Hasler


In Basildon






by David Eldridge

14 – 30 Mar 2019

A juicy slice of Essex family life

Stiletto Beach






by Sadie Hasler

4- 28 Sep 2019

A funny, heart-warming look at what it really means to be an Essex girl…

So Here We Are






by Luke Norris

7-28 Sep 2019

A fast-moving witty play about Essex boys and their hopes, dreams & frustrations…

Outer Limits Southend






Old Trunk in association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

12 & 13 Oct 2019

A Weekend Festival of Words in the heart of Southend-on-Sea celebrating the Essex Creative Scene







By Anne Odeke, Guleraana Mir,  Kenny Emson and Sadie Hasler

12 – 22 November 2020

An entertaining premiere capturing the true spirit of Essex and its people


Love Letters






by Douglas Rintoul

23 April -15 May 2021

A brand new musical celebrating the very best of Essex

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