In 2012, Wilko Johnson, the iconic rock star and founder of legendary Essex band Dr Feelgood, was told he had inoperable cancer and a year to live. Refusing all treatment, he decided to spend his last months living meaningfully: seeing the people, places and things which meant most to him during his remarkable life. 

Then, a miracle happened…. 

This world premiere production of a new play – a mixture of words, rock ‘n roll, and quotes from the man himself – tells the amazing, uplifting true story of Wilko, the Canvey Island legend. 

Queens Theatre Winter Fundraising Quiz Night

Celebrating 70 years of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Filled with music, tricky questions and laughs you’ll be entertained throughout.

Tables of 6-8 people. Book your tickets below or call Box Office on 01708 443333


As a charity we rely on fundraising activities to enable the Theatre’s wide-ranging programme, particularly working with young people and the community, investing in and nurturing artistic talent, making theatre accessible and developing new audiences.

The 39 Steps

A Fiery Angel in Association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

The 39 Steps, brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage as the smash hit Olivier and Tony Award Winning Comedy, is back out on a UK tour after nearly 10 years in London’s West End, taking Broadway by storm, playing in 39 different countries across the globe, and delighting over 3 million people worldwide with its quintessentially plucky spirit and dashing sense of fun.

Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

**** “A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic” The Sunday Times

**** “Hilarious” Sunday Express

“Dizzyingly Entertaining” The Telegraph


John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow. From an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Killing Jack

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production


The Autumn of Terror. 1888. When five women are brutally slaughtered in the slum warrens of Whitechapel, the world’s biggest manhunt begins and a legend is born. Jack the Ripper. 

Halloween. 2023. Best mates Jules and Maz are dressed to kill and ready for fun. But on the night of the dead, a shattering event occurs and something awakens in the old bones of Whitechapel. Something dark, something restless…  

Killing Jack, a newly commissioned play from Sadie Hasler (Stiletto Beach, Misfits), is a darkly thrilling plunge into a world where women return to take back their stories; perhaps even to exact their own bloody revenge…

Photos: Mark Sepple

The Invincibles

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production


Known as the Dagenham Invincibles, Sterling Ladies are the greatest women’s football team of World War One. Over two whirlwind seasons they will never lose a game. The New York Herald declares them “The Unbeaten Women Champions of the Country.” Yet in 1919, the factory girls hang up their boots and triumphs fade into obscurity…

In 2023 their war-cry is heard in the roar of the Lionesses. The world has changed, yet the Women’s World Cup evokes The Invincibles joyous spirit. For Hornchurch teenager Maya, it’s the event of the summer. Cheering England from the family sofa, she also conjures up long-lost footballing secrets …

This world premiere play from Amanda Whittington, one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK, will be written as the World Cup plays out. Like the best football games, we won’t know the result until the final whistle…

Promising thrills and spills, The Invincibles will celebrate both the Lionesses’ epic summer adventure and the pioneering women who played their heart out a century – yet just a heartbeat – before.

The Invincibles Free Sheet 2023


To celebrate the world premiere of The Invincibles, we are delighted to showcase a unique exhibition telling the story of 150 years of women’s football. A world-class collection of memorabilia, the exhibition explores the development of women’s football from the Victorian era to the Women’s World Cup of 2023.

Rare and distinctive items dating from the turn of the century to present day are on display, including items from the women’s football legend Lizzy Ashcroft Collection and her grandson Steve’s personal collection which is packed with culturally significant artefacts.

Photo Credit: Zbigniew Kotkiewicz

New Beginning

A Variable Matter and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production, in association with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


New Beginning is a one-of-a-kind 60 minute performance, using stunning projections, a newly composed score and soundscape, poetic text and natural materials to immerse audiences in our future planet. Explore the magic of forests, and the devastating effect of climate change. Made with 206 young people who guide us through this constantly evolving powerful experience, New Beginning will challenge perceptions and make us question the impact we have on the natural world…

From Variable Matter, the artist led collective behind The People’s Kitchen and The Rising Sun, and directed and designed by award-winning artist David Shearing.

In our beginning is our end…


Here’s a short clip from the production:

The Red Lion

A New Wolsey Theatre production


A new production of the West-End hit

It’s the small-time. The semi-pro. The non-league. In a world far removed from the wealth and media of football, this club is struggling to make ends meet. So, when a gifted young player arrives out of nowhere, it’s the opportunity everyone’s been waiting for. For the kit man this brilliant player will restore the declining fortunes of the club. But the ambitious manager is determined to make him his own.

Exploring issues of trust, loyalty and conflict across three generations, this is a new production of the touching, funny and powerful locker-room drama from multi-award-winning writer Patrick Marber.

In a play that resonates in contemporary British society, The Red Lion goes beyond the pitch to look at hope, obsessions and the desperation of humanity to be a part of something.

The Book Of Will

★★★★ “Shakespeare’s words meant all the world to his friends – and now they share those words with all the world.”  The Guardian


A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Octagon Theatre Bolton, and Shakespeare North Playhouse production

A love letter to theatre about the actors who saved Shakespeare’s plays!

Experience the magic of live performance like never before in our transformed auditorium. We’ve created an intimate in-the-round setting that offers a unique and immersive experience for our audience members. Get up close and personal with the actors and feel like you’re part of the action.

Don’t miss out on this European and UK premiere production!

The Book of Will – Free Sheet

Dick Whittington

A purrr-fect magical rags to riches tale

Join plucky Dick Whittington and trusty cat on their quest for fame and fortune. Arriving in London, disaster strikes, as the streets aren’t paved with gold, but overrun with rats unleashing hell across the city…

So as Dick sets out on exciting escapades far afield, he’s going to need more than the help of Cherry Bakewell and cheery cook Sherrie Trifle if he’s to fulfil his magical destiny to become Mayor of London!

Hot on the heels of last year’s record breaking Sleeping Beauty, winner of the Off West End 2023 Best Pantomime award, this festive sparkling favourite with side splitting jokes, fabulous actor musician musicality and traditional mayhem, is guaranteed to delight all ages.


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Sucker Punch

A Theatre Nation Partnerships production, produced by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Sucker Punch by Roy Williams

Two best mates, Leon and Troy, have spent their youth growing up in a boxing gym, figuring out a place in the world, vying for the approval of Charlie, their trainer. Soon Leon and Becky, Charlie’s daughter, are trying to keep a big secret. In a ruthless world. But there can only be one winner, and it’s time everyone stepped into the ring to face up to who they really are…

This tender, bruising and funny play by leading British dramatist Roy Williams, brilliantly explores being young and black in the 80s.

Winning the Alfred Fagon Award, The Writers Guild Award for Best Play and nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play, it first opened in a sell-out production at London’s Royal Court.

A regional premiere of thrillingly staged event theatre, from an exciting partnership of theatres, touring nationally.


Sucker Punch free sheet 

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