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Stiletto Beach

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production

Stiletto Beach

by Sadie Hasler

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

Best mates Leanne and Kelly have lived in Southend-on-Sea their whole lives. Larger than life Leanne is happy staying put, but Kelly secretly dreams of escaping her dull job and seeing the world.

When out-of-towner journalist Helen can’t afford Leigh on Sea so moves in next door instead, events take a surprising turn. As Leanne and Kelly take her under their wing, an unexpected friendship blooms in Spoons, and Helen soon has them reconsidering what it means to celebrate where you’re from.

With the help of Leanne’s Nan, eastender Roni, they take a sharp swipe at stereotypes women have been putting up with for decades. Mischief ensues, fires are lit, and the Essex girls do what’s in their blood: cause trouble – but not in a way anyone would expect…

The world premiere of a sharply observed authentic new play by Sadie Hasler (Pramkicker, Fran and Leni) whose work has been described as “a real gem” (The Guardian) and “desperately funny” (The Stage).

‘It’s a cracker’ David Eldridge (In Basildon, Beginnings and Market Boy)

‘Boisterous, brash, shameless’ Reviews Hub on Fran & Leni

Essex on Stage plays include language and situations authentic to the characters and worlds portrayed.

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.


Talk Back

Weds 18th – Stiletto Beach

We will be joined by the cast of Stiletto Beach to answer audience questions on acting and the production. Also on the panel will be Flow Adepoju, founder of beauty brand MDMflow, to discuss her stories of being a successful business woman and her experience of going against the ‘Essex Girl’ stereotype.



Both shows in our Essex Girls and Boys season explore the importance of friendship, and what better way to celebrate the power of friendship than a night out with your best mates? We all get by with a little help from our friends, so we’re treating you! Bring yourself and a few friends along to see Stiletto Beach or So Here We Are on Friday or Saturday and you can get a FREE glass of wine or bottle of beer each! To claim, simply enter code MATES at checkout to receive your drinks vouchers.

Offer applies to parties of four or more people. Only valid on Friday and Saturday performances of Stiletto Beach and So Here We Are. Offer applies to 175ml glass of house wine or standard size bottle of beer.


Up Close Event for Under 26s
Join us on Sat 21 Sep for an afternoon and evening jam-packed with theatre!
As part of Queen’s Theatre Essex on Stage programme we are showcasing the work of two talented local playwrights, Sadie Hassler and Luke Norris. Stiletto Beach by Sadie Hasler is a funny heart-warming look at what it really means to be an Essex Girl & So Here We Are by Luke Norris, a fast-moving witty play about Essex Boys and their hopes, dreams and frustrations.

Come and see both plays, attend a theatre workshop and enjoy pizza – all for just £8!
3:00pm – 3:15pm – Meet at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch Foyer

3:30pm – So Here We Are

5:00pm – Break

5:30pm – Theatre Workshop

7:00pm – Pizza

8:00pm – Stiletto Beach

9:30pm – Finish
Purchase tickets at Box Office by calling 01708443333 and quoting the code UPCLOSE.
Please note both productions contain strong language, advisory age 14+.


4 - 28 Sep 2019


Various times, see below


£12.50 | £17 | £19.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Tue - Thu
£19 | £23.50 | £27 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
£8 | Under 26s (Collection only - Please show proof of age)

Fri & Sat
£21.50 | £26 | £29 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Running Time

90 minutes

Access Details

Audio Description
Sat 28 Sep | 3.30pm


Main House

Cast + Creatives

by Sadie Hasler
Directed by Emma Baggott
Designed by Dora Schweitzer
Lighting Designed by Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Designed by Steve Mayo

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