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Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch announces three plays for Spring 2023

The three productions will be shown between February and April 2023 

The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch has announced three productions for its Spring 2023 season. 

Sir Ian Rankin, one of Britain’s top thriller writers, has worked with Simon Reade to create a new Inspector Rebus story exclusively for the stage.

The detective attends a dinner party at a stately home which takes an unusual twist when all of the guests are asked to solve a murder as part of a game created by the hostess. 

Rebus: A Game Called Malice is being directed by the award-winning Robin Lefevre and will make it’s world premiere next February. 

In March, acclaimed playwright Vicky Donoghue’s The Flood will look at the Canvey Island floods of 1953 in Thurrock.

The production has been described as an “extraordinarily tender and timely play about calling a place home and what that really means”. 

The Queen’s Theatre will also be producing a new Theatre Nation Partnerships production of Roy Williams’ award-winning play Sucker Punch from the end of March and into April. 

The “bruising and funny play” explores being young and black in the 80s.

Sucker Punch will open in Hornchurch before touring the rest of the UK. It is being directed by Nathan Powell and previously won the Alfred Fagon Award. 

Mathew Russell, chief executive of the Queen’s Theatre, said: “Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is thrilled to be announcing a Spring 2023 season of exciting event theatre, with three new productions. 

“Aworld premiere of the next exciting Rebus story told exclusively on stage; a world premiere of an extraordinary cross generational commission made in and about a moment in Essex but resonating beyond; a landmark revival of an acclaimed play about being young and black in the 80s, opening in Hornchurch before touring nationally.

“Unmissable live theatre experiences we can’t wait to share with audiences.”

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