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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.
packs a knockout punch’ The Guardian Suggested age: 14+Contains adult languagePrices£12.50 - £29+65p QNext feeUnder 26s | £8Running Time120 minutesInterval20 minutes
A European and UK premiere productionA Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Octagon Theatre Bolton, and Shakespeare North Playhouse productionThe King’s Men are getting the band back together. Their goal: to gather the Bard’s scattered masterpieces and save his words before they’re lost to history.Shakespeare has barely been dead for 3 years when a pirated Hamlet rip-off hits a stage near the Globe Theatre. His old acting troupe friends are livid.To save Will’s works for the ages, they hatch a near-impossible plan to collect his words on paper, setting them off on a bonkers race against time through London.Their hearts are on the line and those they love are counting on them – to maybe leave a legacy that will last forever…Lauren Gunderson is one of the USA’s most celebrated and widely performed playwrights, most recently writing the acclaimed adaptation of The Time Traveller’s Wife (Storyhouse, Chester).
Contains some adult language
Hornchurch (District Line) 15 minutes’ walk
Council car park opposite
Monday – Saturday, 10am – end of interval
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Located in Hornchurch, East London, the Queen’s Theatre is an in-house producing theatre with a 500-seat auditorium. Having opened in 1953, the same year as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, the venue is named in her honour.The building in which the theatre resides was bought by Hornchurch District Council. Having been used for storage during the Second War, the venue was then a derelict old cinema. However, the building didn’t hold up to standards and so the local authorities constructed a new purpose-built theatre on Billet Lane, designed by Hallam and Brooks. It was opened by famous theatre director, Sir Peter Hall, in April 1975, presenting a production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.The Queen’s Theatre has been the recipient of the UK Theatre Award for most welcoming theatre in three consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018). The venue also plays a large part in the local community, by hosting amateur productions and providing a learning and participatory programme which involves over 11,000 participants each year, encouraging them to express themselves and their stories through theatre and the arts.The Queen’s Theatre (Hornchurch) produces over eight shows annually and has been home to notable productions including the award-winning Blood Brothers, Return To The Forbidden Planet, and a major revival of Made In Dagenham The Musical.
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