Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch scooped the London Theatre of the Year title at The Stage Awards 2020 on Friday January 31.
The theatre celebrated its 65th birthday in 2018 and over 220,000 people enjoy its programme each year, which includes home-grown theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring learning and participation projects for people of all ages.
The Stage went on to praise the theatre for managing to produce 14 shows whilst undergoing a £1 million facelift to make the venue more accessible, including As You Like it, a large-scale participatory production with the National Theatre.
The Stage Awards, launched in 2010, highlight the achievements of theatre companies and individuals across the UK and globally. The winner of each category was announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London.
Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure, said: “It is fantastic to see Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch recognised for its cultural offer. We are incredibly proud of the work they do, not only in putting on exciting shows all year round, but for their commitment to engaging young people from every corner of the borough through theatre, workshops and classes, as well as through their Young Change-makers programme, which asks for young people’s input in running the organisation.
“This is a big success for our borough, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say the recognition is well deserved.”