Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has announced its spring 2020 season, which will include a revival of Shakespeare’s bloodiest thriller, Macbeth.

The revival continues the theatre’s tradition of quality, classic drama and will be directed by Douglas Rintoul, following his acclaimed productions of Much Ado About Nothing and UK tour of The Crucible. Most recently, Douglas has directed this summer’s highlight musical adaptation of As You Like It.

The production, opening on Friday, February 7, and running until Saturday, February 29, is in response to the feedback from a Learning Lounge, where local teachers made suggestions about which plays on the secondary school curriculum they would like to see performed.

The theatre teams up with Leeds Playhouse for the very first time to produce the world premiere of Maggie May, running from Friday, March 13, to Saturday, March 28. This heart-warming drama by award-winning theatre, TV and radio writer Frances Poet is a warm, humorous and uplifting story, infused with familiar music, all about enduring love.

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Finally, a new musical written and directed by Douglas Rintoul, Love Letters, will run from Friday, April 24, to Saturday, May 16. It tells the story of an unposted love letter meant to be sent between a passionate young couple‎ dating, only to be delivered many years later. With a raft of brilliant songs from Essex’s very best‎, and with hits ranging from the 60s to today, this funny and popular working class love story promises to be an uplifting night out for everyone proudly calling Essex their home.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk