Queen’s Theatre awarded Grade II listed status

Historic England have announced that among six new listings across the country to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, they have designated the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch as a Grade II listed building.

Historic England’s website has the following in relation to the award –

‘The Queen’s Theatre was opened in 1975 by Sir Peter Hall, Director of the National Theatre. It replaced a theatre which had opened in a converted cinema building on the site in 1953, which deteriorated in the following years so needed replacement. The current theatre is a distinctive and well-designed example of 1970s theatre design and remains relatively intact. The external features are clearly influenced by the work of renowned German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The Queen visited with The Duke of Edinburgh in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the theatre on its original site, which also coincided with the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation, the reason for its naming as Queen’s Theatre. The visit is commemorated with a plaque still held by the Theatre.’

Congratulations to the Queen’s Theatre, who have one of the most memorable buildings in Havering.

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