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2 26 – 28 August How far must we travel to come home? Prince Pericles has everything but understands little. When a reckless act threatens his safety, he must flee his home and take to sea. Reliant on the whims of the fates and the kindness of strangers, Pericles is driven from shore to shore. Only by reaching the ends of the earth may he finally understand what it means to come home. We’re working with the National Theatre on an exciting new initiative, Public Acts - a nationwide programme to celebrate community and create extraordinary theatre.

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the first theatre partner for Public Acts which will see a two year partnership between Queen’s Theatre, the National Theatre and a number of community organisations across Greater London. The first of these productions is Pericles featuring a small cast of professional actors together with a large community ensemble. They breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. Pericles will be performed in the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX. The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo.

The main entrance is on the riverside. Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, the Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme in New York. Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hertz, The Sackler Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation. by William Shakespeare in a version by Chris Bush, with music by James Fortune

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T&C’s apply. For more information and to book, call the Box Office where one of our lovely team are on hand to help. See three shows for £15 per show from Tuesday to Thursday, or previews and Saturday matinees – a saving of £34 on top-price tickets. Pre-order all three programmes for a saving of £4.50 £45 Upgrade to Premium to include Friday and Saturday evenings – a saving of up to £36 on top-price tickets. £52 Book by Saturday 22 September 2018 S SON EAtic ets k 3 o Hell Welcome to our new season Our Hornchurch made programme kicks off with the hilarious situation comedy Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh; followed by the UK regional premiere of the Tony- award-winning musical Once by Enda Walsh and finally Haunting Julia, a chilling ghost story written by Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world’s most prolific playwrights.

We’re also incredibly excited to be welcoming a variety of visiting productions. These include Dishoom! by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, LOVE, by Alexander Zeldin, which premiered at the National Theatre, and SKIN, an explosive urban dance production. This Christmas, we’ve got three festive treats for you to enjoy with your family. As well as our panto extravaganza Jack and the Beanstalk, we’re bringing our immersive ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas home after last year’s successful run at Rainham Hall and also producing a brand new show Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop in a secret location in Romford.

We hope that you enjoy this jam-packed season of limitless entertainment, there’s something for everyone at prices for all! Douglas Rintoul (Artistic Director) & Mathew Russell (Executive Director) 3

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Director Douglas Rintoul Set and Costume Designer Lee Newby Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr Sound Designer Ivan Stott TICKETS: £12.50 — £29 Under 26s £8 (Tue – Thu & previews) 30 Aug – 22 Sep Various times, please see page 44 of this brochure Previews Thu 30 & Fri 31 Aug | 8pm Audio Description via a headset is available at every performance from 4 Sep.

Sign Language Interpreted performance Wed 19 Sep | 7.30pm Dementia Friendly performance Thu 20 Sep | 1.30pm Talk Back | Free Wed 12 Sep A chance to meet and question the company after the show.

5 A hilarious masterpiece of situation comedy. Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newlywed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter. Over a stack of cheesy- pineapple sticks, small talk and splashes of alcohol, the appalling host’s soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect. Set in seventies Romford, with Donna Summer top of the hit parade and adults behaving disgracefully, join us for a great night out at the drinks party from hell!

Made famous by the BBC Play for Today starring Alison Steadman, this fresh but faithful look at an iconic classic is directed by Douglas Rintoul (Made in Dagenham, The Crucible, Rope, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). Age guidance 11+ Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Derby Theatre, Wiltshire Creative and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg production Get the best seats at the best prices with a season ticket. See page 3 for details. Made with Queen’s Theatre C ome dy

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After one of her regular visits to see grandmother Abigail in hospital, 15 year old Abisheera (‘Abi’ for short) decides to throw her one last party, convinced it will get her beloved Nan back on her feet.

Struggling to face the imminent reality of life without the only family member she is close to, Abi throws her all into planning Abigail’s final party. But as Abi tries to clear her head and her grandmother’s flat, family secrets begin to surface. Will Abigail’s past threaten Abi’s already fragile present? This fresh new piece of writing, commissioned by Derby Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch as part of the RETOLD series, is by one of Britain’s most exciting new writers, Atiha Sen Gupta (Skins, Holby City). RETOLD is a series of new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre and written by some of the most provocative female playwrights in contemporary British theatre.

Age guidance 14+ Director Sarah Brigham Set and Costume Designer Lee Newby Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr Sound Designer Ivan Stott TICKETS: £8 – £12 Under 26s £8 (any performance) Previews £10 | £8 when purchased with Abigail’s Party or a Jump the Q Season ticket Wed – Sat £12 | £10 when purchased with Abigail’s Party or a Jump the Q Season ticket 4 – 22 Sep Tue – Sat | 9.30pm (no performance on Fri 7, Tue 11, Wed 12, Tue 18 & Fri 21 Sep) Previews Tue 4 & Wed 5 Sep | 9.30pm Matinees Thu 6 & Sat 15 Sep | 4.30pm Wed 19 Sep | 5.30pm Talk Back | Free Thu 13 Sep A chance to meet and question the company after the show.

Duration: 1 hour (there will be no interval in this performance) Abi A contemporary response to Abigail’s Party by Atiha Sen Gupta From an original idea by Sarah Brigham 6 4 – 22 September Made with Queen’s Theatre A Queen’s Theatre and Derby Theatre production

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Following the success of Avant Garde’s Fagin’s Twist last Autumn, ground breaking and electrifying dance is back on stage at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. After a sell-out international tour of Smother, award-winning 201 Dance Company has created must see hit SKIN. Described by The Times as ‘steering Hip-Hop into fresh territory’, SKIN was ‘Stand-Out Dance of Summer 2017’ for The Guardian.

Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast-paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging. ‘ A masterpiece of human sensitivity’ EdFringe Review ‘ Creative, dynamic and tender’ Fringe Review ‘ Beautiful...Uplifting’ Voice Mag UK Age guidance 12+ SKIN TICKETS: £15 | £10 conc. Sun 23 Sep | 8pm Duration: 55 minutes (there will be no interval in this performance) 7 23 September 201 Dance Company presents UD r a b n n a ce

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8 25 – 29 September Summer 1978, Simon and his friends should be looking forward to leaving school, but the National Front are on the streets, Simon’s Bibi is ashamed of him and his Dad spends his life hiding in the pub. When Simon’s cousin Baljit comes to stay, she introduces him to the Bollywood classic, Sholay. Inspired by the film’s dynamic duo, Jai and Veeru, Simon and Baljit find their inner superheroes and set out to change their world forever. From the producers of Miss Meena & the Masala Queens, The Deranged Marriage and Britain’s Got Bhangra, Rifco Theatre Company and Watford Palace Theatre with Oldham Coliseum Theatre present a new play about friendship and courage.


by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti Rifco Theatre Company, Watford Palace Theatre and Oldham Coliseum Theatre present Director Pravesh Kumar Set Designer Neil Irish Costume Designer & Choreographer Andy Kumar Composer Arun Ghosh Sound Designer Chris Murray TICKETS: £12 — £22 Tue 25 – Sat 29 Sep | 7.30pm Matinee & Audio Described performance Sat 29 Sep | 2.30pm Dementia Friendly performance Thu 27 Sep | 1.30pm

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9 ‘The National Theatre’s play of the year’ (Evening Standard, 2017) comes to Hornchurch this Autumn. In the run-up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation.

A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal. In an intimate story of family love for our times, writer and director Alexander Zeldin (Beyond Caring) continues his unique approach to theatre with this engaging new play. This heart-breaking production shines the spotlight on ‘the dehumanising reality of being homeless’ (Financial Times). Due to the immersive nature of this production, seats in rows D, E, F and G may not be directly next to each other as shown on the seating plan on our website.

Age Guidance 15+ 25 – 27 October National Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of by Alexander Zeldin Director Alexander Zeldin Designer Natasha Jenkins Lighting Designer Marc Williams Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg Movement Marcin Rudy TICKETS: £19 — £24 Thu 25 – Sat 27 Oct | 7.30pm Matinee Sat 27 Oct | 2.30pm ‘ Heart-breaking’ Independent ‘ Gentle, funny, devastating’ Financial Times ‘ Gripping, amusing, uncomfortable, desperately moving’ The Times ‘ Engrossing drama leaves us enraged’ Guardian ‘ An essential watch’ Time Out ‘ Potent and emotive’ The Stage

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10 3 – 20 October

11 A guy, a girl and the song that brought them together. Winner of eight Tony Awards® in 2012, including Best Musical, Once tells the unforgettable story of a Dublin street musician and a funny Czech woman, drawn together by their shared love of music. As they assemble a band from her wild family and his quirky mates, the music flows and they fall slowly in love. From the producers of Made in Dagenham, an ensemble of actor- musicians play their instruments live on stage, in a smash hit romantic show that steals your heart, based on the Academy Award-winning film. Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.

Once Book by Enda Walsh Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Based on the Motion Picture written and directed by John Carney Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich present the UK regional premiere of 11 Made with Queen’s Theatre usical M Get the best seats at the best prices with a season ticket. See page 3 for details. Director Peter Rowe Designer Libby Watson Musical Director Ben Goddard Sound Designer James Cook Lighting Designer Mark Dymock TICKETS: £13.50 — £30 Under 26s £8 (except Fri & Sat eve) 3 – 20 October Mon – Wed | 7.30pm Thu, Fri & Sat | 8pm (except Thu 4 Oct | 7.30pm) Previews Wed 3 Oct | 7.30pm Thu 4 Oct | 2.30pm Matinees Thu 4 Oct, Sat 6 Oct, Thu 11 Oct, Sat 13 Oct, Sat 20 Oct | 2.30pm Audio Description via a headset is available at every performance.

Sign Language Interpreted performance Wed 17 Oct | 7.30pm Dementia Friendly performance Thu 18 Oct | 1.30pm Talk Back | Free Wed 10 Oct A chance to meet and question the company after the show.

12 1 – 17 November

13 13 Director Lucy Pitman-Wallace Designer Jess Curtis Lighting Designer Mark Dymock Sound Designer Paul Dodgson TICKETS: £12.50 — £29 Under 26s £8 (Tue — Thu & previews) 1 – 17 November Mon, Tue & Wed | 7.30pm Thu, Fri & Sat | 8pm (except Sat 3 Nov | 7.30pm) Previews Thu 1 & Fri 2 Nov | 8pm Matinees Thu 8 Nov, Sat 10 Nov, Thu 15 Nov & Sat 17 Nov | 2.30pm Audio Description via a headset is available at every performance from 5 Nov. Sign Language Interpreted performance Wed 14 Nov | 7.30pm Talk Back | Free Wed 7 Nov A chance to meet and question the company after the show.

A chilling and deeply felt ghost story. Julia was a musical prodigy – nicknamed ‘Little Miss Mozart’ in the tabloids. She was composing symphonies aged eight. By nineteen the world was at her feet… until her dead body was found mysteriously in a dingy attic. Twelve years on and her father Joe has never come to terms with this. Was it really suicide? Or was someone else with Julia the night she died? Joe wants answers and tonight he will get them… This hauntingly tense study of grief and the supernatural is punctuated with trademark wit from Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world’s most popular and prolific playwrights.

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn Get the best seats at the best prices with a season ticket. See page 3 for details. Made at Queen’s Theatre Gh to o t S s ry Haunting Julia is generously Queen’s Theatre Club

28 November – 6 January 14 ‘Top class entertainment’ Romford Recorder ‘Marvellous actor-musicianship’ London Theatre 1

Gold performances £21.50 | £25 | £29 Red performances £20.50 | £24.50 | £27.50 Discounts £4 off* Green performances £18.50 | £22 | £24.50 | Family & Friends £4 off (parties of 5+) Discounts £4 off* Blue performances £12.50 | £16.50 | £18.50 Director Martin Berry Designer Richard Foxton Musical Director Gemma Hawkins Lighting Designer Prema Mehta Sound Designer Leigh Davies Choreographer Sundeep Kent TICKETS: £12.50 – £29 Young Persons Groups of 15+ (only valid for Blue and Green performances) Havering Schools Groups of 15+ £10 per child ticket plus 1 free teacher/leader with every 15 child tickets Young Persons Groups (schools/registered organisations) 15+ £11 per child ticket plus 1 free teacher/leader with every 15 child tickets.

Children aged 2 and under can sit on adult’s lap at all performances 15 Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, it’s panto fun for everyone! When Jack sells Pat, his beloved family cow, for magic beans, he soon discovers they open up an unexpected world of thrilling adventure. Join Jack and dotty mum Dame Trott as they scale the Beanstalk, outwit the Giant and are reunited with Jill, the girl Jack loves. Bought to you by the same team as last year’s record-breaking Beauty and the Beast and 2016’s Cinderella, this actor musician version of the popular panto tale is peppered with pop hits from across the decades, bundles of audience participation and hilarious slapstick.

So grab your tickets today for some joyously festive family fun. A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production by Andrew Pollard Jack and the Beanstalk Made at Queen’s Theatre P t n a o * Under 26s, Registered Deaf and Disabled people For symbol key, see p42 Wed 28 Nov 6.30pm Thu 29 Nov 10am Fri 30 Nov 10am 7pm Sat 1 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Tue 4 Dec 1pm 6.30pm Wed 5 Dec 10am 2pm Thu 6 Dec 10am 6.30pm Fri 7 Dec 7pm Sat 8 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Sun 9 Dec 1pm 5pm Tue 11 Dec 10am 2pm Wed 12 Dec 10am 6.30pm Thu 13 Dec 10am 6.30pm Fri 14 Dec 10am 7pm Sat 15 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Sun 16 Dec 1pm 5pm Tue 18 Dec 10am 6.30pm Wed 19 Dec 6.30pm Thu 20 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Fri 21 Dec 2pm 7pm Sat 22 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Sun 23 Dec 1pm 5pm Wed 26 Dec 1pm 5.00pm Thu 27 Dec 1pm 6.30pm Fri 28 Dec 1pm 7pm Sat 29 Dec 2pm 6.30pm Sun 30 Dec 1pm 5pm Tue 1 Jan 2pm 6.30pm Wed 2 Jan 5.30pm Thu 3 Jan 1.30pm 6.30pm Fri 4 Jan 1pm 7pm Sat 5 Jan 2pm 6.30pm Sun 6 Jan 1pm 5pm

16 1 – 23 December A magical festive treat It’s Christmas time. Leave your shoes and slippers by the fireplace and settle down to hear one child’s story about the night they met a certain twinkly eyed, round- bellied chap. Originally written for his two daughters in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore’s much-loved ’Twas the Night Before Christmas is still read to millions of children around the world today. This beautifully delicate adaptation, devised and directed by Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul will get everyone, young and old, peering a little further into the sky this Christmas Eve.

After last year’s sell out run at the National Trust’s Rainham Hall, the Queen’s Theatre is delighted to be bringing this joyful Christmas cracker of a production home to Hornchurch.

‘The performance was like opening a bottle of everything that excites a child about Christmas’ Cuteness and Chaos Suitable for 3 – 7 year olds. TICKETS: £7.50 weekdays | £10 weekends To be performed in the Theatre’s new onsite Rehearsal Space Accessibility Wheelchair accessible Duration: 45 minutes Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled performance start time.

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production Based on the poem by Clement Clarke Moore ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas When all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… Writer and Director Douglas Rintoul Made at Queen’s Theatre F i m a ly

15 – 30 December Outposted in a secret location in the heart of Romford, there’s a little bit of the North Pole hiding... Sparky Tinselbottom, a dedicated but chatty Elf, is frantically working away in the build up to Christmas repairing abandoned toys. Join in as one of Sparky’s friends and discover fantastical adventures of unloved playthings from around the world.

But don’t distract Sparky for too long, as Father Christmas needs everything to be ready for loading to his sleigh and the clock is ticking… A new festive adventure for 7 – 11 year olds from the team behind last year’s sell out ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

TICKETS: £7.50 weekdays | £10 weekends Suitable for accompanied 7 – 11 year olds In a secret location in Romford: email to join an emailing list to be the first to receive details when tickets go on sale. Duration: 45 minutes Writer and Director Douglas Rintoul A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production Made at Queen’s Theatre F i m a ly 17

The Gruffalo’s Child © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffl er 2004 – Macmillan Children’s Books ★★★★★ The List 18 P frm n a o e ces r forchildrenand theirfamilies Sat 19 Jan | 12 noon | 3.30pm | £15.50 adult | £13.50 under 16s Main House Ministry of Science Suitable for 6+ years ‘Keep your head firmly on your shoulders, arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times’ Ministry of Science Live is about to explode onto the stage.

It’s not your ordinary science show, it comes with a bang and a whoosh. Fingers in ears advised.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (plus 20 minute interval) Wed 8 Aug | 1.30pm | 4.30pm Thu 9 Aug | 11am relaxed performance | 2pm Fri 10 Aug | 11am | 2pm Sat 11 Aug | 11am | 2pm £12.50 | £10 groups 10+ | Main House The Gruffalo’s Child Suitable for ages 3+ The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood... One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?

Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation.

Duration: 55 minutes (no interval)

19 P frm n a o e ces r foryoungpeople Sun 22 Jul | 6pm | £16 | Main House The Little Mix Experience Suitable for all ages With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end. It’s packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits. Don’t miss one of X Factor’s finest exports! Meet the stars of the show after the performance. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (plus 20 minute interval) Fri 15 Feb | 7.30pm | £16 | Main House From the producers of the smash hit Sing-a- Long-a Sound of Music SING-A-LONG-A Calling all T-Birds and Pink Ladies - this fully interactive screening of the classic film with on-screen subtitles is The One That You Want! The host will lead a vocal warm up, judge a fancy dress competition and show you how to use your free interactive prop bag.

Grease is a PG certificate film. Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

20 Sat 6 Oct | 11.30am | £5 adult | £5 child | ages 3+ RandolphMatthews Everyone will be up on their feet dancing and singing along to Randolph’s musical creations. This fun, interactive performance includes stories with sound effects and beatboxing. Duration: 60 minutes Sat 8 Sep | Sun 9 Feb | 10am | 11.45am £5 adult | £5 child | ages 2 – 6 years TalesfromtheShed—OnTour Kids are encouraged to make a lot of noise and help make a story happen. There’s fun and silliness as well as colourful puppets – from a beautiful bird to a laid-back lion and The Thing That Goes Blurgh!

Duration: 50 minutes Sat 22 Sep | 11.30am | £5 adult | £5 child ages 4+ AnimalEncounters Get up close and personal with exotic and domestic animals – everything from meerkats to mice, ferrets to frogs and snakes to spiders! Duration: 60 minutes F i m a ly fun Sat 20 Oct | 10.30am | 12 noon | £10 adult £5 child| ages 2+ The Dugdale Theatre in collaboration with String-along-a-Puppet proudly present TheElvesandtheShoemaker A brand-new Puppet Musical. A retelling of the classical fairytale, featuring an original score of songs. Written and directed by Marc Day with original music by Chris Burgess.

Duration: 45 minutes

21 Babies & toddlers Tue mornings | 9.30am | 10.30am 11.30am | 12.30pm | 1.30pm ages 0 — 13mths Baby Sensory Our award-winning development classes designed for babies and their parents. To book email or call Shelley on 07930 877009. Sat 3 Nov | 11am | 1pm | 3pm | £10 child ages 7+ years SupersonicScience Workshops There’s hands on experimenting in these interactive demonstrations, where you’ll have tons of fun investigating and testing rockets, making lava lamps, eating bubbles, making slime, riding an indoor hovercraft and plenty more!

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes.

There are 20 spaces for child participants only. Please note that this is a workshop and not a performance. Thu mornings | 10am | 11am ages 0 — 4 years Music Bugs Sensory and interactive music classes for your baby, toddler and pre-schooler. To book email or call Sarah on 07517 199869. Sat 17 Nov | 11.30am | £5 adult | £5 child 2 – 8 years Papalarny theMagicMan Bim Bam Boo, it’s Papalarny the incredibly popular children’s entertainer, as seen on Channel 4. Creating mind-blowing balloon models and performing his hilarious family magic show. You’ll go home with a creation of your own.

Duration: 60 minutes

22 Director Douglas Rintoul In the darkness of the night, we all have our secrets… A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, panic and cover things up. But when they find their misfiring practical joke uniting them, what’s the point of putting things right? DNA is a modern day black comedy with a dark heart. It was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. Written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling and Matilda the Musical), this explosive tale of a group of misfits at the edge of society is directed by Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rope, The Crucible) and performed by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama undergraduates from the BA (Hons) Acting CDT course.

‘Short, sharp shocker of a play’ The Guardian Age guidance 13+ TICKETS: £14 adults | £8 under 26s £9 schools (1 free teacher per 10 students) 9 – 14 Feb Sat 9 Feb, Tue 12 Feb & Thu 14 Feb | 7.30pm Previews Thu 7 Feb | 2.30pm Fri 8 Feb | 10.30am Matinees Fri 8 Feb | Mon 11 Feb, Tue 12 Feb, Wed 13 Feb & Thu 14 Feb | 2.30pm Schools Workshop Days Performance workshops in your school and backstage workshops at the theatre are available for this show. Contact learning@ for further information. Thanks to Jelizaveta Sezgejeva for creating the artwork, all the other competition entrants and Nana Brew, Programme Manager Art at Havering College.

A display of all the entrants work will be exhibited during the run of DNA.

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama production 22 7 – 14 February

23 Fresh New Comedy Sun 4 Nov | 7.30pm | £17.50 Book by 30 Sep for the Early Bird price of £15 Desi Central Comedy Show After previous sell out shows around the UK, Desi Central comes to Hornchurch. Join Eshaan Akbar, Sindhu Vee, Hyde Panaser and Nabil Abdul Rashid for a night of jokes and laughter. Fri 11 Jan | 7.30pm | £17.50 | Book by 11 Nov for the Early Bird price of £15 LOL (Ladies Of Laughter) with Noreen Khan LOL (Ladies Of Laughter) with Noreen Khan comes to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch! Join Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network) as she hosts a night of comedy with some of the UK’s favourite female acts.

Nabil Abdul Rashid Hyde Panaser Sindhu Vee Hosted by Eshaan Akbar

28 Oct – 19 Nov Sun 1 Jul | 7.30pm | £16 Jump, Jive & Wail with The Jive Aces With over 250 shows a year across 30 countries, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 jive and swing band! Back by popular demand and featuring guest performers Amy Baker and the Jive Swing Lindy Hoppers. Sun 8 Jul | 7.30pm | £18 Jibbering Jester Comedy Club A night of hilarious entertainment with seven comedians under one roof! Hosted by Naomi Cooper and starring Gary Delaney, Hal Cruttenden and Tony Law (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats) and more. Mon 9 Jul | 7.30pm | £19 | £20 | £23 Buddy Holly — A Legend Reborn Starring the UK’s No.1 Connie Francis Revue Relive the rockin’ fifties music scene with hits such as Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, It’s So Easy, Rave On, Who’s Sorry Now, Stupid Cupid, Lipstick On Your Collar and many more.

C omedy, p frm n a o e ces rin the main house ive usic m l and guest 24 Tue 10 Jul | 7.30pm | £19 | £22 | £25 | £2 off for groups of 8+ Rocket Man — A Tribute to Elton John Be treated to all of Elton’s hits including Are You Ready For Love, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues and many more – breathtaking vocals and piano performances, flamboyant costumes and a dazzling light show.

25 Mon 23 Jul | 7.30pm | £18 | £20 | £23 Legend – The Music of Bob Marley An unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic rasta spectacular.

Relive the timeless hits including One Love, No Woman No Cry, Jammin’, I Shot the Sheriff, Buffalo Soldier, Get Up Stand Up and many more reggae classics. Wed 11 Jul | 2.30pm | £14 Wed 19 Dec | 1.30pm | £14 Queen’s Theatre Magnificent Music Hall Ladies and gentlemen, don’t miss a splendid afternoon in the company of Britain’s finest variety acts. Step back in time to the heyday of Music Hall, with a show packed full of song, dance, magic and laughter – all under the watchful eye of your chairman! Tue 24 & Wed 25 Jul | 7.30pm | £19 | £22 | £24 Thank ABBA For The Music The ultimate ABBA party featuring stunning costumes, a seven- piece live band, interactive video projection and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies.

Includes hit songs Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper and many more! Thu 26 & Fri 27 Jul | 7.30pm | £21.50 | £25 | £28 The Elvis Years A compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ – Elvis Presley. Including hits such as Hound Dog, It’s Now or Never, The Wonder Of You, Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy and many more. Book 3 or more Magical Matinees for just £10 each Sat 28 Jul | 7.30pm | £22 | £20 conc. Swinging at the Cotton Club Take a step back into 1920s and 30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub, The Cotton Club! Featuring spectacular dance from the Lindy Hop Dance Company alongside classic music from the likes of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

26 Mon 10 Sep | 7.30pm | £19 | £21 | £24 The Gambler – A tribute to Kenny Rogers Embark on a trip to Nashville with this long-awaited tribute to the Grammy award-winning country superstar and music legend, Kenny Rogers. Join us on a train bound for nowhere and experience an unforgettable country hoedown filled with amazing songs. Sun 29 Jul | 7.30pm | £19 | £22 | £25 Message in a Bottle A Tribute to Sting and The Police With six Grammys and two Brits, rock bands don’t come much bigger than this! Featuring all the hits you know and love, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, So Lonely, Fields of Gold and more.

Mon 6 Aug | 7.30pm | £25.50 That’ll Be The Day A fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage! An unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and rock ‘n’ roll in this brand new show for 2018.

Sun 2 Sep | 7.30pm | £16 | £18 | £20 Genesis Connected Celebrating the music of Genesis and biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. Hits include, Slegdehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, and many more. Sun 9 Sep | 7.30pm | £18 | £20 | £23 | groups of 8+ £2 off full price tickets MoneyforNothing—themusicofDireStraits Prepare to be captivated by the authentic sounds of one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Featuring Money for Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, Brothers in Arms, So Far Away and many more much-loved classics.

27 Sun 7 Oct | 7.30pm | £20 | £23 | £26 Soul Legends You’ll love this show whether you’re a Soul Man, a Natural Woman or just a plain old Sex Machine. Featuring hits by Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and more. Sun 11 Nov | 7.30pm | £19.50 | £22 | £25 The Simon and Garfunkel Story 50th Anniversary Tour Direct from its success at the Lyric Theatre in the West End, a sold- out world tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Hits include Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Homeward Bound and many more.

Sun 16 Sep | 8pm | £16.50 Iain Stirling — U OK Hun? X Due to phenomenal demand the BAFTA-winning stand-up and voice of Love Island is coming to Hornchurch, as his sell-out tour is extended for the third time. This is your chance to catch Iain Stirling’s brilliant observations of modern millennial life. Sun 14 Oct | 7.30pm | £18.50 | £22.50 | £25 One Night of Rock Pick up your air guitars as One Night of Rock come to town with 48 of the greatest rock hits ever written! You’ll be singing and head-banging the whole night through. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Sun 2 Dec | 1.30pm | £14 Christmas Memories Neil Sands and his brilliant West End cast are back with their 2018 Christmas production described as ‘like a sparkly Christmas card come to life’. A truly spectacular mix of over 60 Christmas songs, stunning costumes and lots of good old fashioned festive fun!

Book 3 or more Magical Matinees for just £10 each

28 Mon 10 Dec | Mon 17 Dec | 7.30pm | £27 | groups of 8+ £2 off full price tickets Magic of Motown Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre. Mon 3 Dec | 7.30pm | £20 | £23 | £26 Sweet Caroline The ultimate tribute to Neil Diamond The good times never seemed so good… introducing Sweet Caroline, the ultimate tribute to Neil Diamond featuring Gary Ryan, as seen on Stars in Their Eyes.

Taking it back to where it began, this musical journey celebrates 50 years of a legend.

Tue 11 Dec | 7.30pm | £20 | £18 conc. The Big Band at Christmas with Five Star Swing The Swing Big Band show as featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Jazzing up those Jingle Bells with Christmas songs from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Nat King Cole. ‘Swing and Song of the highest order’ Telegraph Sun 2 Dec | 8pm | £20 | £23 | £26 Fastlove — A Tribute to George Michael Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your best-loved songs. Make new memories whilst reliving old classics, this is one show-stopping extravaganza not to be missed! Wed 5 Dec | 8pm | £18 | £20 | £23 The Magic of the Beatles One of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute shows If you’re looking for an authentic, lively dose of ‘Beatlemania’ then you need to look no further! Includes the hits Love Me Do, She Loves You, Help, I Feel Fine, Hey Jude, Let It Be and many more.

29 Mon 7 Jan | 7.30pm | £22.50 Complete Madness An extravaganza featuring all your Madness favourites such as Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, It Must Be Love and Driving In My Car. This highly visual and energetic show is a riot from beginning to end. Don’t miss out on this House of Fun. Tue 8 Jan | 7.30pm | £21 | £19 conc. Rock and Roll Revolution with The Bluejays This fantastically talented group formed after years of performing together in West End rock ‘n’ roll theatre shows, including Return to the Forbidden Planet, Million Dollar Quartet and Dreamboats & Petticoats. Enjoy vintage hits by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and more.

Wed 9 Jan | 7.30pm | £24.50 Jackson Live in Concert CJ is one of the most experienced and well-respected Michael Jackson Tribute artists in the world today, and he perfectly captures the energy of Michael’s live performances with 100% live vocals, band and dancers! His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are sensational. Thu 10 Jan | 7.30pm | £19.50 | £23 | £25 Whitney – Queen of the Night A magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artists, creating a powerhouse breathtaking performance in the spirit of Whitney.

It’s the show that exceeds expectation on every level. Sat 12 Jan | 2.30pm & 7.30pm | £20 | £23 | £26 Groups of 8+ £2 off full price tickets (matinee only) Rat Pack Live Experience the definition of cool! They were the definition of cool during their 50s and 60s Vegas heyday – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Rat Pack Live invites you to be part of the gang and features all the patter and razzamatazz of their infamous live shows.

30 Tue 15 & Wed 16 Jan | 7.30pm | £20 | £23 | £26 Big Girls Don’t Cry – the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band. During the sixties and seventies number one hits Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the band to stardom. Thu 17 & Fri 18 Jan | 7.30pm | £29.50 Talon – The Best of Eagles The ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ will feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin’ Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and many more.

Mon 14 Jan | 7.30pm | £18.50 | £20 | £22 Someone Like You — The Adele Songbook The outstanding Katie Markham (as featured on Graham Norton’s BBC Adele Special) recreates the magic of Adele’s three record- breaking albums with hits such as Chasing Pavements, Set Fire to the Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling in the Deep and many more. Sun 10 Feb | 7.30pm | £22 | £25 | £28 The Counterfeit Stones The Great British Take Off Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when you can experience the faking brilliance of The Counterfeit Stones. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of Spinal Tap humour, it’s Satis-fiction guaranteed.

Sun 13 Jan | 7.30pm | £18.50 | £20 | £23 Supersonic 70s show From the towering majesty of Queen and ELO, ‘pin-up pop’ of David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, foot stompin’ sounds of Sweet and T.Rex, and classics by The Carpenters and 10cc. No wonder it’s being called, ‘the greatest 70s show in theatre land’.

31 Sat 11 Aug | 5pm – 8.30pm | Free | Foyer D&D Satellite –Whatarewegoingtodoabouttheperformingartsin Havering&SouthEssex? We invite everyone to come together to create a plan for a thriving arts scene in Havering and South Essex. Mon 24 Sep | 8pm | £5 | Foyer Stage Telltale –Newshortplayssimmeringwithfreshideasandentertainment Experience six original new short plays in one evening written by emerging local playwrights and presented by ELE Group.

Tue 2 Oct | 8pm | £10.50 | Foyer Stage 10 Minute Musicals Join Leeway Productions for a fun evening as they present five brand new musical theatre ideas. WORKSHOP: Are you an aspiring writer, musician, composer? For a free taster workshop email Mon 22 Oct | 8pm | £8 adult | £6 child | Foyer Stage Musical Mash Up Love singing along to all different musical and pop songs? Join us for an evening of stunning vocals and songs performed by Echo Studios HX. Tue 23 Oct | 8pm | £5 | Foyer Stage Scratch Night Perform new ideas in front of an audience. If you’d like to try out five minutes of new material email for more details.

Tue 20 Nov | 8pm | £9 | Foyer Stage Standing on their Shoulders Local Girl Productions and a community company trace the struggle for equality from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792 to the present day. Thu 22 Nov | 8pm | £5 | Foyer Stage Singing in the Corner The wonderful Andrew Linham will play the piano – all you have to do is sing the song. Email to take part.

Mon 26 Nov | 8pm | £7.50 | Foyer Stage The Smog The SMOG descended on Teesside two weeks ago and since it arrived strange things have been happening – where did it come from? And who will survive to tell the tale… Essex and East London artists strut their stuff on our stages.

u st e G ho s w S Sun 26 Aug | 6pm | £8 | £6 conc. Ticket price includes a £1 donation to St Francis Hospice. Dawn Chorus Led by Musical Director Paul Rhodes they sing everything from musical favourites and dance tunes, to swing and popular hits. Sun 30 Sep | 7.30pm | £10.50 Anglo-Indian Fusion Stuart Masters and Harkiret Singh Bahra A unique musical evening featuring the vibrant rhythms of the tabla, played by Harkiret Singh Bahra, and the acoustic guitar, oud and 12-string harp guitar of Stuart Masters.

Sun 21 Oct | 7pm | £20 | £18 each for groups of 8+ | age guidance 16+ Murder Mystery Evening! Watch events unfold before your eyes and debate with your fellow detectives before asking your questions and revealing the true identity of the killer! Includes a fish and chip supper (vegetarian option available). Mon 27 Aug | 8pm | £10.50 Songlines by Tallulah Brown A witty and moving rural love story in all its awkward teenage glory. Featuring live music by TRILLS. Tue 28 Aug | 8pm | £10.50 Mississippi Swamp Dogs A Night in The Deep South A celebration of the rich musical heritage of the Southern States with Blues, Soul, Cajun and Gospel served up in a joyous musical gumbo! Wed 5 Sep, Wed 3 Oct & Wed 14 Nov | 2.30pm | £8 includes tea/coffee and biscuits | carer place free Down Memory Lane A show for people with dementia and their carers.

Enjoy a stroll down memory lane with wonderful well-loved melodies. This 90-minute performance includes a 20-minute break for a free tea and biscuit. We understand flexibility is very important for this show. Please let us know if you have any requirements we can assist you with.

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33 Wed 24 Oct | 8pm | £10.50 Famous Potatoes A high-energy evening of bluegrass, country, folk and Cajun on accordions and fiddles with punchy guitars and a washboard. Fri 26 Oct | 2.30pm | £6 The Golden Days of Hollywood — Take 3 A smash-hit show from Jeff and Sue Short with their musicians featuring the very best songs and anecdotes from Hollywood film musicals. Fri 16 Nov | 2.30pm | £6 Ticket price includes a £1 donation to St Francis Hospice. Fairlytes Singers Swing-a-Dilly Party Put the Pep in your Step; Fairlytes Singers Swing-a-dilly pre-Christmas Foyer Party will get you in the mood!

Sun 25 Nov | 7.30pm | £10.50 Frank Sinatra – His Way! Journey through decades of Sinatra’s hits with Robert Habermann including All Or Nothing At All, Come Fly With Me, My Way and New York, New York. Thu 29 Nov | 8pm | £10.50 Andrew Linham Jazz Quartet An evening of swinging jazz standards and compositions from the quartets’ celebrated debut album Abandoned Silence with special guest trumpeter Sam Warner. Sun 27 Jan | 5.30pm | free to D’Ukes Evening Concert ticket holders | Bar Ukulele Beginners Workshop Learn the basics of ukulele playing – tuning, strumming and chords. Sun 27 Jan | 7.30pm I £10.50 D’Ukes Evening Concert Performing styles of music to suit all tastes with great vocals and plenty of humour, D’Ukes is the band to get you singing, dancing and smiling.

Ticket holders are invited to the free Ukulele Beginners Workshop.

From Sun 2 Sep until Sun 25 Nov and then from Sun 13 Jan until Sun 10 Feb 12.45pm — 2.45pm | Doors open at 12 noon Regular sessions £6 | Under 18s free Celebrity jazz sessions £8 Enjoy the very best Dixieland jazz, with celebrity guest sessions on the following Sundays: 2 Sep | Val Wiseman: Vocals 30 Sep | Roy Williams: Trombone 28 Oct | Keith Nichols: Piano/Saxophone 25 Nov | Eileen Ford: Vocals 13 Jan |  Enrico Tomasso: Trumpet & Ana Lucia Tomasso: Vocals 3 Feb |  44th Anniversary Special with Nick Dawson: Piano/Saxophone/Vocals un ay d jazz S Sunday Jazz with Pete Corrigan and the Band of Hope.

club C omedy The biggest stars of stand up came here on their way to stratospheric fame. See the stars of tomorrow, right now on your doorstep! 8.30pm | bar opens from 6pm | £11.50 | £10 conc. with a Comedy Club Membership. All three nights for just £27. SAVE WED 21 NOV Ian Smith Gareth Richards Angela Barnes ‘Fantastically funny’ The Times ‘Clever craftsman with a big future’ The Evening Standard ‘Brilliantly funny’ Sarah Millican WED 29 AUG Andrew Stanley Paul McCaffrey Kevin McCarthy ‘Bursting with playful energy’ Chortle ‘Born to be a comic’ Scotsman ‘The Ad Lib Expert’ The Stage WED 31 OCT Suzi Ruffell Fin Taylor Andrew Bird ‘A Stand Up Gem’ The Guardian ‘The mark of a true comic’ BroadwayBaby ‘Funny as hell’ Rhod Gilbert Acts contain strong language.

Queen’s Theatre reserves the right to alter line-ups. Meat and veggie curries, naan bread and rice available for £7. Pre-order with the Box Office when booking. Served until 45 minutes before the show. C cl b u u rry PRE-COMEDY 34

35 35 Yoturn ur Throughout the season we hand over our theatre to brilliant community groups. Fri 6 Jul | 7.30pm Sat 7 Jul | 2.30pm | 7.30pm Fusion Performers Fri 13 Jul | 7.30pm Sat 14 Jul | 2.30pm | 7.30pm Finch Stage School Wed 30 Jan – Fri 1 Feb | 7.30pm Sat 2 Feb | 2.30pm | 7.30pm Shenfield Operatic Society Thu 19 – Fri 20 Jul | 7.30pm Sat 21 Jul | 2.30pm | 7.30pm Havering Music Makers Anything Goes Mon 2 & Tue 3 Jul | 6pm Eastcourt School Thu 2 — Sat 4 Aug | 3pm | 7.30pm Colin’s Performing Arts School Sun 15 Jul | 7.30pm The Studio Romford Dance School Sun 20 Jan | 6pm Rhodes Theatre School Tue 22 Jan | 7.30pm Beverly Marks Stage School Enjoy breakfast, lunch or an evening meal with views over the Queen’s Theatre Green, or chill out with a coffee and cake whilst you use our free WiFi.

There are Children’s Lunchboxes for our young guests and from 12 noon - 4pm Monday to Friday, you can pre-book a Vintage Cream Tea. Why not add a glass of Prosecco for a special treat! Open from 10am Monday to Saturday and from noon on Sundays. We also tailor make buffets for parties of up to 250 people for Vintage Cream Teas, pre-wedding drinks, children’s parties, christening teas and funeral teas. To book, call 01708 462379 or visit

36 L & r g n ni ea rt t p P n io i i c a a Our learning and participation programme engages over 25,000 people each year.

Come and get involved! QYouth Theatre & Dance Programme Our weekly youth theatre, young company and dance company use performance skills to develop creativity, unlock potential, celebrate identity and have fun. Groups are divided by age and are open to everyone – all groups are led by experienced theatre makers. Groups run throughout the week and at weekends. Projects include our annual One Act Festival, biennial Youth Musical, participation in the National Theatre Connection’s programme, technical theatre training as well as workshops, masterclasses and skills development. New groups are starting in September 2018 – get in touch to sign up.

Youth Theatre |  ages 6 — 8, 9 — 10 and 11 — 13 years Young Company |  ages 14 — 17 years Dance Company | ages 11 — 18 years Schools & colleges Our education engagement program has bags of opportunities for both students and teachers. We offer student tickets, backstage tours, a wide range of workshops, CPD days, Learning Lounges, production specific events, Arts Award support, and every year we tour a production into schools across East London and Essex.

Email to find out how we can support you. The Queen’s Theatre is an  We offer activities for young people who are working towards their Arts Award. Backstage tours & talks A rare glimpse of what goes on behind the curtain at one of the region’s last producing theatres. Open to groups and schools. We believe that finances should never be a barrier to participating in the arts and so we offer bursary places to young people from low-income families. To find out more, please get in touch with the Learning & Participation team.

Wed mornings | 10am | 11am | £5 a session Over 50’s Musical Theatre Dance Workout Join in and participate in our over 50s, weekly Musical Theatre Workout on a Wednesday morning at 10am and 11am.

Sing and dance along to your musical favourites – a fantastic way to keep fit, have fun and meet new friends. Fri mornings | 10am | £5 per session £12 for three sessions | £20 for five sessions Barre Workout LyndseyNicole Fit presents a strength and toning class with integrated elements of Pilates, dance, cardio and ballet barre style movement and stretches. Suitable for all ages and abilities. To book email or call Lyndsey on 07581 284353. 10am – 12 noon | £10 | ages 4 – 6 years Create and Play Mornings Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities.

Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. Book ahead and get 3 sessions for the price of 2! Mon 20 Aug | Purrr-fect Pets Tue 21 Aug | Beside the Seaside Wed 22 Aug | Jungle Drums Thu 23 Aug | Under the Sea Fri 24 Aug | Alien Adventures Wed 24 Oct | Mischievous Magic Thu 25 Oct | Ghostly Ghouls 13 — 17 Aug | ages 9 — 16 years  | 10am — 4pm | £100 Musical in a Week Work with a director and a musical director to produce a condensed version of a well-known musical and perform it at the Queen’s Theatre to family and friends.

Mon 22 Oct | ages 6 — 9 years | 10am — 12 noon | £8  Mon 22 Oct | ages 10 — 14 years | 1pm — 3pm | £8 Musical Theatre Masterclass Sing and dance your way through one of your favourite musical numbers as you learn a full musical theatre routine from a west end show! Tue 23 Oct | ages 6 — 9 years | 10am — 12 noon | £8 Tue 23 Oct | ages 10 — 14 years | 1pm — 3pm | £8 Street Dance Masterclass Get active with our Street Dance Masterclass and learn skills from leading industry professionals. Like hip-hop or don’t know what a krump is? Get involved!

For more information please contact us on 01708 462373, email or visit 37 Adult workshops Children’s Holiday Workshops C t c a nt o s U