Love Letters: The new jukebox musical ‘celebrating the very best of Essex’

Love Letters is the brand new jukebox musical which celebrates the very best of Essex.

The piece will have its world premiere production at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch this summer.

Written and directed by Douglas Rintoul, the show will run 30 July – 21 August 2021.

The cast will be led by Lucy Benjamin, who is best known for playing Lisa Fowler in EastEnders and Maggie in the BAFTA award-winning BBC Four series Detectorists.

Joining her will be Holly Ashton (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾, Menier Chocolate Factory), Kit Esuruoso (West Side Story, Royal Exchange Theatre), Dannie Harris (Christmas Carol Casebook: Away in a Danger, Lichfield Garrick Theatre), Mike Lloyd (Dreamboats and Petticoats, UK Tour), Hannah Price (Buddy, UK Tour), Steve Simmonds (Tommy, Ramps on the Moon and New Wolsey Theatre) and Luke Anthony Thornton (Footloose, UK Tour).

What happens when an unposted love letter meant to be sent between a passionate young couple dating, only gets delivered sixteen years later? Perhaps it’s time both put aside some regrets and rediscover what might have been – if it’s not too late…

With hits from Essex’s very best, and songs ranging from the 60s to today, artists featured will include Alison Moyet, Billy Bragg, Billy Ocean, Blur, David Woodcock, Depeche Mode, Jessie J, Olly Murs, Sandie Shaw and The Tremeloes.

This world premiere production of a funny and popular working class love story, promises to be an uplifting night out for everyone proudly calling Essex their home.

The creative team features design by Jess Curtis, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by Chris Murray, musical direction from Adam Gerber, and choreography by Tara Young.

Tickets to Love Letters cost from £13.50 online from

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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