The Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the hit Sondheim musical Company.

Owned and run by The Bancroft Players, The Queen Mother Theatre (QMT) has hosted more than 300 productions during that time.

The theatre was founded by local celebrity and one-time BBC newsreader and historian Richard Whitmore, himself a Bancroft Player for many years, along with fellow member John Coxall.

The doors were opened by former Hitchin resident Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother - the King's grandmother - on July 9, 1983. 

To celebrate its 40th year, the theatre has already presented many shows - with two more plus a special gala evening still to come.


The final main-house show this season will be Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, which originally opened in 1970 and was nominated for 14 Tony awards.

In a series of vignettes, the play follows bachelor Robert interacting with his married friends, who throw a party for his 35th birthday and try to find him love along the way

The show runs at 7.45pm from Monday, May 22 until Saturday, May 27. A licensed bar and refreshments are available.

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