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Book & Lyrics by Bill Owen   Lyrics by Tony Russell

Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

13th - 15th February 2020
Evenings 7.30pm   Saturday Matinee 2.30pm

Our winter 2020 production is the riotous and gritty The Matchgirls, which will be at the Thameside Theatre, Grays in February.

Pay and conditions were appalling for the 1,400 women and girls working in the East End’s Bryant & May match factory in 1888.

This riotous, gritty musical captures the energy and spirit of these remarkable women as they battle the terrible disease, phossy jaw, caused by the cheap phosphorous they are forced to work with. Their courage and determination shines through as they take on the company, going on strike to protest against poor working conditions and the pittance they earn working 16-hour days. 

Join us and the ‘sparky’ Matchgirls on their heart-warming journey for justice in the Victorian East End

Rehearsals for the show start in October. If you would like to  join us for the production, either on stage or helping behind the scenes, backstage, costume, or props, simply email us at for more information!

You can already get your tickets for The Matchgirls by visiting here or calling the Thameside Theatre box office on 0345 300 5264


The production team for The Matchgirls is:
Director: Paula Harris Brett
Musical Director: Angelo Tsocos
Choreographer: Christine Brown


This production of The Matchgirls is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concorde Theatricals Company

Havering Music Makers are an amateur society affiliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association and acknowledge the support of Havering Arts Council