Dance, Theatre, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre & Cabaret, Comedy

Queen Have & Miss Haven’t



Thurs 24 Sep - Sun 27 Sep | 35 minutes Online Event

Thick & Tight present a monstrous modernist ballet featuring Queen Victoria and Miss Havisham; the ultimate widow and the eternal bride. Bitter antagonists united in "a black hole of heartbreak" - Gscene

The premise of much of Thick & Tight’s work is to pair together famous faces whose paths never crossed in real life, to reveal something about human nature through these imagined encounters. In Queen Have & Miss Haven’t, a high-camp mixture of ballet, melodrama and lip-syncing, Queen Victoria and Miss Havisham (from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations) are unable to escape each other’s clutches. Mourning their respective losses, these two ghastly clowns fester in a landscape of vengeful misery. Using Olivier Messiaen’s glorious Turangalîla Symphony as a backbone, this duet enters an audience into a horror movie where every outcome is misery and destruction.

Queen Have & Miss Haven’t is part of A Night With Thick & Tight, an award-winning triple bill presented at Brighton Fringe Festival, London International Mime Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall.

Thick & Tight are a UK based dance duo who take influence from a range of historical, political, literary & artistic subjects. Based in rigorous ballet & contemporary techniques, their choreographic style is intricate, distinctive & musical, incorporating elements of queer performance such as drag, lip-syncing & camp humour, with a close relationship between movement & design. Established in 2012, their award-winning work has been shown extensively in the UK and beyond.

Co-directors Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry are interested in promoting queer culture and accessibility within dance and exploring dance as a political art form with the power to challenge and dispel social stigma.

This event will also be live-streamed as part of Global Fringe Gala Week 4.

You can access this event without purchasing a ticket but we strongly encourage viewers to Pay What You Feel the work is worth. Now more than ever independent artists need your support.


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Show details

Show details
  • 35 minutes
  • Venue 1: Online Events
  • Australian premiere
Venue details & accessibility
Online Events

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Dates and times


Thurs 24 Sep - Sun 27 Sep

"A subversive delight" ***** The Stage

"No-one makes work anything like this" BachTrack

"Original, inspired and fantastically talented" Total Theatre

"F’ing excellent, Like watching Nureyev and the Divine David on mushrooms! Book now, like NOW" G Scene

"Cultured magpies" Exeunt Magazine

"I love it... I’m literally craning my neck to get closer to the stage" British Theatre Guide

“Appallingly entertaining” **** The Observer

  • Queen Victoria – Eleanor Perry
  • Miss Havisham – Daniel Hay-Gordon
  • Costumes – Tim Spooner, working with underskirts by Yolanda Sonnabend. Crown by Sheila Hay
  • Make-up & wig – Darren Evans
  • Music – Olivier Messiaen, Bernard Parmegiani, Scott Walker, Walker Brothers, Leonard Cohen, Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham, Fats Waller & Basil Kirchin
  • Photography – Gigi Gianella & Rosie Powell
  • Filmed by – Rosie Powell freelance at Wilton's Music Hall 2018
Presented by
  • Thick & Tight
  • Presented at Sadler’s Wells as part of London International Mime Festival, The Marlborough Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe, Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Supported by: Arts Council England, South East Dance, The Marlborough Theatre, Ugly Duck, Steyning Festival & The Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne.
  • Originally commissioned by Dance West's Ignition Dance Festival 2017