As Chairman, it is my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of Queen’s Hall. As we celebrate the Grande Dame’s 61st Anniversary, we congratulate her on the many contributions she has made as a home for the performing arts in Trinidad and Tobago. This would not have been possible without the loyal support of our many patrons during the past six decades. For your continued, indispensable patronage, we thank you!

Queen’s Hall’s opening night, on June 4th 1959, was “one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.” For Helen May-Johnstone and her then members of the Queen’s Hall Board, it was “the culmination of years of dedication to a goal, which at times seemed unreachable”. Sir Edward Beetham, the then Governor-General, aptly envisaged: “I am confident that in the years that lie ahead, Queen’s Hall will become the centre of our country’s artistic and cultural life…”

Our Vision for the Queen’s Hall is to be “recognized internationally as the Caribbean region’s premier theatre, contributing to nation building and advancement of all genres in the arts.” Our continued Mission is to “provide the necessary canvas for showcasing local and international performing arts supported by a highly trained, cohesive, and service-oriented staff.”

Although we are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the Board continues to work assiduously to ensure that we fulfil our mandate to be “a national institution that nurtures development of and excellence in the Performing Arts”.

In the meantime, we are using this opportunity to highlight online, the best talent in our country. When our doors are open again, we will be eager to show off the best of our creatives, life on stage.

Regardless of our present circumstance, it will not keep us from rejoicing over this milestone. Join me in wishing Queen’s Hall – Happy 61st Anniversary!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. We can’t wait!

Dr Helmer Hilwig

Chairman of the Queen’s Hall Board.