After a hugely successful, box-office-record-smashing Spring season in its 45th year, the King’s Head Theatre is proud to announce its Summer season, including exciting new work and ground-breaking revivals, as well as travels to Edinburgh and a new writing festival…
Our summer season kicks off with a revival of Simon Block’s Not A Game For Boys, starring Bobby Davro, and Second Soprano, transferring to us after a sell-out West End preview. We will also be previewing And Davies’ I Went To a Fabulous Party… in June before transferring it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
In July, Rough Haired Pointer returns to us with Peter Barnes’ Noonday Demons, a story of two religious hermits from the best-selling playwright of The Ruling Class, which recently ran in the West End. Running alongside is Another Soup’s Lovett and Todd, a new musical version of the story of Sweeney Todd delving into his relationship with Mrs Lovett.
During August, we are reviving Joe DePietrio’s Fucking Men, the longest running Off West End play ever at the King’s Head, and we now stage in a new version directed by Geoffrey Hyland. And September sees us welcome the award-winning End of Moving Walkway, who are presenting a rare revival of Arthur Miller’s first-produced play, The Man Who Had All the Luck.
For the first time this year, we’ll also be taking two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Trainspotting, In Your Face Theatre’s immersive production which had such huge success with us and at the festival last year, and I Went To A Fabulous Party…, giving new writer And Davies his Edinburgh as well as his London debut. We’re thrilled to be taking part in the biggest arts festival in the UK, and we’re looking forward to facilitating conversation between brave new companies and the London theatre scene.
We’re also pleased to announce that, from the beginning of our summer season, the King’s Head Theatre will be redesigned into a thrust formation, to offer more seats, improve sightlines and create a more immersive audience experience. The theatre is also now entirely ticketless, saving paper and modernising our ticket buying process.
Finally, this year marks our first new writing festival – #Festival45, which launches this coming November and runs for 5 weeks. If you haven’t joined us for our 45th year yet, you’re missing out – if it’s on here, it’s not on anywhere else!
Now in its 45th year, The King’s Head Theatre is celebrating this anniversary with an exciting new artistic policy after the departure of OperaUpClose, becoming a crucible for new writing and critical rediscoveries. Work from Irvine Welsh, Richard Cameron, Richard O’Brien and Arthur Miller, as well as Mike Bradwell directing for the first time since the 1970s, guarantees that if it’s on here, you won’t see it anywhere else. Led by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, second artistic director following Dan Crawford (who set up the King’s Head as the first pub theatre in 1970), the theatre is the first unfunded venue to have an Equity agreement to pay theatre-makers fair wages since 2011, and continues to do so despite receiving no public funding.
Not A Game For Boys, June 10th – July 4th (7pm and matinees)
Once a week three cabbies seek small respite from their daily lives in a local table tennis league. Tonight they must win or face the unthinkable oblivion of relegation but can the team survive the pressures on its individual members? Starring Bobby Davro.
I Went To A Fabulous Party…, June 13th – July 11th (times vary) and August 5th August 30th (10.40 pm, C too, Edinburgh)
A party amongst friends gets saucy when two newcomers challenge the dynamic at married couple Matt and Lee’s. Booze flows, perceptions are upset and the guys get naughty.
Second Soprano, June 16th – July 4th (9pm) (not 21st, 26th, 27th or 28th)
Following its sell-out West End preview, Second Soprano opens this June at the King’s Head Theatre. A poignant tale presented by a virtuosic comedy duo and a piano.
Noonday Demons, July 9th – August 1st (7pm and matinees)
Rough Haired Pointer presents Noonday Demons by Peter Barnes, author of The Ruling Class, in its first major revival since its premiere in 1969.
Lovett + Todd, July 14th – August 1st (9pm and 5pm Sundays)
Join Another Soup as they return to the theatre with another brand new musical, this time delving deep into the story of Sweeney Todd and his mistress, Mrs Cornelia Lovett.
Fucking Men, August 5th – August 29th (7pm and matinees)
Joe DiPietro’s serio-comedy is a contemporary adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde set within the gay subculture of a big city. The play is a moving portrayal of hunger and desire as it follows the erotic encounters of ten men in their interconnected search for sexual satisfaction. Each scene in the play is a frank, candid and sometimes brutally honest depiction of the lustful transaction between two men.
Trainspotting, August 5th – August 31st (6pm and 8.30pm, Assembly Underground, Edinburgh)
‘I was shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing!’ says Irvine Welsh. Trainspotting returns to Edinburgh after a critically acclaimed sell-out London season. This punchy, immersive production recaptures the passion and controversy of Irvine Welsh’s cult generation-defining novel. For this 21st anniversary production, the Scottish cast have created a snappy, vibrant retelling capturing the power and humour of the piece.
The Man Who Had All the Luck, September 2nd – September 27th (7pm and matinees)
Everything David Beeves touches turns to gold. He has a beautiful home and a loving wife, loyal friends and a thriving business. But as those around him trip and fall, David struggles to understand his fate. What if his Midas touch, like the flip of a coin or the pull of the tide, is nothing more than good luck? This rare revival in Miller’s centenary year will be the second production from End of Moving Walkway, whose critically acclaimed production of Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions last year was nominated for a What’s On Stage Award and two Off West End Awards.
Friday 8th May 2015