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#Festival45 a new theatre festival at the King’s Head Theatre

Kitchener StencilThe King’s Head Theatre, London’s original pub theatre, turns 45 years old in 2015, and has been creating brave and bold theatre since the 1970s.

They are now inviting the next generation to join in. In November, they launch #Festival45 – a new writing festival of 20 new shows, all performing for a week at one of London’s most respected Off West End venues. And they want new voices – voices as bold, brave and ambitious as we are, to become the crucial new voices of British Theatre. Drama, musicals, comedy, everything in between – the future.

With the departure of OperaUpClose early this year, this is a continuation of the King’s Head Theatre’s commitment to new writing and giving opportunities to the theatre-makers of tomorrow. They are interested in the life cycle of work, and support the development of artists and professionals – and this is there next big step in that direction!

If you have exciting, new, vibrant work that needs a platform, this is the opportunity for you. Send them your proposal (no more than one side of A4) to info@kingsheadtheatre.com with “#Festival45” in the subject line before Friday, May 29th, 11.59pm.

Terms and Conditions
1) All companies will need to pay a small guarantee to perform at the King’s Head Theatre, and will keep 100% of the box office.
2) We work with Equity to maintain the National Minimum Wage for Actors – all shows at the King’s Head Theatre must pay their actors the minimum wage (please see here for more details).
3) Each piece at #Festival45 will have 5 performances throughout one week of the festival at various times throughout the day, including the evening.

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.

Tuesday 7th April 2015



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