After the tremendous season opener, Trainspotting ( “utterly amazing” London Theatre 1) the next couple of months at one of London’s best pub theatres continues to celebrate it’s 45 year anniversary by presenting new, exciting work that hasn’t been seen before in London. Chances are, if it is on at the King’s Head, you won’t be able to see it anywhere else.
Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, 14th April to 9th May
In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. Granted special permission to use Eleanor’s writings, Alison Skilbeck’s one-woman show explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.
Shock Treatment, 17th April to 6th June
The World Stage Premiere of the equal-sequel to Richard O’Brien’s world-famous “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. With music by Richard Hartley and lyrics by Richard O’Brien, add to that Jim Sharman’s original book, now adapted for the stage by Tom Crowley, the laughs – and shocks – come thick and fast.
The Zoo & Trial by Jury, 19th April to 10th May
Charles Court Opera “the masters of G&S in small spaces” (CNJ) present this special treat for CCO and King’s Head opera fans – a one act comedy from Bolton Rowe and Sullivan, set in a tumultuous London Zoo, with a suicidal chemist and a Peer in disguise, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s parody of the British judicial system. Both are given a CCO treatment that will leave your sides splitting as you roll down the aisle.
The Flannelettes, 13th May to 6th June
The Glee Club award-winning writer Richard Cameron’s tough new play takes an uncompromising look at love and violence in a shattered community, with The Flannelettes providing a bitter sweet sound track of sixties soul. Directed by Mike Bradwell.
Full details can be found at www.kingsheadtheatre.com
The King’s Head Theatre ‘continue to improve pay and conditions for actors and stage management with our annual review of our house agreement with Equity.’ Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says “We were the first unfunded pub theatre to introduce a house agreement in 2011, and while we are known for “what” we do at the King’s Head, it is also “how” we do it that matters to us.”
Monday 23rd March 2015