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Trainspotting part of The King’s Head Theatre 2015 Season

Gavin Ross as Mark Renton in Trainspotting
Gavin Ross as Mark Renton in Trainspotting
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King’s Head Theatre Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, has announced the theatre’s work for the first 6 months of 2015, including a new play directed by Mike Bradwell, and the 21st anniversary production of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, with a 9-actor Edinburgh cast, plus, the long anticipated stage premiere of Richard O’Brien’s Shock Treatment, the equal/sequel to his cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Irvine Welsh, author of Transpotting, said of the Scottish revival, set to transfer to the King’s Head: “I’m not big on reading or watching my old stuff, but I was blown away by this new production of Trainspotting at the Festival”.

Richard O’Brien, creator of Shock Treatment, commented: “Shock Treatment has been waiting patiently in the wings for a stage premiere since the film was released in 1981. Just as Rocky began life upstairs at the Royal Court, it seems a perfect fit for Shock Treatment to start its stage life in the effervescent atmosphere of the astounding King’s Head Theatre next April.”.

Celebrating their 45th birthday in 2015 since opening in 1970 as London’s first pub theatre since Shakespeare’s time, The King’s Head season will also include Lucy Skilbeck’s production of Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day, and a new adaptation of the classic Victorian satire The Diary of a Nobody, directed by Mary Franklin.

A new play, The American Venus, inspired by the story of Louise Brooks from Canadian-based playwright Leslie Mildiner, as well as the internationally renowned Between, by South African Oskar Brown, which returns to the King’s Head following sell-out seasons in Dublin, Edinburgh, Brighton and Cape Town, will feature beside the first major London revival and 20th anniversary of Simon Block’s debut play Not A Game For Boys.

Spreadbury-Maher commented: “I can’t think of a better way to say happy 45th birthday than to announce a range of fantastic work which continues to redefine the theatre’s identity; with writers as varied as Irvine Welsh to Gilbert & Sullivan, helmed by directors from Mary Franklin at the exciting start of her career, to theatrical legend Mike Bradwell. I’m pleased to announce that accessible high quality classical music will still have a home at the King’s Head with Ruddigore, a rarely seen gem by Gilbert & Sullivan. The King’s Head is a unique and special place, as our loyal audiences always tell us – so if you’ve not visited before, this is the year to do it.”.

Ticket prices start from £10 for everyone, with under-26 £10 tickets available, plus we’re introducing a Pay What You Can night for every season. Tickets are now available from www.kingsheadtheatre.com or 0207 478 0160.

Season details:
The Diary of a Nobody 20 January – 14 February PRESS NIGHT Friday 23 January 7pm transferring from White Bear after a sell-out acclaimed run. Directed by King’s Head Trainee Director Scheme graduate Mary Franklin

Between by Oskar Brown 24 January – 14 March PRESS NIGHT Tuesday 27 January 9.15pm returning following a sell-out summer season. Directed by Award Winning South African Geoffrey Hyland

Ruddigore by Gilbert & Sullivan 18 February – 14 March PRESS NIGHT Friday 20 February 7pm maintaining our commitment to accessible classical music, with a hammer horror twist. Directed by John Savournin

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh March 17 – April 11 PRESS NIGHT Friday 20 March 7pm the first major revival transfers from the Edinburgh Festival. Directed by Greg Esplin

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London by Alison Skilbeck 14 April  – May 9 PRESS NIGHT Wednesday 15 April 7pm – a new play marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. Directed by Australian Lucy Skilbeck

Shock Treatment by Richard O’Brien 17 April – 9 May PRESS NIGHT Tuesday 21 April 9pm – the anticipated stage premiere of the equal/sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Directed by Benji Sperring

The Flannelettes by Richard Cameron May 12 – June 6 PRESS NIGHT Friday 15 May 7pm – a new play set in a woman’s refuge of a Yorkshire mining town. Directed by veteran director Mike Bradwell

Not A Game For Boys by Simon Block 10 June – 4 July PRESS NIGHT Friday 12 June 7pm – the first major revival of his 1995 Royal Court Theatre breakthrough play. Directed by Jason Lawson

The American Venus by Leslie Mildiner 8 July – 1 Aug PRESS NIGHT Friday 10 July 7pm – a new play based on a true account of the latter life of actress Louise Brooks. Directed by Sarah Berger

Thursday 27th November 2014


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1 thought on “Trainspotting part of The King’s Head Theatre 2015 Season”

  1. I first saw this last December then during the fringe and was absolutely blown away by the sheer talent and energy of the cast. A must see by anyone’s standards.

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