Started in the 1970s as London's first pub theatre on a spectacularly lean budget, the King's Head Theatre is a tiny space tucked away at the back of a Victorian boozer on Islington's Upper Street. In the past, it's helped launched a raft of stars, among them Hugh Grant, Steven Berkoff and Alan Rickman, and today boasts Joanna Lumley and Tom Stoppard as patrons. It flirted with a major change of direction in 2011 when Adam Spreadbury-Maher became artistic director and turned it into a fringe opera venue, though it has since reverted to a more traditional fringe-style programme.
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There are shows that dare you, through brutal effects, or difficult themes, or somer other figurative means, to get up and walk out. Then there are shows that literally dare you to get up and walk out – as in, the guy on stage tells you to get up and...Off-West End Until Saturday July 16 2016Read more
Strangers In Between
Tommy Murphy's critically acclaimed drama of friendship, sex and escapism follows the story of sixteen-year-old Shane as he leaves his home in rural Australia for downtown Sydney.Until Saturday July 16 2016Read more
That's Entertainment With Thelma Ruby
She might be 91, but that won't stop veteran actress Thelma Ruby putting on a good show. This afternoon of reminisces, songs, and excerpts from her leading roles will be accompanied by pianist, musical director and performer Jonathan Williams.Sunday July 24 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016Read more
Colin Spencer's groundbreaking drama is often credited as the first gay play. It explores the consequences of couple Gary and Tom's determination to have a child together, in the homophobic world of '60s London.Contemporary theatre Tuesday August 2 2016 - Sunday August 21 2016Read more
A radical new version of Puccini's timeless classic by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott.Classical and opera Wednesday August 31 2016 - Saturday October 8 2016Read more
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Service was appalling. Waited patiently at bar as all of the regulars got served, then waited some more as staff went off to collect glasses, then waited more for staff to return and serve more regulars.
Left after 10 minutes of standing at bar, being ignored.
recent takeover by Youngs has injected some much needed business acumen into the old dear. Ale is improved as is wine list and half-arsed pub grub is now provided without an actual kitchen. Live music endures as does the theatre, which is currently overdosing on gay plays, so be aware of the usher announcing loudly "last call for fucking men" to the Hoxton beardy horde.
Love to attend events here - have been coming for years and have loved every production I have gone to.
Dirty toilets, poor service and rude staff. This place has gone downhill since getting a late licence.
I loved "Elixir of Love". Everything was spot on - singing, acting, direction and translation. In fact I am going to book to see the parallel cast who have had equally good reviews. Hope it has not sold out yet!
So much fun to have our very own opera house in Islington. Have now seen three new opera productions here (Barber of Seville, Madam Butterfly & The Coronation of Poppea) and would highly recommend every single one. Wonderful to have singers so close up, you see every expression. No food served in the pub these days, but lots of good finds on Upper Street. Look forward to the next opera!
I have never experienced such poor customer service. The theatre cancelled the performance of Barber of Seville for the third time in a row and hasn't notified me in time. Avoid buying tickets in advance for their shows as the show will probably be cancelled.