Dirty toilets, poor service and rude staff. This place has gone downhill since getting a late licence.
King's Head Theatre
© Andrew Brackenbury
Time Out says
Posted: Sat Oct 6 2012
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 had a major change of direction in 2011 when Adam Spreadbury-Maher became artistic director and turned it into a fringe opera venue. OperaUpClose is its resident company and opera, musical theatre, dance and occasionally plays alternate in its current rep.
What's on at King's Head Theatre
Fringe, Drama, LGBT
This 'exploration of male sexuality' has been written by Oskar Brown and returns to London following a sell-out season at the King's Head in 2014. Three intertwining plots portray people at different points in their relationship from a young student...
OperaUpClose's very successful staging of Puccini's opera about idealistic young artists returns to the King's Head Theatre.
Fringe, Opera, Drama
Gilbert and Sullivan's rarely seen comic opera gets an staging with an intriguing hammer horror twist directed by John Savournin. Charles Court Opera, the company behind recent hits 'Patience' and a host of excellent pantos, stage the melodrama spoof...
Fringe, Opera, Drama
OperaUpClose revive the first ever opera they staged at the King's Head Theatre as part of their farewell to the King's Head season. This version of Rossini's comedy is set in Jane Austen's England.
- Rating: 3/5
This review was of the show's run at the White Bear theatre. The show transfers to the Kings Head in 2015. In the ’90s everyone laughed at Bridget Jones’s; Anne Frank’s still makes us gasp in horror today, but in Victorian London the diary that everyone...
Irvine Welsh's sweary, violent, drug-fuelled tale of wasters in Edinburgh arrives at the King's Head courtesy of In Your Face. The piece, which is based on Harry Gibson's pre-film stage adaptation, ran at the Edinburgh festival in 2014 and arrives in...
Average User Rating
2.8 / 5
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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.