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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A revival of Joe DiPietro's comedy adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's 'La Ronde' which follows the erotic encounters of ten men in their search for sexual satisfaction. Geoffrey Hyland directs.Fringe Until Saturday May 7 2016Read more
Saucy Jack And The Space Vixens
There's intergalactic silliness and out of this world dancing at this revival of the cult space musical, staged by Hannah Johnson Productions. Cast and audience will rub shoulders in an interactive staging, livened up by a fully functioning bar as well...Until Saturday May 21 2016Read more
Saucy Jacks and the Space Vixens
The award-winning, campy, cult cabaret show returns.Musicals Until Saturday May 21 2016Read more
Might Never Happen
Doll's Eye Theatre presents a contemporary piece written by the company and inspired by research by Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray and Dr. Maria Garner exploring various aspects and perspectives of street harassment. Contains some scenes audience members may find...Comedy Sunday May 8 2016 - Monday May 16 2016Read more
Might Never Happen
Doll's Eye Theatre presents a contemporary piece written by the company and inspired by research by Dr. Fiona Vera-Gray and Dr. Maria Garner exploring various aspects and perspectives of street harassment. Contains some scenes audience members may find...Contemporary theatre Sunday May 8 2016 - Monday May 16 2016Read more
Christie In Love
Rough Haired Pointer presents Howard Brenton's 1969 award-winning play exploring the disturbing life of serial killer John Christie.Drama Wednesday May 25 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016Read more
Big Brother Blitzkrieg
Bitter Pill Theatre revive their reality TV spin on the 20th century hate figure. Written and directed by Hew Rous Eyre and Max Elton.Contemporary theatre Thursday May 26 2016 - Saturday June 18 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.Contemporary theatre Tuesday June 21 2016 - Saturday July 16 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.