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
Cross-dressing star Vesta Tilley is the focus of this one-woman show from Off the Fence theatre company. Tom Glover's play has the male impersonator sitting in her dressing room and reliving her roles, the songs she performed in the war and her role in...
It's the first time London will have seen this play about Marilyn Monroe, or rather, an old lady who purports to be her. In 2003 grandmother Lynnie escapes Stockthorpe-on- Sea and gets over 8000 miles to LA where she aims to tell the world how she faked...
Opera, Fringe, Drama
- Rating: 4/5
OperaUpClose has come a long way over five years and 21 productions. Set to leave its Islington base the King’s Head in January, the company presents its last new production there, and what terrific fun it is.‘The Marriage of Figaro’ is Mozart’s complex...
Average User Rating
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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.