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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The King's Head will be bursting with new writing during this fortnight-long festival. The line-up includes a quirky mix of plays, such as 'The Soul of Wittgenstein', a novel look at philosophy, and 'A Haunting', which explores ghosts and the internet....Drama Until Saturday July 30 2016Read more
Freud The Musical
This unlikely-sounding one woman show stars Natasha Sutton-Williams as the founding father of psychoanalysis. Her self-penned musical comedy explores psychoanalysis, sex and madness, accompanied by pianist Phil Blandford.Musicals Wednesday July 27 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016Read more
The Soul Of Wittgenstein
Ron Elisha's new play is set in 1941, at Guy's Hospital in London. An illiterate cockney man lies dying of cancer - and in a surreal twist of fate, a certain well-known philosopher arrives to bring relief.Drama Thursday July 28 2016 - Saturday July 30 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 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
The Chemsex Monologues
This frank look at the scandalous world of chemsex returns for a second stint at The King's Head. A series of monologues give a witty, dark insight into the sex lives of six characters.Drama Monday August 15 2016 - Saturday August 20 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.