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 Book Club
A bookworm's inner life wriggles out of control in this London premiere of Roger Hall's one-woman comedy show. Nadia Tass directs Amanda Muggleton ('Prisoner Cell Block H') in a story of a woman whose book-inspired fantasies start to come true.Until Saturday November 5 2016Read more
5 Guys Chillin'
This is a graphic, gripping, funny verbatim drama about the gay 'Chill-Out' scene taken from 50 hours of interviews with guys found through the app Grindr and other social media. The play explores changing attitudes to sex, relationships, HIV and dat...Drama Until Saturday November 5 2016Read more
An absurd, black comedy by Gabriel Jones, in which two actors wait outside an audition, unsettled to find themselves competing for a thankless role in a reality television show.Comedy Saturday October 22 2016 - Thursday November 3 2016Read more
As Trump marshals his forces for a bitterly fought US presidential election, satirist and performer Simon Jay is on hand to provide a demented vision of the man himself. This absurd comedy landed some top reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe - here's a second...Comedy Sunday October 23 2016 - Tuesday November 8 2016Read more
Boy With Beer
This bittersweet coming-of-age story is a classic that's set during Brixton's emerging rave scene. Harry Mackrill directs this revival of Paul Boakye's 1991 play, which is still rare for telling a story that's set among the black gay community.Contemporary theatre Tuesday November 8 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016Read more
As the cobwebs settle after Halloween, Let Them Call It Mischief stage a comedy horror based on the classic story of 'Dracula'. Five actors play the novel's teeming cast, in a schlocky take on the gothic chiller.Comedy Wednesday November 9 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016Read more
Who said pantos need to be big to be beautiful? Charles Court Opera's 10th 'boutique' pantomime is a pared down retelling of the little boy who's carved from wood. It'll be built on a pub theatre-ready scale, in a puppet-filled festive family treat.Panto Thursday December 1 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017Read more
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I have seen the most weird, wonderful and surprising performances here, and when I'm not watching a show, the pub and the live music are fantastic as well.
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.