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WINNER of the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Opera Production

WINNER of the 2011 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Off West-End Production

One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, at the heart of Puccini’s LA BOHÈME is the romance between aspiring novelist Rodolfo and immigrant cleaner Mimi, as his friends flirt, fight and struggle to make ends meet around him.

See the show that WhatsOnStage.com recently described as a “defining moment” as OperaUpClose’s first ever production returns to the King’s Head Theatre to celebrate its fifth birthday in style.

“Madly brilliant... an updated, zingy translation... a fresh rediscovery."

"This is Puccini without a safety net and it works."

"As Pub theatre this is surely the best ever."

Until Sunday 4 January



Treat yourself this festive season and join cabarets’ gift to Christmas, The Kitsch Kittens, for a late night yuletide feast of vintage seasonal hits of the girl groups of the 50s and 60s. Packing more retro Christmas cheer into 60 minutes than you can wave a candy cane at.
19 December

Our final production of the season was our first opera at the King's Head Theatre in autumn 2010, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Our adaptation is set in Jane Austen's England and its combination of gentle irony and laugh-out-loud comedy is the perfect antidote to the January blues.
6 - 17 January






4 actors take on 45 roles in a brand new stage adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel, which returns to the King's Head Theatre due to popular demand .



20 January - 14 February

After huge success in Dublin, Cape Town, Brighton and Edinburgh, and at The King's Head in August, the sexy South African sell-out sensation returns for a limited season in January. An edgy, fast-paced and visceral exploration of male sexuality.


24 January - 14 March

Join Frank Goldenboy and his two children, Paris  and Antwerp, in a time-travelling romp back to 1731. Re-live the 1980s through references to kids' television, experience echoes of classic Carry On movies and sing along to a melee of chart hits from back in the day as Frank attempts to follow his dream of becoming a highwayman.
15 February - 15 March

Charles Court Opera celebrate their ten year anniversary with a brand new 'Hammer Horror' production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore orThe Witch's Curse. Featuring a first-rate cast of nine CCO favourites, this special anniversary production is not to be missed.

"wickedly funny" THE GUARDIAN

on HMS Pinafore

18 February - 14 March

Following a critically received and a near sell out run at the 2014 Edinburgh festival, In your face are proud to revive “Trainspotting” the 21st anniversary production of Harry Gibson's adaptation; of Irvine Welsh’s cult generation defining novel for an exclusive run of performances.

17 March - 11 April

In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime London, to visit US troops, and see how the British, most importantly the women, are coping. Granted special permission to use Eleanor's writings, Alison Skilbeck's one-woman show explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.

15 April - 9 May

The World Stage Premiere of the Equal-Sequel to Richard O’Brien’s world-famous THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. With music by Richard Hartley and lyrics by Richard O’Brien add to that Jim Sharman’s original book, now adapted for the stage by Tom Crowley, the laughs – and shocks – come thick and fast.

17 April - 9 May

Roma is a woman with a dark past and a troubled present.The Flannelettes, led by the women’s refuge manager Brenda, are a group of enthusiastic singers formed to perform a turn at the karaoke for the Miners’ Welfare in a Yorkshire town.
13 May - 6 June

Cracking Up Productions presents 'Not a Game for Boys'  by Simon Block. Once a week three cabbies seek small respite from their daily lives in a local table tennis league. Tonight they must win or face the unthinkable oblivion of relegation but can the team survive the pressures on its individual members?

10 June - 4 July