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Equity is the biggest trade union for the performing arts industry in the UK. We are proud to be one of the very few small-scale unfunded theatres to have an Equity House Agreement.


The Agreement states that we will pay all performers and stage managers in OperaUpClose and King’s Head Theatre productions an Equity-approved rate for rehearsals and performances.


This is not the same as the Equity rates for subsidised or West End theatres, as Equity recognise that these rates were not intended to be applied to a 110-seat, unfunded theatre such as the King’s Head. It is a unique agreement which recognises and formalises our commitment to paying artists and stage managers a fair wage for the work that they do. The Agreement also complies with all legal requirements relating to National Insurance, holiday pay and National Minimum Wage.

When our productions are staged at other venues, such as Soho Theatre, regional theatres, and private performances, we never pay less than the agreed amounts in the Equity House Agreement, and often significantly more.