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EVENING STANDARD
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24th 2010



Kings Head theatre pub in Islington, North London. Photograph: Jeffrey Blackler/Alamy


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19th 2010

'Opera in a London pub aims to end elitism and high prices'
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All change at The King's Head. London's first fringe theatre is reinventing itself, with a little help from Joanna Lumley, Jonathan Miller and Mark Ravenhill. Adam Spreadbury-Maher, 28, the artistic director of The Cock Tavern and winner of the 2009 Peter Brook Empty Space Award, adds the pub theatre to his roster and plans to turn it into a producing house for opera and musicals. Lumley, who appeared on the tiny stage early in her career, has helped financially while Miller, having repeatedly renounced the West End in recent months, nails his fringe credentials to the mast with plans to direct at both pubs. "He came to see La Bohème and I went up to say hello," says Spreadbury-Maher. "Before I could open my mouth, he said 'I have to direct here'".

That pub-set Bohème (directed by Robin Norton-Hale) later transferred to Soho Theatre and The King's Head promises the same experimental approach (with prices capped at £15), including a Madame Butterfly set in Bangkok with ladyboys and an airline pilot Pinkerton, while Mark Ravenhill is writing an up-to-date libretto for Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, with added Berlusconi.



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 2010



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 2010



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 2010