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Good Night Out Presents recognises that there is great value in people having access to proper work experience, where it is offered and arranged properly and is a mutually beneficial arrangement, but that this should never be used as a way of attempting to circumvent National Minimum Wage Registrations. 


Intern’s Rights:
At all times, I will have the right to choose the hours I work.

I have the right to discuss with my supervisor what work I will undertake at the beginning of my internship.
I have the right to decide what work I do.

I have the right to regular feedback sessions with my supervisor, at mutually agreed times.





The King’s Head Theatre is committed to providing opportunities for young directors to increase their experience and develop their craft.


The Directing Programme was created in 1994. In 2002 the Programme won the Queen’s Jubilee Award in recognition of its unique value, for contribution to the arts and pursuit of Excellence, presented by HM Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Attenborough and Richard Eyre.


Under the new Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, The King's Head Theatre is now the home of OperaUpClose, creating more learning opportunities for young directors, especially for those, but not limited to those, who want to work in opera and musical theatre. There are also opportunities to get involved in other theatre and OperaUpClose productions at other venues in London, around the UK and internationally. The Trainee Director scheme is now curated by Co-Artistic Director of OperaUpClose, Robin Norton-Hale, who herself was a graduate of the scheme in 2006.


Structure of the Scheme

We aim to give director's the skills they will need to produce and direct their own shows, as that is how most early-career directors are able to make work.  To that end the scheme is intended to equip Trainees with producing and stage management skills as well as directing experience.


Trainees will usually work on one production as Assistant Stage Manager, and then spend approximately four weeks doing assistant producing work in the King's Head Theatre office on a second show, for which they will act as Assistant Director in rehearsals. For exceptional Trainees, we are sometimes able to offer the opportunity to direct a Without Décor or Off-Peak production at the King's Head Theatre, following the completion of the Trainee Director Scheme.


The scheme is suitable for those who have directed some small-scale professional shows, or who have extensive, larger-scale student drama experience. If you have taken a different path (for example you are a stage manager or performer considering a change in direction) we would still like to hear from you, although we are unlikely to accept people with no prior directing experience.


Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in the scheme. Please also indicate if you have a particular interest in opera. We hold interviews for shortlisted candidates 2-3 times per year, so please do be patient and we will get back to you if you have been shortlisted.


Successful candidates will undertake the role on a voluntary basis.

Please send your application (FAO Robin Norton-Hale) to: info@kingsheadtheatre.com 


Graduate Statements

"The scheme is a fantastic opportunity to work in a highly creative and engaging environment, amongst a team of professionals who are willing to provide you with opportunities to help you develop as an artist, both during and after the completion of the programme." Hannah Noone, 2012

"A fantastic, hands-on experience where you learn a huge amount in a relatively short space of time. It also provides you with a great contacts base for networking and creating future employment opportunities." Holly Aston, 2011

"A great introduction to working within a theatre and gaining more of an insight into each 'department', the relationship between them, and how a theatre is run. It is also a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience of assistant producing and assistant directing in a reputable London Fringe/Off-West End Theatre." Audrey Sheffield, 2011

"It is a great opportunity to explore and improve your skills in a practical way. The programme helps you to improve all the knowledge that you get at drama school. I didn't have any idea about the work of the stage manager before. I understand how important they are after working as an assistant stage manager in the programme." Marta Noguera, 2011

"The King's Head is an amazing place to be because you feel at the heart of a vibrant community of people who are all interested in the process of making theatre. I have also felt incredibly supported when on the programme… I have been given a lot of invaluable advice." Becky Martin, 2010




The King's Head Theatre welcomes applications for internships from enthusiastic people looking to embark on a career in theatre.

The King's Head Theatre is an active producing house, home to resident company OperaUpClose and a thriving programme of theatre. Reporting to the Producer, the Assistant Producer would play a key role in managing productions, including budgeting, marketing, scheduling and general management. The Assistant Producer will also act as a first point of contact and fixer for shows at the theatre. The Assistant Producer will also spend a proportion of the internship as an Assistant Stage Manager on a specific show, getting hands-on experience in the rehearsal room and during performances.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and a passion for theatre production, and will be keen to learn and develop their skills in a professional environment. They will be self-motivated, able to take initiative and work independently, will be obviously talented and serious about a career in theatre production. This is a significant opportunity to gain exceptional experience producing at the heart of fringe theatre with a successful, youthful and multi-award winning production company.

This position is a three month, full time voluntary internship with hours divided between daytimes in the production office and some evenings.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Dominic Haddock, via dominic.haddock@kingsheadtheatre.com

 Graduate Statements


"I cannot recommend this internship more highly. During my time at the King's Head I was entrusted with real responsibility and the support and guidance to help me carry out my work. The warm and friendly staff made me feel like a valued member of the team and were always on hand to provide a greater insight and understanding into their day-to-day work. OperaUpClose are such a pioneering company, full of energy and inspiration, you cannot help but be swept along by their buzz and excitement during pre-production! For anyone wishing to pursue a career within producing, this is a first-class internship. You will walk away with real experience, understanding and greater confidence to move forward in your chosen profession."

Stacey Permaul, 2012

"Spending three months as an Assistant Producer intern at The King's Head Theatre was an incredibly enjoyable and informative experience. I was pleased to discover, on the very first day, that I would be entrusted with real responsibilities if I wanted to take them on. Being given the opportunity to do real work for the theatre was crucial in developing my understanding of the industry and building my confidence to interact with theatre professionals. On top of this brilliantly practical learning method, I found everyone in the offices to be welcoming, fun and happy to offer as much help as I could want. Since my internship, I have produced a fringe show of my own and hope to continue to do so once I've finished my final year at Uni. "

Patrick Duncombe, 2011

"I applied to the King's Head because I wanted as much hands-on experience as possible, and I wasn't disappointed. You're thrown in at the deep end, and have the opportunity to try all aspects of producing, with plenty of feedback and guidance. The skills you get out of such a short time are priceless, and it's a great springboard to other opportunities within the company and elsewhere."

Rachel Lerman, 2011



All of the Ushers at the King's Head are volunteers. The work is unpaid, but you will watch some great theatre for free and get an insight into how a small, successful Off West-End theatre works.

We ask that volunteers commit to around one shift per week, with a willingness to be flexible. We do run lunchtime, evening and late night shows as well as weekend matinees, so there is every chance that ushering one of our shows will easily fit around your lifestyle.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send us your details.

Please send your CV to Louisa Davis via louisa.davis@kingsheadtheatre.com