Timeline: King’s Head Theatre History
1970 Dan Crawford founds the first pub theatre since Shakespeare’s day and the King’s Head Theatre is born
1983 Revival of Mr Cinders, opens at the King’s Head Theatre before transferring to the West End - it goes on to run for 527 performances
1983 Noel and Gurtie starring Joanna Lumley premieres
1986 Maureen Lipman stars in Olivier Award nominated Wonderful Town at the King’s Head Theatre 1988 - Premier of Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase opens at the King’s Head Theatre before transferring to Broadway
1991 Steven Berkoff directs and stars in the UK premiere of Kvetch at the King’s Head Theatre
2002 Trainee Resident Directors Scheme wins Royal Anniversary Trust Award
2010 Opera Up Close, founded by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Robin Norton-Hale become resident company for 4 years
2011 La Boheme wins the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Performance
2015 King’s Head Theatre forms a new charity to secure the future of the theatre
2015 Shock Treatment, the sequel to Rocky Horror Show, premiers at the King’s Head Theatre and Trainspotting is first performed at the King’s Head Theatre – in August 2017 it hit it’s 700th performance.
2016 43,857 audience members see a show at our London home - our audience numbers continue to go from strength to strength
2017 116,151 audience members saw a King’s Head Theatre show: 44,607 at our 110-seater home on Upper Street and 71,544 elsewhere.
2017 King’s Head Theatre produces a West End season at Trafalgar Studios transferring La boheme and Strangers in Between. La boheme goes on to be nominated for the Olivier for Best New Opera.
2018/19 King’s Head Theatre to move to a temporary home at the John Salt
2019/20 King’s Head Theatre to move to its new permanent home in Islington Square securing the future of the venue for generations to come.