To celebrate their OnComm award, and with the country set to stay at home, the King’s Head Theatre and Charles Court Opera are delighted that their smash hit online pantomime, Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown will now be available to watch on demand until midnight on Sunday 10 January.
This week's #KHTOnline was hosted by multi-award-winning Theatre Director, Andrew Keates. Andrew co-ran the Landor Theatre for three years working on many productions as a Producer, Casting Director and Director. In 2012, he left the Landor to form his own production company, Arion Productions Ltd of which he is the current Artistic Director that give opportunities to theatremakers and in 2017, they launched the Show People Podcast which Andrew hosts.
This week, we were joined by Tingying Dong, Sound Designer and Co-Founder of Out of the Blue Theatre. Ting discussed her experiences over the last several months, in particular adapting work and creating more unusual, bold and experimental projects. She shared her journey of collaborating, making an immersive audio experience and applying theatrical sound design skills to online audio work.
The co-directors of Global Origins, Aneesha Srinivasan and Emma Jude Harris discuss their experiences as foreign artists, the idea of invisible privileges and their understanding of intersectionality and migrant, immigrant and international experiences.
This month's Book Club was on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. James Callàs Ball, one of our amazing Junior Associates, discussed the play and in particular, focused on two productions: the 2017 Young Vic production directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and the 2019 Bridge Theatre production directed by Nicholas Hytner, examining the very different use of design in each production and therefore, the differing explorations of theme and character. Photo by Manuel Harlan (Bridge Theatre, 2019)
This week's Behind the Scenes at KHT was hosted by our brilliant Marketing Manager, Oscar French. In this instalment of #KHTOnline, Oscar discusses Behavioural Science and how arts organisations can implement it as part of their marketing, sales and audience development strategies.
Aileen hosted a session for us back in June on her new acting technique, The Gonsalves Method. This time, she focuses on truthful, authentic acting. Particularly, looking at how to stay connected at the moment and how to choose objectives. She also shares her top tips on staying connected to your 'partner' when self-taping
This month's Book Club looks at Mules by Winsome Pinnock, hosted by one of our amazing Trainee Resident Directors, Amber Sinclair-Case. Mules is a kaleidoscopic look at black female drug smugglers shuttling between Jamaica and London, sometimes ending up in jail, never meeting the top people, dreaming of a new life. Amber shares her exciting directorial pitch for the piece; exploring female and Jamaican identity alongside transgender experience and homophobia.
Heather Ruck was Head of Programming for Assembly Festival and has worked in programming for over fifteen years. Since September, she has been overseeing our programming and leading our staff team alongside our Executive Director, Fiona English. In this session of #KHTOnline, Heather discusses her experiences in the industry and some exciting plans and opportunities coming up at the King's Head Theatre.
Star of our West End, smash-hit production of Coming Clean, Lee Knight is no stranger to the King's Head Theatre, nor the stage. He recently launched The Audition Room: a new stream of online classes and workshops taught exclusively by industry-leading, working actors. In this session of #KHTOnline, Lee shares his top tips on self-taping and auditions and answers your questions as well as discussing his experiences in the industry and how he's keeping connected and inspired during the pandemic.
The Space is a theatre on the Isle of Dogs increasing access to the arts and providing support for new artists. Artistic Director, Adam Hemming joined us back in May to discuss the venue and their digital response to COVID-19, Locked Down, Looking Up. In this session of #KHTOnline, Adam announces upcoming shows, further online programming and what you can do to help support the Space during these difficult times.
Book Club is back! Each month, one of our resident or associate artists will present their ideas and responses to a text, discuss its critical reception and past productions and pitch their exciting artistic vision for the script. Our first Book Club is on When the Rain Stops Falling by Australian playwright, Andrew Bovell hosted by Jen Davis, one of our brilliant Junior Associates. She takes us through the play, discusses its key themes and offers how it could be staged. Photo by Gary Marsh.
Once a month, we will be brining you an update on all things King's Head Theatre: what we've been up to, future plans and further information on upcoming #KHTOnline sessions and our brand new Facebook Community, KHTConnected. Our first Behind the Scenes at KHT is with our wonderful Executive Director, Fiona English who discusses her path into the industry, her role at the King's Head Theatre and what it's like to run a venue during these difficult times.
Jess Mabel Jones is a theatre-maker, puppeteer & producer. Growing from a place of inclusivity, playful improvisation and democratic conversation, Jess' work is eclectic, visually dynamic, often autobiographical and always a little bit rowdy! Her work has played at venues like the Barbican, the Tate, Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre and before the COVID-19 pandemic, she had upcoming projects at the Royal Court and The Playground Theatre. In this sessions, Jess discusses her projects and her creative and self-reflection during lockdown.
Freelance Casting Director, Andrew Davies has worked in casting for theatre and film for five years. A year of casting for the King's Head Theatre included: Joe DiPietro's F**king Men, the 'beautifully cast' (★★★★ The Independent) Strangers in Between that transferred to Trafalgar Studios and an early run of Peter Darney's international success, 5 Guys Chillin'. In this session, Andrew looks at the meaning of having 'castability' and how that is changing and evolving as we head towards, much needed, increased inclusivity. Photo by Scott Rylander.
Papatango champion the next generation of brilliant playwrights, especially those who might otherwise lack pathways into theatre. Their opportunities are free, open to anyone, and anonymously assessed. In this session, Artistic Director, George Turvey discusses Papatango, their New Writing Prize and the work the company does to help nurture and grow new writing across the country.
Kev McCurdy is an Equity Professional Fight Director, gaining his status in 1999 and becoming the first Black Equity Registered Fight Director since the conception of the then, Society of British Fight Directors in 1969. He's been the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama's resident Fight Tutor since 2005. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman for the Academy of Performance Combat. In this session, Kev discusses how to become a Fight Director, the rewards and the pitfalls, the choices and sacrifices that he's made and how he keeps motivated.
Kate Lane is an interdiscplinary artist and scenographer. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of performance collective, Brave New Worlds with Valentina Ceschi and Guoda Jaruseviciute. Their work sits on the intersection between performance, theatre and visual art. In this session, Kate discusses how they explore performance from a design-led approach and their projects, their recent site specific piece, Greenham in particular, and their use of short film and 360 VR. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.
Leon Trayman has been teaching voice and singing lessons for more than ten years and has worked as a singing teacher at the world famous The BRIT School and Mountview London. He approaches his teaching and performance from musical, theatrical, directorial and technical voice perspectives. In this session, Leon breaks down Voice Coaching, routes into the field and the importance of working with a Voice Coach and how he's been working with his clients during lockdown, focusing on the use of text (moving from page to stage) and personal/artistic development.
Equity are a union of more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace. In this session, Amy Dawson (Equity Members & Recruitment Organiser and Asst. London Branch Organiser) and Shenagh Govan (Chair of Equity's North and East London Branch) give an overview of the support Equity has offered since the COVID-19 crisis and the weekly Equity Zooms In On... meetings from Equality Committees, as well as some tips on how to engage with your local Branch.
The PappyShow are a playful, physical and visual ensemble theatre company. Formed in 2013, they use exercise and training to devise and create work. They are a diverse company and difference and diversity are the cornerstones of their work and process. The PappyShow offer physical training opportunities for performers and non-performers. They have toured the UK with their award-winning shows: BOYS; GIRLS and CARE. In this session, Rachel and Seda discuss how The PappyShow started, what they do and how they make work using playfulness and joy as their most powerful creative tools.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, Islington will step down from his post this September after a decade of service.
In his role as Artistic Director, the Australian-born former opera singer introduced the first agreement with Equity for actors and stage managers to be paid a legal wage on the Fringe in 2011 and has been a vocal spokesperson for ethical employment. During his tenure, he has put on over 1,000 performances and as co-founder of OperaUpClose, introduced new audiences to the art form. Adam is a queer theatre-maker who has also long championed new work and revivals by and about the LGBTQIA+ community, for which the King's Head Theatre serves as an important hub.
Georgia Attlesey FRSA is a Creative Producer making big ideas more accessible through culture. Now freelance, she runs the Achates Philanthropy Prize, oversees public programming for London Film School and mentors for the Roundhouse and Arts Emergency. Georgia is also developing Pudding, a discussion platform for audiences to digest cultural performances. In this session, Georgia covers: what a Creative Producer does, tips for transitioning to a freelance career, and why you might not know that your dream job in the arts sector exists!
Burn Bright seeks to champion women writers and level the playing field wherever possible - creating a network and opportunities to build writers up and lobby for change. Tori Allen-Martin is an actor/writer/singer-songwriter, named as one of the BBC's New Talent Hotlist 2017 and nominated for an Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright. In this session, Tori discusses: creating truthful, authentic work, putting on your own work and letting go of perfectionism as well as sharing some updates and insights on Burn Bright's current and upcoming projects.
Isabella Van Braeckel is an award-winning Set & Costume Designer. She has been a Jerwood Young Designer (Gate Theatre) and was long-listed for The Old Vic 12. Her previous design credits include: DUAL (VAULT Festival); The Dog Walker (Jermyn Street Theatre); Burgerz (Hackney Showroom, Traverse Theatre & Tour) and The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre & Tour). In this session, Isabella discusses the similarities and differences between designing for New Writing, Opera and Dance as well as routes into designing, her process and collaborations.
Papergang Theatre produce work that is informed by the East Asian experience within Britain and the East Asian diaspora, inspired by the desire to see that perspective on stage. Their previous work includes: Tiananmen 30 (Omnibus Theatre, 2019); Invisible Harmony 无形的和谐 (Southbank Centre, 2020) and Freedom Hi 自由閪 (VAULT Festival, 2020), the latter winning VAULT Show of the Week. In this session, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Clarissa Widya discusses the development of Papergang Theatre, growing into a career and being a parent in the theatre industry.
Swings & Roundabouts is a collective for emerging theatre makers to connect, share skills and support each other. At the beginning of Lockdown, they moved online and launched PLAYgrounded: a virtual community for theatre makers during the COVID-19 crisis. In this session, Co-Artistic Directors Katie Berglöf, Will Irven & Imy Wyatt Corner cover: how they started and what they do, their mission to create a community for theatre makers and their future projects within the COVID-landscape and beyond!
Tingying Dong is a Sound designer, Composer and Technician. One of Ting's first professional designs was for our production of Jerker which earned her an Offie nomination. Her recent credits include: Bin Juice; Kraken and The First (VAULT Festival) and Blood Orange (Old Red Lion Theatre). In this session, Ting takes us through her process of interpreting a script/project and some methods she uses to enrich the sound design and therefore also, to enrich the entire piece.
Macadie Amoroso is an Actor, Writer, Theatre-Maker and East 15 Acting School Graduate. She debuted her spoken-word solo-show, Blue Beneath My Skin, at the Bunker Theatre last August. In this session, Macadie discusses her journey into the arts and her experiences as an actor and a writer in the industry. She also talks about the creative and development process behind Blue Beneath My Skin and the trajectory it's taken since its first production.
Hijinx casts learning disabled actors in award-winning productions which tour the world. They have a network of 70+ trained actors around Wales who have learning and developmental disabilities including Down’s Syndrome, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Their Artistic Director, Ben Pettitt-Wade, has been working with artists with learning disabilities and/or autism for 20 years. In this session, Ben discusess the Hijinx approach to making theatre, his devising process and how the current situation has affected the company’s work.
Aileen Gonsalves is an Actor, Writer, Director and Education Practitioner. Aileen has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 15 years and is the founder and Artistic Director of Butterfly Theatre Company, who specialise in site responsive, immersive and accessible Shakespeare in extraordinary locations. In this session, Aileen discusses her unique acting method, The Gonsalves Method, rooted in the Meisner Technique, and how it can be applied to any text.
Flux Theatre are a London-based new writing company creating socially engaging theatre. Their previous work includes: Something Awful by Tatty Hennessy (VAULT Festival, 2020) and CHUTNEY by Reece Connolly (Bunker Theatre, 2018). They are also the founders of new writing event EMERGE (Arcola Theatre) and Flux Gym. In this session, Will and Georgie offer their insights into starting your own theatre company, producing productions and outreach with writers as well as sharing future plans and how creatives can get involved with them.
Alexandra Cory is a Dramatists and Creatives Agent at Berlin Associates, one of the UK's best-known boutique agencies for film, TV and theatre. Her clients include writers: Amy Ng; Asif Khan; Chris Bush; Iman Quershi; Tatty Hennessy and Teddy Lamb and directors: Katie Posner; Guy Jones; Harry Mackrill; Lucy Jane Atkinson; Ng Choon Ping and Poonam Brah. In this session, she sheds some light on the role of an agent and the benefits of being attached to one as well as advising on routes into becoming an agent.
George Spender was the Editorial Director of Oberon Books, where he published hundreds of playwrights including: Duncan Macmillan; Lemn Sissay; Simon Stone; Tanika Gupta and Alice Birch, and performance groups: Action Hero; Rash Dash; Forest Fringe and Ontroerend Goed. He founded Salamander Street in 2019 while living in Edinburgh. Now based in Bristol, the company focuses on new writing and Theatre-in-Education work. In this session, George demistifies the publishing process.
Nouveau Riche are a multi-award winning creative movement. Their objective is to discover, nurture and produce unique stories with a keen scope on work that is both educational and entertaining. They have set out to create new writing that is thought provoking, challenging and culturally inclusive. In this session, their Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Ryan Calais Cameron discusses how they formed, the work they have produced and what lies ahead for the collective.
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions. In this session, Graeae's Associate Director and Head of New Writing, Nickie Miles-Wildin discusses the company, their artistic vision and their work and their focus on integrating creative access.
Micaëla works as a freelance Stage Manager, both in the UK and abroad, on a wide range of productions and with a diverse range of casts and communities. In this session, she discusses the role of a stage manager, with a focus on touring and coming into productions at the last minute.
Lucy Jane Atkinson is an award-winning director and dramaturg. Named as number 1 in The Stage's Top Talents to Watch in 2018, Lucy's recent credits include MEAT (Theatre503) & A Hundred Words for Snow (VAULT Festival, UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios). In this session, she discusses her path into directing, projects, process and collaborations and answers your questions!
Tom Wright is a playwright, theatre director and New Work Associate at Kiln Theatre. In this session, Tom talks about bringing his smash-hit King's Head Theatre show, Undetectable from page to stage, as well as his experiences in new work development.
Caroline Buckley, producer of Plays Rough London, discusses the process of developing a new writing night, the importance of scratch nights for the theatre industry and what they look for in a script.
We are seeing a global explosion of anger at systemic racism, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd. The King's Head Theatre has always fostered diversity and inclusion, and now, more than ever, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The King’s Head Theatre must be a home for everyone to feel welcome to tell their stories and for us collectively, to change our world for the better. To all our artists, audiences, staff and community across the world, know that we will not tolerate racism in any form. We will reflect that in everything we do. And while our doors may currently be shut, we commit anew to reflecting and protecting our exceptional and diverse society.
Clancy Flynn is a lighting designer for theatre, dance and events. In this session, Clancy shares how they approach lighting design from a non-technical perspective, focusing on: textual analysis, world-building and communicating with directors and the rest of the creative team.
Holly Mallett and Chris Mayo, Artistic Directors of Cuckoo Bang discuss their work, including their hugely popular new writing night BITS, share some advice for new companies and performers and give details on their upcoming projects and plans.
You think you're the next Ivo van Hove but your stage space is the size of a kitchen cupboard...What are the pitfalls of directing for tiny spaces and how can they be overcome? JMK Award-winning director, Josh Roche takes you through some lessons learned from successful, and not so successful, fringe experiments.
Honey is no stranger to the King's Head Theatre, having starred in our Oliver Award-nominated production of La bohème (2017/18) and most recently, Opera Undone: Tosca & La bohème at Trafalgar Studios. In this session, Honey discusses how she keeps things fresh, different and challenging when performing a role multiple times, drawing on her experience of singing Musetta 100 times, in particular.
Aran is a theatre director and actor. He recently directed a regional touring production of GUY: A New Musical and is one of our very own Junior Associates. In this session, Aran shares his experiences as an emerging artist and the path he took into the industry, gives advice to emerging directors and and outlines what he wants to address, challenge and champion in his work. Photo by Alan Howard.
Lemon House Theatre's previous work includes a double bill at the Bunker Theatre last September a new writing night they produced for mixed race artists at St. Margaret's House, where they are also Associate Artists. In this #KHTOnline session, they dicuss how they formed, the aim behind their projects and the artists they've worked with as well as their upcoming digital content and future plans. Photo by Veronika Casarova featuring from left to right: Sophia O'Donohue and Jennifer Dixon.
Farokh is a Writer and Audiodramaturg, and Lecturer in Writing for Broadcast Media and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, through which he has worked with over 100 writers. In this session, he discusses the practical and philosophical problems of teaching writing to writers.
Cheryl Ndione is the Founder and Managing Director of Youth Theatre Company, Purple Moon Drama. Due to some tech problems on the day, we were unable to get a hard copy of her talk. Cheryl has very kindly done a summary of the key points she made which is a great resource and packed full of useful advice!
In this #KHTOnline session, Deborah Edgington shares her experience of becoming a director later in life and how her passion for new writing led to the creation of the 10x10 New Writing Festival in 2008, in partnership with the Nuffield Theatre.
Artistic Programme Coordinator at The Other Palace, Kiki Stevenson shares her passion for new Musical Theatre and why the industry needs it, opportunities to get involved with The Other Palace and some tips for maintaining relationships, productivity and creativity during lockdown.
What goes into creating a standout poster image or press shots? How can you get the best out of your actors? Go behind the scenes with award-winning photographer Michael Wharley to look at how to tell the story of your show in a successful shoot, whether it's for the West End, a tour or an Edinburgh Fringe run.
One of our wonderful Junior Associates, Ben Anderson directed Jerker at the King's Head Theatre last year - the first revival of the play in the UK since 1990. He shares his experience of finding a play, and pitching an idea for production to a theatre and creatives. Photo by Nick Rutter featuring from left to right: Tom Joyner and Tibu Fortes.
Chris Clegg talks us through his experiences working as a Theatre Manager and Producer in the West End and heading up TuckShop: an entertainment company that specialises in theatre production, club promotion, merchandising and artist representation all centred around Drag.
An in-depth look at the plot of Verdi's tragic drama of forbidden love, as well as some insights into how Becca Marriott and Helena Jackson approached recreating this masterpiece for the 2018 production at the King's Head Theatre. Photo by Bill Knight featuring Becca Marriott.
Nicola Chang is a sound designer/composer for theatre, film and commercial media. In this #KHTOnline session, she covers the process of creating a sound design for theatre: how to outfit a theatre space to maximise its potential, how to use ambiences and atmospheres to set mood and tone and much more!
Named 'Best Choreographer' at the 2018 Off West End Awards, Chris Whittaker shares some career highlights, breaks down his process by showing us some examples of his amazing work and tells us what inspires him in this #KHTOnline session.
Louie Whitemore has been a Set and Costume Designer for the last 14 years and her work spans Theatre, Ballet and Opera. Find out more about her path into the field and her design process in this instalment of #KHTOnline.
In this instalment of #KHTOnline, Jen Davis shares her experiences working as a director, Co-Artisitc Director of Shoot Festival and as an Associate of Theatre Absoloute and the King's Head Theatre in London, Coventry and the Midlands.
From running a London venue to programming at the biggest arts festival in the world, Nic Connaughton shares how the Pleasance go about bringing together the almost 300 productions that make up the Edinburgh and London programmes every year!
James Callàs Ball, freelance director and Associate Director on Amélie the Musical (Watermill Theatre, UK Tour, Other Palace), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre) and Loot (Park Theatre) gives a in-depth session on the role of an Associate Director and their process: from the rehearsal room to the stage.
Production Manager at Exeter Northcott Theatre and Co-director of Exeter Fringe Festival, Elaine Faulkner discusses what a Production Manager does, how the role differs in-house and freelance and her career and experiences in the position.
Amanda answers your questions on what it's like to be a designer including working with the King's Head on numerous productions like Coming Clean in the west end, being an associate of the venue and her community design work.
Sam Cochrane Artistic Director of Gigglemug Theatre talks to us about Gigglemug's work, their hit comedy musical about Timpsons and how they took that to Edinburgh. Plus exciting information about their upcoming work.
Director and producer Andrew Keates shares his thoughts on finding projects, keeping good relationships with your creative teams, producers and venues and how he broke into the industry following his training at drama school.
Edinburgh Fringe Marketing. Rhiannon Morris is Marketing Manager for Something For The Weekend who take up a portfolio of shows to Edinburgh every year including Oliver Award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. She gives the low-down on where to spend your marketing budget for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Global Origins is a network and platform for international and multicultural artists. Founded by Aneesha Srinivasan and Emma Jude Harris, Global Origins provides a safe space and paid opportunities for multidisciplinary artists who place their identity not just within the UK.
We know the world seems pretty scary right now and we want to let you know that at home, we are in this together.
As the situation has developed in the last week we have taken the incredibly sad decision to keep the theatre shut through April, May and June.
Artistic Director of the Rose Theatre Kingston, Christopher Haydon hosts this #KHTOnline Skills Session, divulging experiences such as his time working at the Bush Theatre as an Associate Director and at the Gate Theatre as their Artistic Director.
Aristic Director of Charles Court Opera, John Savournin, hosts the first #KHTOnline Companies Takeover in which he details the formation of Charles Court Opera and recounts some of his favourite memories and roles, and answers your questions.
At times like this the world can seem frightening and we know the power of spaces like theatre to be unifying powers in the darkness.
We also make theatre with passion and a commitment to keep our community: our artists, audiences, staff and collaborators safe and well and with huge sadness we have therefore decided to close the theatre from today until 11th April due to the current health situation.
Pioneering Islington theatre awarded £800,000 by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund
The King’s Head Theatre has come one major step closer to entering a new phase in its remarkable life, thanks to an £800,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. The Islington theatre – renowned as a breeding ground for artistic innovation and adventure, and one of London’s best-loved LGBTQ+ venues – was one of 42 organisations to receive support from the fund, which aims to promote inclusive, community-based initiatives and has awarded a total of £23.7 million to projects across the capital.
In the summer of 2016, I sat amongst a crowd of gay men, most of them friends, in a theatre in Islington. House music pumped through the sound system. Onstage, five guys, semi-naked, partied before us. The audience exhaled nervous giggles and gossipy whispers as the lights shifted. The piece was 5 Guys Chillin’ by Peter Darney, and as each character spoke verbatim, recounting their relationship to drugs, sex and the powerful combination of the two. The tension was palpable.
Peter Bull is today announced as the 13th Artistic Associate of the King's Head Theatre, and will be staging several shows at the theatre in 2020, the first of which will be the Off-Broadway musical hit, Naked Boys Singing! in March 2020, with further projects to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
On Sunday 9 February 2020, the King’s Head Theatre is hosting the Big Birthday Bash for 450 guests at Porchester Hall. This exclusive, one-off event marks the historic North London venue’s 50th anniversary with an evening of fine dining, live performances from King’s Head alumni and special celebrity guests...
The Olivier Award-nominated producers of the 2017 smash-hit La bohème, announce the full cast for the Puccini double-bill, Opera Undone: Tosca & La bohème. The production will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 5 February to 7 March 2020. Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, will also direct the production, with musical direction from David Eaton. Opera Undone: Tosca & La bohème will have national press nights on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 for the two casts.
Fiona Finsbury and Honey Rouhani will share the roles of Musetta (Melissa) and Tosca, with Robert Barbaro, Philip Lee and Roger Paterson sharing the roles of Cavaradossi, Rodolfo (Rod) and Mimi (Luca) and Michael Georgiou and Hugo Herman Wilson sharing the roles of Scarpia and Marcello (Marcus).
Fiona Finsbury’s recent work has involved creating roles in contemporary operas including The Path to Heaven and The Orphans of Koombu (Buxton Opera House). Her other credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), La bohème (Hampstead Garden Opera) and L'italiana in Algeri (Mananan Opera Festival).
Honey Rouhani has previously starred in Hhumann X (St Lukes / London Fashion Week), Così fan tutte (Dulwich Opera UK tour), The Phantom of the Opera (London Musical Theatre Opera), Love and Peace Quotes (Barbican Centre), La Traviata (Orion Orchestra) and the Olivier Award nominated La bohème (King’s Head Theatre / Trafalgar Studios).
Robert Barbaro recently completed the Young Artist Programme at the National Opera Studio in London, where he performed in Peter Grimes (Scottish Opera), Così fan tutte (English National Opera Orchestra) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Welsh National Opera). His other credits include A Fantastic Bohemian (Grimeborn Festival) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Fulham Opera).
Philip Lee has most recently starred in The Yeomen of the Guard (The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company), La Traviata (Soho Theatre / Tour) The Mikado and Ruddigore (Charles Court Opera), Carousel (Barbican), Do I Hear a Waltz (Park Theatre) and La bohème (Soho and Charing Cross Theatres).
Roger Paterson’s opera credits include Carmen, Tosca (King’s Head Theatre), La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera), the Olivier Award nominated La bohème (King’s Head Theatre / Trafalgar Studios), Mozart and Salieri (Time Zone Theatre) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Kentish Opera).
Michael Georgiou’s recent credits include The Magic Flute (Athens Conservatoire), Aiolos – L’Egisto (Athens Conservatoire), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Murchison Performing Arts Centre), Our Town (Murchison Performing Arts Centre), Pimpinone (Aigina International Festival of Music), Tosca and La Traviata (King’s Head Theatre) and Die Fledermaus (Wilton’s Music Hall).
Hugo Herman Wilson this year became an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera and has recently appeared in Scoring a Century and Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera), The Battered Bride (Garsington Opera), The Lighthouse and Acis and Galatea (Royal College of Music) and The Messiah (Nevill Holt Opera).
Opera Undone is a new strand of the King's Head Theatre's celebrated opera programming, whereby famous operas are radically reimagined in a punchy 60-minute format and sung entirely in English. This revolutionary new form tears up the opera rulebook for a whole new generation. Newcomers to opera, along with diehard fans, will be able to experience in one evening two enthralling tales of love, heartbreak and deception as they've never been told before.
La bohème is a thoroughly modern look at relationships, addiction and co-dependency in London’s hip and happening Peckham. On-off couple Marcello (Marcus) and Musetta (Melissa) navigate the emotional complexities of a polyamorous relationship, whilst flatmate Rodolfo’s (Rod) gratification on Grindr is disrupted when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Mimi (Luca).
Tosca is an electrifying tale of love, lies and abuse in present-day Hollywood. Amidst the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town, an all-powerful producer preys on an actress, seeking to manipulate and distort her relationship with an up-and-coming screenwriter for his own nefarious and troubling purposes.
Opera Undone: Tosca & La bohème will be directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, with musical direction from David Eaton, design by Amanda Mascarenhas and lighting by Nic Farman.
This production is produced by King’s Head Theatre, Making Productions, RGM Productions and Suzanne Jones in association with DeVere Productions.
The King’s Head Theatre is on the move - the well-worn, much-loved 110-seat auditorium can no longer contain the artistic ambition of the Theatre. To realise a creatively and financially sustainable future, the company is set to move to a brand new theatre space within Islington Square, neighbouring its current location.
The King’s Head Theatre has been accredited by the Mayor of London's Office for outstanding dedication to the health and wellbeing of its staff.
The King's Head Theatre was one of eleven small London Theatres to receive funding from the Theatres Trust London Small Theatres Grants Scheme for projects that improve operation, access and environment for all theatre users.
Assistant director for Southern Belles Aran talks to us about his experience in the rehearsal room.
This is your first show as a Trainee Resident Director at the King's Head Theatre, how has it been?
It's incredibly exciting that my first production as Trainee Resident Director has been to work on two ground breaking one-act plays by Tennessee Williams.
I have been on the Trainee Resident Director Scheme for several months now and have already encountered so many great opportunities. Having graduated from Rose Bruford College last year, I wanted to join the King's Head Theatre in order to further my skills as a director.
The Adrian Pagan Award, which was set up in 2014 to provide a platform for exceptional new writing, will this year be awarded to Charles Entsie's NSA, a groundbreaking exploration of family,
survival and same-sex relationships, set in London's Peckham.
For good or for ill, Brexit will define politics in this country for a generation. Writers of Spitting Image, Yes Minister and The Thick of It could not have imagined a situation where the flagship policy of the ruling party of the day proves so divisive that no one in Parliament can actually agree on what it is.
How long have you been working at the King's Head Theatre? I have been working at the King's Head Theatre for just under 4 months now. What does an Executive Assistant do on a day to day basis? I help Adam and Fiona manage their workload, update the print in the windows...
Thirty-one years ago, when I was 19, Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company toured Philip
Osment’s This Island’s Mine to my home town of Portsmouth. It was one of those life
changing, career-defining moments. I instantly fell in love with the play and the writer
Our wonderful Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher gives us an insight into running the King's Head Theatre!
How long have you been working at the King's Head Theatre?
I’ve been here as the Artistic Director since 2010. When I first started, I was Artistic Director of
The King’s Head Theatre today announces the full line-up for its 2019 Queer Season. Established in 2015, the Queer Season is a celebration of the most interesting and innovative LGBTQI+ theatre being created in the UK, and features revivals and transfers alongside world premieres of brand new work.