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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.