A Statement from the King's Head Theatre April 2020


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.

Our productions of An Indian AbroadBathhouse The MusicalFor Queen and Country, Illusions of LibertyIolantheJew…ishNaked Boys SingingNo Strings AttachedQueer Lady M, and That’s Entertainment with Thelma Ruby at 95, have therefore been cancelled. Our production of Aida, scheduled for 6 May-6 June will be postponed until October. We will confirm the new dates of the run in the next fortnight. All other shows that are currently programmed until September will be postponed and we look forward to sharing news of their new dates with you soon.

In times like this, being unsubsidised can hurt a venue like us more than ever: you’ll have no doubt heard our bucket speech - we rely on 80% ticket sales to keep the venue open. That said we have contingency plans for times like this and we are grateful more than ever to our donors of every size that make up that additional section of income.

As a small venue, a covers-every-possibility insurance policy would never be affordable and as such we don’t have the option of a payout for this decision but our first and foremost priority is the health and wellbeing of the community.

We may not be able to be in person.

But we can be online.

Our "distanced, not disconnected” online weekday live videos have been proving really popular and we are excited to announce the next couple of weeks of programming for this free lunchtime series.

You can find these on our Facebook and Instagram every day at 1pm.

If you were due to be coming to see a show in the coming months we would like to give you three options:

First if you would like a refund you are of course entitled to one and we will refund you in full: all fees. Everything.

Second if you would be up for taking a credit note instead and committing coming to the King’s Head Theatre once we are open that would make a huge difference to our cashflow right now.

Third if you can spare the cost of your ticket, or even part of the cost of your ticket and would be up for donating that back to us it would help keep us alive. We can’t tell you the difference the donors in our community: from those who give £1 all the way up to those who give thousands make.

For now: we wish you wellness and online connection.

With love from your King’s Head Theatre family.

For more information on what to do if you have booked a ticket for an upcoming performance, visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/your-visit/venue-closure

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