#Festival47 announced!

May 25, 2017

The King’s Head Theatre announced Festival 47; a curated two-week festival of new work from emerging companies committed to paying actors.


20 brand new shows from some of the UK’s most exciting emerging production companies are set to hit the stage at the King’s Head Theatre this July. Festival 47 is a two-week, curated season featuring drama, comedy, musical theatre and storytelling. Featuring world premieres alongside transfers from the UK’s biggest arts festivals, Festival 47 will build upon the success of 2015 and 2016’s festivals of new work at the North London venue.


Highlights from this year's festival include Britney In: John, a funny, nostalgic and irreverent road trip comedy from the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, Britney. Moreover, Deadly Dialogues, a verse drama based on research by the centre-left think tank, Quilliam, will explore the layered processes of radicalisation and extremism in the twenty-first century. The festival will also include the return of Thelma Ruby for a reading of Momma Golda, which was co-adapted from William Gibson’s play, Golda, and performed all over the world during the 1980’s. The funds raised from this one-off event will be donated to the King’s Head Theatre, as will Ms. Ruby’s fee.


Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, says ‘Festival 47 is a vital part of our programme, which reflects and embodies our commitment to championing new writing. We believe passionately in the importance of providing a platform for emerging artists to develop their craft and perform within a professional context. I can’t wait for audiences to see the sheer range of brilliant shows we’ve selected this year.’


The King’s Head Theatre was established in 1970. The most ethically and socially responsible fringe theatre in the UK, we are known for our challenging work and support of young artists. Last year 87,031 audience members saw a show of ours: 43,857 at our 110 seater home on Upper Street and 43,174 on tour. At our home in Islington we had 861 performances last year of 84 different shows. We are committed to fighting prejudism through the work we stage, the artists and staff we work with and by producing work for minority audience groups. We believe in fair pay for all on the fringe and create accessible routes for early career artists to stage their work; work we are passionate about.


You can find out more about all of the shows on our #Festival47 page


Bad Men
My Mate Dave
Monday 17th July (6.30pm)
Tuesday 18th July (6.30pm)
Wednesday 19th July (6.30pm)
Saturday 22nd July (5.00pm)

Bicycles and Fish
Katie Arnstein
Thursday 13th July (6.30pm)
Friday 14th July (6.30pm)

Body and Blood
Unclouded Moon Theatre
Monday 10th July (6.30pm)
Tuesday 11th July (6.30pm)
Wednesday 12th July (6.30pm)

Clamour Theatre
Tuesday 11th July (9.30pm)
Wednesday 12th July (9.30pm)
Sunday 16th July (9.30pm)

Britney In: John
Ellen Robertson and Alex Cartlidge  

Wednesday 12th July (8.00pm)
Saturday 15th July (8.00pm)
Sunday 16th July (8.00pm)

Bury the Hatchet
Over The Limit Theatre
Thursday 13th July (9.30pm)
Friday 14th July (9.30pm)

By All Accounts Two Normal Girls
Stiff & Kitsch Theatre Company
Saturday 15th July (2.00pm)
Sunday 16th July (2.00pm)

Deadly Dialogues
Angry Bairds
Thursday 20th July (6.30pm)
Friday 21st July (6.30pm)

Face the Camera and Smile
Dan Horrigan
Tuesday 18th July (8.00pm)
Friday 21st July (9.30pm)
Saturday 22nd July (9.30pm)

Blackout Creative Arts
Saturday 15th July (3.30pm)
Sunday 16th July (3.30pm)
Saturday 22nd July (3.30pm)

God's Waiting Room
Motormouse Productions
Saturday 22nd July (6.30pm)

Lead Suspect
Off the Middle
Monday 17th July (9.30pm)
Tuesday 18th July (9.30pm)
Wednesday 19th July (9.30pm)
Thursday 20th July (9.30pm)

The Ant Cule Company
Saturday 15th July (6.30pm)
Sunday 16th July (6.30pm)

Momma Golda
Peter Frye Productions
Saturday 22nd July (1.30pm)

The Man on the Moor
Max Dickins

Wednesday 19th July (8.00pm)
Thursday 20th July (8.00pm)
Saturday 22nd July (1.30pm)

The Morrell High Ground
Poke in the Eye Productions
Friday 14th July (8.00pm)
Friday 21st July (8.00pm)

The Shy Manifesto
Michael Ross
Monday 10th July (9.30pm)
Monday 17th July (8.00pm)

Wet Bread
Sheer Drop Theatre
Monday 10th July (8.00pm)
Tuesday 11th July (8.00pm)
Thursday 13th July (8.00pm)


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