We are thrilled to announce that the King’s Head has finalised a new fair pay agreement with Equity for creatives, making us the first fringe theatre to do so. Building upon the commitment we made back in 2015 to paying actors a flat rate of £275 a week, the same rate will now be extended to directors, designers and all offstage workers.
Speaking to The Stage about the announcement, our Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher said: “This isn’t a policy, it is a culture change. It is possible to have a sustainable fringe theatre. We still get no money from the bar, we still have 110 seats, but we looked at our business model and said, 'How can we run our business so we can pay actors and creatives?' We’ve always tried to do something like this but we have never formalised it before. We are coming out and saying, 'We commit to this.'”
Alongside this agreement, we are proud to introduce a bold new gender policy, which pledges that half of creatives hired will be those who identify as non-male. We have also drawn up plans to ensure greater diversity within our staff, aiming to fill 10% of its artist and creative roles with people from non-white British backgrounds, an equal proportion with people with disabilities, and 65% of its roles with young people aged under 35 by 2021.