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.
Southern Belles, a double-bill of rare one-act Tennessee Williams plays exploring queer lives is to headline the first half of the season. It features And Tell Sad Stories Of The Deaths Of Queens, never performed in Williams’ lifetime due to its openly gay characters and Something Unspoken, which depicts a unacknowledged lesbian relationship and will be directed by Jamie Armitage, Co-Director of the critically-acclaimed West End musical, SiX.
World’s End, staring Tom Milligan and Mirlind Began, and directed by Harry Mackrill, Associate Director to Marianne Elliot on the National Theatre’s revival of Angels in America, will follow in September. Set in 1998, this World Premiere by James Corley explores war, single parenthood and sexuality in the late nineties. Other highlights include V.E. by Felix O’Brien, a lesbian love story set at the height of the London Blitz in World War II; Mark Starling’s Target Man, which tackles homophobia in Premier League football and Fine and Dandy, a music hall farce based on the life of non-binary Jewish immigrant Ernest Faigele Fine and first performed at the King’s Head Theatre in 1999.
The King’s Head Theatre’s Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, says ‘Queer work is a vital aspect of our programme; we’re committed to being a space where queer lives are explored, and queer artists have a voice. With a range of pieces covering same-sex female relationships, bisexuality and gender-fluidity we’ve worked worked hard to make this our most inclusive season yet, headlined by two queer plays from one of the world’s most influential dramatists, Tennessee Williams.’