2020 Season Press Release

October 29, 2019

 

 

Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, today announces the King’s Head Theatre’s Spring 2020 Season

 

The King’s Head Theatre’s 50th anniversary year begins with four exciting, provocative productions that reflect the breadth of the historic London venue’s programme. Encompassing a world premiere, a brand new English version of a celebrated opera, a popular revival and an inventive take on a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, each piece in the season explores love and intimacy across boundaries - whether societal, physical or emotional. 

 

The season consists of:

 

A revival of Tom Wright’s 2019 play Undetectable by popular demand following a critically-acclaimed run in March 2019. This tender, funny and uplifting love story explores the intricate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us. Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair.

 

Charles Court Opera’s audacious new take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s razor sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy, Iolanthe. Can a half-fairy, half-human Strephon get his plan to marry the lovely Phyllis passed by an incompetent Houses of Parliament? Directed by John Savournin. 

 

The world premiere of No Strings Attached by ‘magnificent new talent’ Charles Enstie. Recently announced as the 2019 winner of the Adrian Pagan Award for new writing, this electrifying two-hander explores same-sex relationships and family ties in working class London. Directed by Aileen Gonsalves. 

 

A brand new English version of Verdi’s monumental epic, Aida. Transposed to a present day world of border controls and mass migration, this thrilling production pits Aida’s desperate flight from her homeland to the UK against her doomed romance with Ramades. Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

 

Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, says:

‘We’re kicking off what may well turn out to be the most momentous year in the King’s Head Theatre’s history with four fantastic productions that embrace everything we stand for - championing bold new voices such as Charles Entsie, staging high quality and accessible opera or celebrating LGBTQI+ stories and artists. I am incredibly proud of this season, which explores many different forms of love across many different kinds of boundaries, and cannot wait to share these wonderful shows with our audiences next Spring.’ 

 

Tickets for the Spring 2020 season go on sale to Friends and Supporters of the King’s Head Theatre at 1.00pm today. Public booking opens on Friday 1 November at 10.00am. There will be £10 Under 30 tickets available every Tuesday and £5 unwaged tickets every matinee. 

 

Further information:

 

King’s Head Theatre presents

 

Undetectable

By Tom Wright

Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair

 

Wednesday 12 February - Saturday 7 March 2020

Press Night: Friday 14 February 2020 @ 8.45pm

 

Tom Wright’s tender, funny and uplifting love story is back by popular demand to open the King’s Head Theatre’s Spring 2020 season following an acclaimed, smash hit run. 

 

Hunky dream boy Lex and bright spark Bradley are falling for each other. Big time. After three months, Lex has decided that tonight’s the night but Bradley’s not so sure he wants to go all the way…

 

With wisdom, wit and honesty, this ‘smart and topical’ (Gay Times) play explores the intricate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us.

 

★★★★★ ‘Spine-tinglingly good theatre’ Boyz Magazine

★★★★★ ‘Terrific direction from Rikki Beadle-Blair’ Queer Guru

★★★★ ‘The acting is absolutely first rate’ Gay Times

★★★★ ‘Gracefully handled’ A Younger Theatre

 

 

King’s Head Theatre presents Charles Court Opera’s

 

Iolanthe

By Gilbert & Sullivan

Directed by John Savournin

 

Thursday 12 March - Saturday 11 April 2020

Press Night: Tuesday 17 March 2020 @ 7.00pm

 

Marking 5 years of Charles Court Opera at the King’s Head Theatre, John Savournin directs a uniquely colourful new take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s gloriously sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy.

 

Half-fairy, half-human Strephon yearns to commit the ultimate crime. The very same crime his fairy mother, Iolanthe, was banished for 25 years ago. The crime of marrying a mortal. 

 

Can he win the heart of the lovely Phyllis and get his plan passed by the Lord Chancellor and an incompetent and indecisive Houses of Parliament? 

 

Set to some of the world’s most enduringly popular music, this dazzling, uproarious and witty operetta promises to be  an unmissable evening of first class entertainment.  

 

King’s Head Theatre presents

 

No Strings Attached

By Charles Entsie

Directed by Aileen Gonsalves

 

Thursday 14 April - Saturday 2 May 2020

Press Night: Friday 17 April 2020 @ 8.30pm

 

‘Don’t worry man, I’m good at keeping secrets’

 

Aileen Gonsalves directs the world premiere of ‘magnificent new talent’ Charles Entsie’s debut play - winner of the Adrian Pagan Award for New Writing 2019. 

 

This electrifying two-hander takes place within the charged confines of a car at midnight in Peckham, where a clandestine encounter between two men leads to far more than either had bargained for… 

 

Intense, powerful and startlingly original, No Strings Attached exposes the reality of living your life in the closet in working class London, and the lengths men go to keep their secrets hidden. 

 

 

King’s Head Theatre presents

 

Aida

By Giuseppe Verdi

in a new English version by David Eaton & Adam Spreadbury-Maher

Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher

 

Wednesday 6 May - Saturday 6 June 2020

Press Night: Tuesday 12 June 2020 @ 7.00pm

 

The undisputed masters of intimate and accessible opera present Verdi’s monumental epic of love, betrayal and war in a rousing new English version.

 

Set in a present day world of border controls and mass migration, Aida makes a desperate journey from her homeland to find refuge in the UK, but her love for Radames throws her chances of survival into jeopardy. 

 

Featuring soaring arias and delicate melodies from one of history’s greatest composers, this thrilling new production skillfully juxtaposes the conflict of nations with the conflicts of the heart. 
 

ENDS

Listings

 

Undetectable

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN

Wednesday 12 February - Saturday 7 March 2020

Press Night: Friday 14 February 2020 @ 8.45pm 

Performances: Tuesday - Saturday @ 8.45pm | Sundays (& Saturday 7 March) @ 4.45pm

Tickets: Previews 12 February £10 & 13 February £15 | 14 February - 7 March £18.00 - £25.00 | Tuesdays £10 Under 30’s | Matinees £5 Unwaged

Box Office: www.kingsheadtheatre.com | 0207 226 8561 (10.30am - 6.00pm weekdays)

 

Iolanthe

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN

Thursday 12 March - Saturday 11 April 2020

Press Night: Tuesday 17 March @ 7.00pm 

Performances: Tuesday - Saturday @ 7.00pm | Sundays (& Saturdays 4 / 11 April) @ 3.00pm

Tickets: Previews 12 March £10 & 14 March £15 | Sunday - Thursday (& Matinees) £22.50 - £28.50 | Friday & Saturday £27.50 - £35.00 | Tuesdays £10 Under 30’s | Matinees £5 Unwaged

Box Office: www.kingsheadtheatre.com | 0207 226 8561 (10.30am - 6.00pm weekdays)

 

No Strings Attached

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN

Thursday 14 April - Saturday 2 May 2020

Press Night: Friday 17 April @ 8.30pm 

Performances: Tuesday - Saturday @ 8.30pm | Sundays (& Saturdays 2 May) @ 4.30pmpm

Tickets: Previews 14 April £10 & 15 April £15 | 16 April - 2 May £18 - £25 | Tuesdays £10 Under 30’s | Matinees £5 Unwaged

Box Office: www.kingsheadtheatre.com | 0207 226 8561 (10.30am - 6.00pm weekdays)

 

Aida

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN

Wednesday 6 May - Saturday 6 June 2020

Press Night: Tuesday 12 June 2020 @ 7.00pm 

Performances: Tuesday - Saturday @ 7.00pm | Saturdays & Sundays @ 3.30pm

Tickets: Previews 6 May £10 & 7-8 May £15 | Sunday - Thursday (& Matinees) £22.50 - £28.50 | Friday & Saturday £27.50 - £35.00 | Tuesdays £10 Under 30’s | Matinees £5 Unwaged

Box Office: www.kingsheadtheatre.com | 0207 226 8561 (10.30am - 6.00pm weekdays)

 

For all enquiries, high-res images and further information, please contact:

Chris Hislop / 07711 033205 / chris.hislop@gmail.com / www.chrishislop.com

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