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JUNE 2018


KING’S HEAD THEATRE 2018 QUEER SEASON is announced running 25 July - 1 September


Established in 2015, the Queer Season is a celebration of LGBTQI+ theatre being created in modern Britain, with transfers to and from some of the UK’s largest arts festivals alongside world premieres. The KHT’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. I’m delighted to host this season of fantastic theatre, which places work by celebrated playwrights and directors such as Mart Crowley, TennesseeWilliams and Rikki Beadle-Blair alongside exciting, emerging writers and to celebrate the range of contexts, experiences and stories that the queer world has to offer.’  The full line up is on our King’s Head What’s On page here 


FINBOROUGH THEATRE mounts world premiere of play written in 1929


Finborough’s THEGREATWAR100 series commemorating the centenary of the First World War continues with their world premiere of Robert Graves’ BUT IT STILL GOES ON.  The play has never been seen.   Written in 1929 as a commission from the producers of Journey’s End and influenced by the drawing room comedies of Noël Coward and W. Somerset Maugham, it explores themes of adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, gender politics, casual sex, and inter-generational conflict, but with a surreal dark twist. It now finally receives its world premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre 10 July – 4 August 2018.  Read our interview with cast member Claire Redcliffe here


Finborough Theatre are in the midst of a year-long celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the pub building.  They have a commitment to showing re-discovered plays alongside new writing.  


THE OTHER ROOM, CARDIFF wins International ICWP Award for gender equality


TOR pub theatre (Cardiff) has been recognised by ICWP and join with Lyceum Theatre (Edinburgh) in being the only 2 UK Theatre’s to win a 50/50 Applause gender equality award for playwrights 2017-2018.  For the last three years 2015-2017 the award has been won by Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham.  ICWP is The International Centre for Women Playwrights: a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women playwrights globally.


KING’S HEAD THEATRE PLAYMILL Festival 2018 opens July


King's Head PLAYMILL runs 2 -21 July.  It is  a curated three-week festival of new work from emerging companies committed to paying actors.  This year the festival has 35 shows from UK emerging companies featuring drama, comedy, storytelling and musical theatre.  It includes world premieres alongside transfers from the UK’s biggest arts festivals.   It is also a showcase for recent graduates of the King’s Head Theatre Resident Director’s scheme: Siobhan James-Elliott directs Mermaids, and Catherine Expósito writes and directs Immaculate Correction.  

PLAYMILL is top pick in London Pub Theatres Magazine and we are featuring several companies who are taking part in the festival; full details on our front page.


APRIL 2018




Artistic Director

Katy Danbury has been appointed Artistic Director of Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington.   Danbury was formerly Theatre Manager at ORLT for six months and is also producer of London Horror Festival.  She follows Clive Judd, who was in the post for ten months.  


Senior Dramaturg

David Loumgair joins the Old Red Lion team as Senior Dramaturg to lead the Literary Department.  The Literary Department was restructured when Katy Danbury took over the prestigious North London theatre.  Her appointment of Loumgair as Senior Dramaturg is part of Danbury’s aim to find a new artistic and managerial model to respond to the growing challenges currently facing Fringe theatres across the UK.  Increased cuts to public funding and rising business rates in recent years have taken their toll on smaller venues.  Old Red Lion has been crucial in supporting the careers of many of the UK’s most esteemed artists. Kathy Burke, Stephen Daldry, Penelope Skinner and Nina Raine are amongst those who had their early work staged at the venue, and most recently the Olivier award-winning comedy The Play That Goes Wrong from Mischief Theatre.


Loumgair’s appointment seeks to support Danbury in developing more challenging work, and also to find ways that smaller Fringe theatres can survive in a quickly changing cultural landscape. Executive Director, Damien Devine, says: “There has never been a more challenging environment than now in which to run a Fringe venue, and this appointment represents a clear statement that the Old Red Lion continues its commitment to presenting original and ambitious new theatre.” Danbury adds: “I am very excited to begin work on the new Literary Department with David. He is a brilliant Dramaturg with extensive knowledge of the current theatrical climate. We have already had many interesting discussions about how we can contribute towards creating a sustainable theatre ecology, and I cannot wait to see what he delivers through the Old Red Lion.”




Unrestriced View, the production company at Hen and Chickens Theatre now has a mobile vintage cinema (at The Alwyne Castle).  In addition to the bus, they have a new venue for film, Screen on the Green (in Islington), which is one of the oldest running cinemas in the UK . The venues will host their annual film festival which opens 23 - 29 April  Since taking over the theatre space at Hen and Chickens in 1999, the Unrestricted View team have been giving theatre companies, writers, actors and comedians a chance to showcase their talents.  In 2016 they were able to add film making to that list. They aim to feature the very best in independent film making.  Programmes and tickets for their upcoming festival are on their website




Theatre transfer from Bread and Roses/Lion & Unicorn 


Traitors, Cads and Cowards by Martin McNamara transfers to HM Prison Wandsworth for two performances.   The play opened in July 2016 at Bread and Roses Theatre followed by a run at The Lion and Unicorn in October 2016.   McNamara researched his play where it is set, in Wandsworth prison.  As a result the prison authorities have invited him to bring it to the Prison Chapel to be performed for inmates and for one public performance.   This historically accurate play about WW1, features Liam, an Irish Volunteer from the Rising, bunked in with British army deserter Alfred, veteran of the trenches of Verdun, and conscientious objector Henry.   It asks the question - "Can three very different men, all 'traitors to the King', find common cause with each other?"  The public performance will be Monday 14 May, 2.30pm at HM Prison Wandsworth, 17 Heathfield Rd, SW18 3HS and is part of Wandsworth Fringe Festival (Bookings)




POSTED ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY (below), THIS CAUGHT OUT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD ALL HAVE LOVED IT TO BE TRUE.  Sadly, there are no pub theatres in Paris.  All other posts in theatre news are true!

We are pleased to announce that London Pub Theatres Magazine is expanding.  We are now covering the three pub theatres in Paris.  The pub theatres, Oignon et Grenouille, La Renard, and Tête Découpée du Roi have an eclectic programme of plays ranging from French classics to experimental theatre and performance reflecting the recent return to aesthetics and politics contesting reality as it is currently configured in France today.   Monsieur Croque, Artistic Director of La Renard says that he is ‘over la lune to be interviewed by London Pub Theatres Magazine’.  The interview will be published in next month’s edition.

Posted: 1 April 2018



MARCH 2018




Velenzia Spearpoint has been appointed as Artistic Director from April 2018.  She will take over from Tessa Hart, who is moving on to work for the Astrid-Lindgren-Bühne in Berlin whilst also staying involved as a Co-Executive Director of The Bread & Roses Theatre.  Spearpoint is director, producer, and actor with over ten years experience both on and off stage.  She is also co-founder of all-female theatre company Get Over It Productions.  She has been Associate Producer of the The Bread & Roses Theatre since 2016 and will now take on the responsibility of programming the theatre’s main seasons from December 2018.  Spearpoint says “I look forward to welcoming more innovative theatre companies to The Bread & Roses and continuing to champion diversity, equality and progressive art at this incredible space I can now call home.”  She will be working alongside current Managing Director Rebecca Pryle.



La bohème has been Olivier Award nominated for best new opera, the UK's most prestigous stage honours.  Following its debut at King's Head Theatre (2016) La bohème transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West End (Dec 2017-January 2018).  The production director is Adam Spreadbury-Maher, the producer is Louisa Davis, the librettist and soprano is Becca  Marriott, and the musical director is Panaretos Kyriatzidis.   The Olivier Awards 2018 (with Mastercard) ceremony, will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April.




The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award is a competition for full length theatre plays that have not previously been produced or published and feature at least half of female, non-binary or gender neutral roles. Up to three winning plays will receive a professional production at The Bread & Roses Theatre & 10% of box office income (in 2019/2020) plus publication by The Bread & Roses Theatre & royalty from all sales.  The top ten shortlisted plays that do not go on to win will receive written feedback and script analysis.  Further information can be found on our Writer's Page and on Bread & Roses website.






The winning plays receives, £6,000 prize and a guaranteed production at Theatre 503.The award is made possible by the long term support of Carne Trust.   Nick Hern Books are returning as Publishing Partners and Award Ceremony Sponsors for the third time.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March and the winner is announced in November 2018.   Further information can be found on our Writer's Page and on Theatre 503 website




Radius provides high-quality drama scripts to churches and community groups. In addition to a collection of original takes on the Christmas and Easter stories, They specialize in plays that ask searching questions about how life should be lived, and prefer to avoid offering easy answers. The winning script is guaranteed a reading in the prestigious Vibrant Festival of new writing 2018 (at Finborough Theatre). There will be a prize of £500. Entry is free.

The deadline is 1 May and the winner will be announced 23 July 2018.

Further information about Radius's playwriting competition can be found on our Writer's Page and here  




ATTICIST IS ANNOUNCED AS NEW ASSOCIATE COMPANY after a mega succesful run of Berkoff's East in January, in which the company sold out its entire run, had muliple 5 star reviews and received several award nominations. Bridie Bischoff, one of the two producers at Atticist, says: “It has been a pleasure working with the King’s Head Theatre team on EAST and this is an exciting opportunity for us to continue our relationship....The King’s Head Theatre strives to provide a supportive, open atmosphere in which theatre practitioners can thrive; this is something with which we are proud to be associated, both artistically and in its commitment to fair pay and diversity.”

King's Head Theatre Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher says: “We met with Atticist after hearing about their fantastic run of Life According to Saki at the Edinburgh fringe and in New York. Atticist are an incredibly exciting emerging company who share a lot of the same values as our team at the King's Head Theatre. They work incredibly hard to deliver such a high standard of work, and I can't wait to see what's next.”

Atticist join Charles Court Opera as the second Associate Company for the King's Head Theatre.




Formerly the LANDOR THEATRE, the space re-opens after renovations. Housed in the Landor Pub it sits right next door to Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in the heart of Clapham providing a black box theatre, a studio and an upstairs bar. The new management opens with a full season of shows.  




Theatre N16 has a new home, in a north London warehouse from March 2018.  They are delighted to announce a partnership between themselves and the Tottenham Hale based performance space and bar Styx. Already known for its live events, Theatre N16 will take over all the production and programming of theatre shows.  Producer and founder of Theatre N16, Jamie Eastlake is already looking to THE future.  He tweets:

“if you have a show, are a company, got rejected from other avenues, want that next step, don't wanna get ripped off by getting charged silly money for nowt, I wanna hear from you. Email"




A gala and farewell to the Balham venue will take place in the Bedford pub on Sunday 18 February 2018 – doors open at 5pm with all invited. RSVP here







The awards have been announced for Unrestricted View first LGBT Film Festival, RAINBOW UMBRELLA, which took place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE on 12th - 14th January 2018.

Best Film-Dust

Best actress-Elliott Sailors-Dusk

Best Actor-Josh Kieser-Papercut

Best cinematography-Papercut

Best foreign film-Naughty Amelia Jane

Best Director-Judith Westerman-Celebrate Eileen

Best screenplay-Celebrate Eileen





Applications are invited to take part in this new theatre festival 2 - 7th April 2018.

Pentire Street Productions are returning to the Barons Court Theatre this April to host a festival that celebrates all theatre disciplines, from plays to comedy, puppetry to spoken word and cabaret to opera; a different discipline will be performed each night.  Pentire Street have worked with a wide range of creatives, producing both subsidised and commercial work at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London.  

All information can be found here: 

Deadline: 23:59, Friday 27th January 2018




Following the success of UNRESTRICTED VIEW FILM FESTIVAL and UNRESTRICTED VIEW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL, Unrestricted View are delighted to announce their first LGBT Film Festival, RAINBOW UMBRELLA, which will take place at THE HEN & CHICKENS THEATRE on 12th - 14th January 2018. Programme and tickets here




West End transfer

Strangers In Between opens in the West End Trafalgar Studios 10 Jan 2018.  It takes an unflinching look at the highs and lows of growing up gay in modern Australia, bursting with laugh-out-loud one liners, simmering sexual tension and heartfelt confessions. Tickets





BLACK BOX FESTIVAL 10th - 20th January 2018

For the 4th consecutive year, ETCETERA Theatre curate BLACK BOX FESTIVAL.  With Comedy, Puppetry, Music, Work In Progress, Horror and more lined up.  The shows have been chosen to work as pairs on the same night to offer quality related Double Bills.

The full listing is on our What's On page, concise and easy to use.