DECEMBER 2018 - JULY 2019
TOP PICK OF FESTIVE SHOWS:
Previews: 23, 24, 25 November
Young Children's Matinees: 1, 2, 8, 9 December. 2 January.
Adults Only 7pm Shows: 29, 30 November. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 December. 2, 3, 4, 5 January.
Charles Court Opera and John Savournin return to the King's Head Theatre for their twelfth dazzling, delightful and downright hilarious boutique panto.From adult-only performances through to children's matinees, our biggest and pest pantomime yet is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends and office parties.Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more details on the title, cast and just what CCO have in store for us in what's set to be their biggest and best pantomime yet!
11 December - 5 January
What would you do if you found a handsome young man almost naked under your Christmas tree? This is the dilemma that faces aspiring comedian Lawrence Bennett when he wakes up on Christmas morning, after a bad gig and with a king-size hangover, and wonders if Santa Claus has finally delivered. The beautiful youth doesn’t know how he got there or what his name is or where he came from. The doctor who lives downstairs thinks he might have had a bang on the head. The local copper suspects he may be a wanted criminal. As for Santa Claus, he’s on another planet. Join Lawrence and his Christmas visitations in this bizarre and surreal comedy, written by Taggart creator Glenn Chandler, reminding us that a boy is for life, not just for Christmas!
16+ age guidance
16 & 17 December
Margate, 1988. Clause 28 has just been introduced, making ‘the promotion of homosexuality’ illegal in schools. But what does that really mean for 16 year old Claire, who’s just had an unexpected kiss? Or for her teacher Ann, who’s determined to lead a ‘normal’ life with her girlfriend? With their stories interwoven, Claire and Ann are both trying to find their place in a society that’s enforcing their silence. 30 years on from Clause 28, Dandelion explores the fall-out from this damaging legislation. Written by Jennifer Cerys and directed by Adriana Sanford, Dandelion is the latest production from all-female theatre company, Paperclip Theatre.
9 January - 2 February
1939, Scotland. Two young ornithologists arrive on a remote island. They’ve been tasked by the Ministry to conduct a study of the bird population. With only the island’s authoritarian leaseholder and his niece for company, they find themselves drawn to the wildness of the island, igniting growing tensions and repressed passions. Blurring the line between fantasy and reality, Greig’s poetic, funny, and politically charged play explores a society on the edge of immense change.
Following the success of their five-time Offie nominated production of Steven Berkoff’s EAST, award-winning company Atticist returns to the King’s Head Theatre with the first London revival of David Greig’s Outlying Islands since its sold-out run at the Royal Court almost twenty years ago.
Recommended for 16+ (contains dark themes and nudity)
Haze is used in this production.
7 February - 9 March 2019
Opera returns to the King’s Head Theatre with this vivid, inventive and devastatingly powerful new take on Georges Bizet’s masterpiece.Carmen cleans floors for minimum wage on the frontline of Britain’s crumbling NHS. One of the nurses, Jose, falls madly in love with her after a brief fling.As his infatuation morphs into something uglier, and far more dangerous, Carmen realises she might have made a terrible mistake. One which could cost her everything.Blending stark emotional realism with some of the world’s most beloved music, this brand new English version examines what happens when love turns toxic in a broken Britain.
18 February - 19 March
Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes. Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers? Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet, two young inventors bursting with ambition, strive to break free from the confines of their parents and follow their dreams all the way to the 50th annual ‘Invention Convention’! Sponsored by Timpson Ltd. themselves, Gigglemug Theatre’s debut musical explaining the origins of the high street cobbler’s “Timpson” is guaranteed hilarity for any “quality service person”.
Book and Lyrics by Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker
Music by Theo Caplan and Tom Slade
WINNERS The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018
Best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 The Guardian
Highly Recommended Show ‘Gigglemug’s first musical is an absolute hoot from start to finish’ Fringe Review
'brilliantly funny and unique musical filled with blistering wit and toe-tapping numbers' Theatre Weekly
'Zany musical comedy' The Stage
'It’s a slapdash style of unrelenting absurdity' Broadway Baby
'A spectacular, unique piece of new writing, Timpson is unlike anything you will have ever seen before' Young Perspectives
'Sharp, catchy and well-executed' The 730 Review
10 April - 11 May
Charles Court Opera return with a slick, stylish and downright entertaining new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s sensational HMS Pinafore. Directed by John Savournin, this witty and inventive update of the much loved comic operetta will have you rolling in the aisles from start to finish.
11 June - 6 July
The critically-acclaimed sellout Edinburgh Fringe hit. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.
“A masterclass in musical theatre” Edinburgh Guide
Fat Rascal Theatre are very quickly establishing themselves as a champion of British Comedy Musicals” DIVA Magazine
“Sassy, outrageously silly, and full of heart” Young Perspective
North East Theatre Guide
Fairy Powered Productions
The Derek Awards