FEBRUARY - JULY 2019
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.
6 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.
7 - 16 February
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Willis & Vere present their hilarious new comedy farce about pretentiousness and the tragedies of war. As always, hecklers will be forcibly removed. The follow up to the five-star, award-winning smash hit The Starship Osiris. -
“Sixty minutes of sheer, unadulterated joy" (LondonTheatre1)
“Prepare yourself for complete exhilaration" (The Wee Review)
"A high-octane blast of brash drama and manic comedy" (Chortle)
"A smartly plotted new show from some seriously exciting young farceurs" (The Stage)
10, 17, 24 February, 3 March
A celebration of the friendship between the First World War poet and composer, Ivor Gurney, and musician and first woman music critic, Marion Scott, written and performed by Jan Carey. It was to Scott that Gurney sent his music and poetry from the trenches. His writing was coloured by the horror of the Great War and his deep love for his native Gloucestershire. Yet after being gassed at Passchendaele, Gurney’s slow deterioration into madness showed that, despite their very different backgrounds, Scott and Gurney forged an enduring friendship that withstood both war, illness and despair, as well as triumph and joy. Directed by Michael McCaffery, the story is brought to life through the rich material of Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott’s memories, poems and letters, interweaved with some of Gurney’s most loved songs from the recordings of Ian Partridge, tenor and Jennifer Partridge, piano.
18 February - 9 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
by Daniel Clarkson
Directed by Owen Lewis
24 February, 12 March - 6 April
Having been cruelly overlooked for her dream role as Queen Elizabeth in blockbuster series The Crown, budding starlet Beth brings her own take on the epic story of the Royal Family to the stage instead… with her agent Stanley coerced into playing (almost) all the other roles – from Prince Philip to Princess Margaret, and all the commoners in between. Two actors reimagine the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (and recreate two resplendent Netflix series) in 70 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions. A perfect winter warmer for both fans of the show keenly waiting for the third series – and for those wondering what all the fuss is about! This new comedy comes from the pen of parodic mastermind Daniel Clarkson, co-creator of Olivier Award nominated hit shows Potted Potter and Potted Panto, and is directed by Owen Lewis, also an Olivier Award nominee for Morecambe and Wise homage Eric and Little Ern.
13 March - 6 April
Sex is easy. Intimacy is hard. The award-winning producers of 5 Guys Chillin’ and The Chemsex Monologues present the world premiere of Undetectable, a tender, funny and uplifting love story for the post-chemsex generation. 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, Tom Wright’s bold new play explores the delicate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us. Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair
Everyone knows how superhero stories work. Save day, rescue damsel, witty one liner, post credits scene. But Michelle Zahner doesn’t want to do that. She wants to ask the real questions: Why are there never pockets in lycra costumes? How do you fight a cyclone, or a rabid llama or the patriarchy? What if there’s no villain and why don’t we have a word for a male damsel? For this mission she’s combining storytelling, poetry, comedy, shadow puppetry and physical theatre with a hint of audience participation. She brings to life an accidental superhero, a lost journalist and a girl who doesn’t need saving. She’s really asking one thing: what do we expect from superheroes, and what would happen if we got it? She’s aware that’s actually two things... She doesn't care.
Based on true events, and untold stories, these are the Tales from Star City. The Soviet Union. 1967. The Space Race is at its height. One woman, Polina Semyenova, is at the centre of it all. She is the listener. Hidden away in the pithily named ‘Closed Military Townlet No. 1’ (later to become the eponymous Star City), Polina looks back on her dreams of being part of the great Communist movement, during one of the most dramatic decades of the Cold War. Join Polina as she reaches for the stars, and journeys through some of the brightest and darkest moments of the Space Race. Tales from Star City transfers to the King’s Head Theatre after a five star run at the Tabard Theatre in Spring 2018. It is Dan Dawes’ fourth play after Steel Tumbleweed (Courtyard Theatre, 2016); The Signalman (rehearsed reading at Courtyard Theatre, 2018); and Axolotl (Theatre N16, 2018).
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.
Heard of any of them? Neither had we. And we’re meant to be a group of feminists. Unsung explores the untold stories of four pioneering and inspirational female figures from our past, asking why they, and hundreds like them, have been relegated to the footnotes.They were bold. They caused riots. And it’s about time their stories were told. Unsung Collective and Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders, Ackley Bridge, Call the Midwife) present a new play about the women who made - or ought to have made - British history.
Jock Night is the latest show from the award-winning company behind sell-out shows Gypsy Queen and #BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo.Jock is the hottest club in town but the party starts as the club night ends... You are invited to the ultimate after-party and the search for love in a world of chemsex and jockstraps. When a gay porn star arrives, Ben must decide whether he can give up his life of hook ups, chill-outs and come downs...
15 May - 8 June
• “Eyes smarting,
• Heart aching,
• From the pangs of first love”
• 1988. Thatcher’s Britain.
Seventeen-year-old Luke runs away to London – away from homophobic playground slurs, headlines that scream ‘Don’t Teach Our Children To Be Gay’ and a family who wouldn’t understand him – to Uncle Martin, who he once saw with his arms around another man at a march. In the capital, Mark is sacked because of fears about colleagues working with ‘someone like him’. His boyfriend, Selwyn, faces being beaten up both by the police and at home by his own stepbrother. Meanwhile, Debbie battles with her son, who doesn’t want to live with her and her girlfriend. And retired piano teacher Miss Rosenblum – who once found refuge in this country from a terror that swept away half her family in 1930s Vienna – has seen this sort of hatred and fear before. Soon, these individual stories – of first loves and old flames, alliances and abandonment, missed opportunities and new chances – intertwine to paint a vivid picture of Eighties Britain. This Island’s Mine was originally performed by Gay Sweatshop in 1988. Now, three decades after the introduction of Section 28 banning positive representations of homosexuality, Philip Osment’s passionate and lyrical play, of outsiders, exiles and refugees, is all too resonant.
When 12 people live under the same roof in a converted warehouse in North London, what could possibly go wrong? This 'kooky, fun and light hearted cabaret' (Theatre People) follows Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith as two wide eyed koalas fresh off the boat, looking for the perfect place to call home. Shortlisted for Best Musical and Best Cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, relive their year living at Daisy Mill as they discover high ceilings, bathroom baskets and very thin bedroom walls. Directed by Sarah Redmond and starring every housemate you’ve ever lived with, The Worst Little Warehouse In London is a 'mind-bogglingly funny story of companionship, shared accommodation, and how to grit your teeth and bear it' (Broadway Baby).
28 May - 7 June
From the perpetrators of Boris the Musical ( Reviews Hub)... comes something far worse! 2020. Time to make Donald Great Again! But can King Nigel Farage the First of England get his trade deal? Will Kim Jong Un ever stop messing about with missiles? Why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet? Join Blowfish Theatre for an evening of raucous satire, great original music and one truly awful wig!
29 May - 8 June
In 2016, Blowfish Theatre made a musical about Boris Johnson and Brexit. They thought it wouldn’t last the summer. It won’t be their last mistake. Now completely revised and updated, it’s longer, blonder, worser, it’s… Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder. Join us on a journey from Eton to Brexit 2019 in song!
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 new play by award winning playwright Kevin Fegan, touring nationally "In these troubled times, Fortune hangs by a single thread..." A female story of survival and astonishing business success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics, as witnessed first-hand by "Bess of Hardwick". Born a farmer's daughter, Bess rose to become the richest woman in Elizabethan England. She created the Cavendish dynasty, built Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall and became a maker of queens. Bess was the closest female friend and Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I and, at the same time, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots, whom Bess and her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under "house-arrest" for over 15 years until Mary's execution. "Who'd 'ave thought, this Derbyshire lass would one day be tab-hanging between two great queens?" An ambitious show presented as a seamless mix of powerful live performance and luscious film, shot on location at Hardwick Hall.