AUGUST - NOVEMBER
KING'S HEAD QUEER SEASON (runs 25 July - 1 September) :
This summer, see the long-awaited UK premiere from the author of the groundbreaking The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley, and enjoy a 2 course table d’hôte with a glass of wine at Bellanger for just £35. Just a hop and a skip from the theatre, this traditional French brasserie is ideally located for both pre and post show dining.
For Reasons That Remain Unclear... is potent thriller of power, love and redemption takes place in real-time over the course of a single summer's evening in Rome. In a hotel room overlooking the Piazza de Spagna, handsome Hollywood screenwriter Patrick invites Conrad, a Catholic priest, to share a drink in his suite. Tensions rise as their exchange deepens, but who is holding back a confession?
James Dean, Hollywood’s hottest star steps out of his crashed car and looks back on his short life. This powerful one man show is a timely look at how the film industry uses sex, drugs and power to make and break careers.This no holes barred look at the life of an icon comes to the Kings Head Theatre before playing this years Edinburgh Festival, where Em-Lou Productions were the winners of the 2017 inaugural Scottish Sun best LGBT Production Award. Em-Lou Productions previous work includes the multiple award winning 5 Guys Chillin’ (Brighton Fringe Award, 2 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival Awards) and has been performed in Sydney, Canada and Off Broadway.
‘Riot Act’ is a powerful brand new verbatim theatre piece created especially for the Queer Season. ‘You know what’s strange, I felt safer on the night of the riots, on the sidewalk in front of Stonewall, than I did in my own home town’. ‘I’m a drag queen. I want to live. I want to survive. As an older person, I’m sixty five now, I couldn’t give a f*cking shit’. ‘In London, the idea of ‘safe sex’ was; don’t sleep with Americans. James was older; a mature student. He was twenty two years old when he died’. Playwright and performer Alexis Gregory interviewed one of the only remaining Stonewall survivors, radical-drag icon Lavinia Co-Op and prominent 1990’s London ACT UP AIDS activist Paul Burston and in this solo theatre piece, ‘channels’ sex decades of queer history. Hard-hitting, provocative, tender, truthful, funny, political and personal, these are stories of queerness, activism, addiction, sex, drag, community, conflict, youth, ageing, fierce queens and a Hollywood diva.
"Is telling the absolute truth worth destroying his happiness?" In this provocative comedy of modern manners Man, 50, Lad, 30, and Boy, 20, battle to achieve relationship bliss. One offers dedicated monogamy, another proposes looking the other way whilst the third prefers total disclosure
When Candy, one of New Orleans’ finest drag queens, brings home a sailor neither knows that this one night will bind them together. Both are soon lost believing in fantasy versions of each other. Never performed during Tennessee Williams’ life because of its openly gay characters, this play is a beautiful exploration of the boundaries of love, passion and heartbreak.
'We’re human beings with natural urges! Why should we be so bothered about fitting a mould set out by a society that barely gives two sh*ts about us anyway?' In a bid to improve their current financial crisis, Taylor and Riley decide to rent out their spare room – and it’s Jamie and Parker, another young-ish gay couple, who are chosen to move in. But it soon becomes clear that the two duos have very different relationships, and it’s only a matter of time before wires cross, tensions escalate and things get very messy in more ways than one… All That, written by Shaun Kitchener (Hollyoaks, Positive, BAFTA Rocliffe Winner 2016), is a timely look at love and monogamy; a funny, frank and razor-sharp examination of modern gay relationships.
Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to relationships. After it’s over, things become clear. But what if that end comes abruptly—a cold winter night, an unplanned event, a phone call? Hakeem is an immigrant from Nigeria, a driven, loyal, righteous guy who’s worked hard to build a career for himself as a scientist. His husband, Jeremy, is white, privileged, American, lazy, unfaithful, unable to grow up, and wracked with guilt. Free & Proud is a new play examining the dynamics of a messy relationship and how sometimes it takes a disaster in order to make sense of the present. Charles Gershman (writer) is an award-winning New York based playwright. Peter Darney (director) is the creator of the award-winning 5 Guys Chillin’.
Teenager Ronnie travels to the North to find a job and a new life. Ex-bouncer Stan, just out of prison, gives him a lift. But not to the North. Instead, he takes charge and speeds off the motorway to a deserted house on the moors. But Ronnie doesn’t get exactly what he was looking for when he finds Stan : “Has more morals that Mary Poppins”.
The acclaimed company behind the Olivier Award nominated (‘Best Opera, 2018’) production of La bohème present a radical reimagining of Verdi’s incendiary tale of sex, class and power, La Traviata. England, 2018. Violetta earns her crust dancing for the rich and powerful at an exclusive gentleman’s club until a chance meeting with naive and idealistic Elijah changes everything. The powerful collide with the powerless, with earth shattering consequences for all involved. Combining Verdi’s breathtaking music with a new English version from Becca Marriott and Helena Jackson, this is La Traviata exposed, uncovered and redefined for the twenty first century.
She’s grotesque. A possessive beast of a woman, to be sure. But look on the bright side, Beau: she's got a lovely personality. Somewhere. Under all the fur. After a critically acclaimed 2017 run, Fat Rascal Theatre return to the King’s Head with their Offie nominated, gender-swapped musical parody of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
A fairy tale land, far, far away. A handsome young bookworm who always dreamt of more. A hideous beast, in her cursed castle… It’s a tale as old as time, as you’ve never heard it before. With a cast of five and an onstage musician, brace yourself for 90 minutes of boundless energy and musical mayhem as Fat Rascal Theatre explore whether fairy tales really can come true - even when the princess doesn’t quite fit the slipper.