The King’s Head Theatre confirms transfer from pub theatre

The King’s Head Theatre charity has introduced they are going to be closing their house of 53 years on 13 August 2023, and transferring right into a custom-built new theatre instantly behind the prevailing venue in Islington Sq., with a gap date and programme to be introduced.

King's Head. Photo credit Simon J Webb.
King’s Head. Picture credit score Simon J Webb.

The ultimate season within the pub theatre will likely be Visitor Inventive Director David Cumming’s season, following Arts Council England funded Takeover seasons from Isabel Adomakoh Younger, Tom Ratcliffe and Tania Azevedo. The brand new venue includes a 200-seat auditorium and a 50-seat cabaret area, with contractors already on web site.

The charity has concurrently launched a devoted manufacturing fund, the Angels of Angel, which is able to help the theatre in commissioning and producing new work, inviting donors not solely to help progressive work to be produced on the King’s Head Theatre, however to hitch a neighborhood of like-minded theatregoers and supporters by means of ongoing networking occasions. Inaugural donors will likely be supplied the chance to ‘sponsor a stair’ within the new theatre, every devoted to a standout present from 53 years of the theatre’s historical past.

The ultimate efficiency within the pub theatre will likely be a celebration gala with performers together with Mark Gatiss, Ian Hallard, Dame Janet Suzman, Linda Marlowe and Le Gateau Chocolat, every reviving roles they performed on the King’s Head Theatre’s unique house.

Earlier inventive administrators Dan Crawford (founder), Stephanie Crawford, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Mark Ravenhill have been integral to the theatre’s popularity as a breeding floor of latest expertise and helped launch the careers of Maureen Lipman, Hugh Grant, Richard E Grant, Steven Berkoff, Tom Stoppard, Joanna Lumley, Bryony Lavery and Victoria Wooden. Lots of the pub theatre’s productions transferred to the West Finish together with Mr Cinders, Fantastic City, Artist Descending a Staircase, Vieux Carre and Coming Clear. In 2010, KHT gained an Olivier Award for Finest New Opera for La Boheme. The theatre additionally co-produced the immersive present Trainspotting Stay which celebrates its tenth anniversary this 12 months.

Acclaimed for its work creating theatre administrators, by means of its Trainee Resident Director Scheme which was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for contribution to the Arts.

James Seabright, Chair of Trustees, mentioned “Subsequent month we’ll bid a bittersweet farewell to London’s unique pub theatre at 115 Higher Avenue, as work continues on the new King’s Head Theatre subsequent door at Islington Sq.. The superb alternative for the charity to maneuver into a brand new house that may stand it in good stead for the subsequent 5 a long time has been made attainable by a dream crew of companions. They’ve labored carefully with the charity over the difficult pandemic years to maintain the imaginative and prescient on observe, together with key funder the Mayor of London by means of Spherical Three of his Good Progress Fund, our present landlords Younger & Co’s Brewery, our future landlords Cain Worldwide, the sensible burghers of Islington Council, and the visionary designs of architects S&Co and PUP.

Sofi Berenger, Senior Producer, mentioned “It’s extremely thrilling to be wanting in the direction of the way forward for the brand new theatre, and the way forward for with the ability to produce new work on our stage by means of our Angels of Angel community. Our goal is to create a theatre area that may really reply and react to artists and audiences, heralding in a brand new period post-pandemic. We’re additionally ensuring to look again, replicate, honour and have a good time all the things and everybody that has made King’s Head Theatre one of many leaders of London’s Fringe and impartial theatre for 53 years.

A spokesperson for Younger’s Pubs mentioned “We’ve got beloved our partnership through the years and want the King’s Head Theatre each success of their new premises. We look ahead to persevering with to welcome our local people to the King’s Head Theatre pub.

The King’s Head Theatre crew led by Senior Producer Sofi Berenger, with Interim Capital Venture director Louise Chantal, will information the organisation by means of the transition and opening of the brand new theatre, with opening dates and programme to be introduced. Though no new inventive director will likely be appointed within the brief time period, following the success of the Takeover the trustees are exploring the extension of this mannequin to programme future seasons. Extra particulars on the brand new theatre, the closing of the pub theatre, and the Angels of Angel marketing campaign are all on the web site