Join the King’s Head in celebrating the final months of its 45th year with our inaugural new writing festival, #Festival45. Featuring the best of major UK arts festivals, we’ve opened our doors to 23 different shows from 23 exciting young companies over 5 weeks, offering them a chance to take part in this new, unique format and bring their work to one of London’s most diverse and dynamic Off West End venues.
These companies will all be taking part in an experiment with us, seeing if we can banish the myth that the festival format makes it impossible to pay actors – as with every show at the King’s Head, each company has signed up to our agreement with Equity, meaning every actor will be paid. This is a major shift in how most festivals run in the UK, and we’re proud to be lighting the way and proving that all actors, without exception and in whatever context, should be paid for their work.
We’re also proud to be reaffirming our commitment to new writing – alongside new work this year from Sylvia Freedman and Richard Cameron, and our new writing initiative the Adrian Pagan Award, we have a continuing commitment to this, the life-
Alongside a wide varied programme, we are proud to present as the headline show Epsilon Productions’ award-
Artistic Director of the King’s Head, Adam Spreadbury-
Now in its 45th year, The King's Head Theatre is celebrating this anniversary with an exciting new artistic policy after the departure of OperaUpClose, becoming a crucible for new writing and critical rediscoveries. Work from Irvine Welsh, Richard Cameron, Richard O'Brien and Arthur Miller, as well as Mike Bradwell directing for the first time since the 1970s, guarantees that if it's on here, you won't see it anywhere else. Led by Adam Spreadbury-