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Atticist announced as New Associate Company at the King's Head Theatre

Atticist's East at the King's Head Theatre

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THE King’s Head Theatre has announced Atticist as their new Associate Company.

Atticist is an independent production company specialising in theatre. Their first production, Life According to Saki, won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and transferred to New York in 2017.

EAST, which has just completed its run at the King’s Head Theatre, was critically acclaimed, received several award nominations and sold out its entire run.

Bridie Bischoff, one of the two producers at Atticist, said: “It has been a pleasure working with the King’s Head Theatre team on EAST and this is an exciting opportunity for us to continue our relationship. It will help us to experiment with new productions and to encourage the development of new writing, as well as welcoming new creative relationships and collaborations.

“The King’s Head Theatre strives to provide a supportive, open atmosphere in which theatre practitioners can thrive; this is something with which we are proud to be associated, both artistically and in its commitment to fair pay and diversity.”

Atticist join Charles Court Opera as the second Associate Company for the King’s Head Theatre.

King’s Head Theatre Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher said: “We met with Atticist after hearing about their fantastic run of Life According to Saki at the Edinburgh fringe and in New York. With their plans for EAST, we were thrilled to be part of a revival of a Berkoff classic which premiered at the King’s Head Theatre originally.

“Atticist are an incredibly exciting emerging company who share a lot of the same values as our team at the King’s Head Theatre. They work incredibly hard to deliver such a high standard of work, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

The King’s Head Theatre was established in 1970 and is known for its challenging work and support of young artists. Last year, 116,151 audience members saw one of its shows: 44,607 at its 110-seater home on Upper Street and 71,544 elsewhere. Last year, at its home in Islington, there were 774 performances of 95 different shows.

The King’s Head Theatre is committed to fighting prejudice through the work it stages, the artists and staff it works with and by producing work for minority audience groups. It believes in fair pay for all on the fringe and creates accessible routes for early career artists to stage their work; work it is passionate about.

Last year, it was announced that the theatre is on the move. Subject to a fundraising campaign, the King’s Head Theatre will move into a custom-built space in the heart of Islington Square, directly behind its current home securing the future of the venue for generations to come.

Productions at the King’s Head Theatre include Ballistic, a hard hitting new writing inspired by the “manifesto” of Elliot Rodgers, who killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, before killing himself in 2014 (February 27 to March 17) and Charles Court Opera’s smart, stylish, sparkling fresh version of the most loved of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpieces, The Mikado (March 22 to April 21, 2018).