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King's Head Theatre - Spring 2020

Season preview

ARTISTIC Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, has announced the King’s Head Theatre’s Spring 2020 Season and its 50th anniversary year begins with four exciting, provocative productions that reflect the breadth of the historic London venue’s programme.

Encompassing a world premiere, a brand new English version of a celebrated opera, a popular revival and an inventive take on a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, each piece in the season explores love and intimacy across boundaries – whether societal, physical or emotional.


Undetectable – Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, it runs from Wednesday, February 12 to Saturday, March 7.

Tom Wright’s tender, funny and uplifting love story returns by popular demand to open the King’s Head Theatre’s Spring 2020 season following an acclaimed, smash hit run.

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, this ‘smart and topical’ (Gay Times) play explores the intricate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us.

Iolanthe – Written by Gilbert & Sullivan and directed by John Savournin, it runs from Thursday, March 12 to Saturday, April 11.

Marking 10 years of Charles Court Opera at the King’s Head Theatre, the ‘masters of Gilbert & Sullivan in small spaces’ return with an enchanting – and timely – production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s sharp satire of power, privilege and parliamentary democracy.

Directed by John Savournin, this witty and magical operetta tells a tale of forbidden love causing an absurdist fusion of two worlds – the magical fairies of Fairyland and a bamboozled House of Peers.

With some of Sullivan’s most stunning music brought to life by Musical Director David Eaton, Iolanthe promises to be an evening of first class entertainment and riotous fun.

No Strings Attached – Written by Charles Entsie and directed by Aileen Gonsalves, it runs from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, May 2.

Don’t worry man, I’m good at keeping secrets.

Aileen Gonsalves directs the world premiere of Charles Entsie’s debut play, winner of the Adrian Pagan Award for New Writing 2019.

This electrifying two-hander takes place within the charged confines of a car at midnight in Peckham, where a clandestine encounter between two men leads to far more than either had bargained for…

Described as intense, powerful and startlingly original, No Strings Attached exposes the reality of living your life in the closet in working class London, and the lengths men go to keep their secrets hidden.

Aida – Written by Giuseppe Verdi in a new English version by David Eaton and Adam Spreadbury-Maher and directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher, it runs from Wednesday, May 6 to Saturday, June 6.

The undisputed masters of intimate and accessible opera present Verdi’s monumental epic of love, betrayal and war in a rousing new English version.

Set in a present day world of border controls and mass migration, Aida makes a desperate journey from her homeland to find refuge in the UK, but her love for Ramades throws her chances of survival into jeopardy.

Featuring soaring arias and delicate melodies from one of history’s greatest composers, this thrilling new production skillfully juxtaposes the conflict of nations with the conflicts of the heart.

Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, said:

“We’re kicking off what may well turn out to be the most momentous year in the King’s Head Theatre’s history with four fantastic productions that embrace everything we stand for – championing bold new voices such as Charles Entsie, staging high quality and accessible opera or celebrating LGBTQI+ stories and artists. I am incredibly proud of this season, which explores many different forms of love across many different kinds of boundaries, and cannot wait to share these wonderful shows with our audiences next Spring.”

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