King’s Head Theatre

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What You Need To Know About King’s Head Theatre:

King’s Head Theatre is a thriving fringe theatre on Upper Street. Located in the back of the King’s Head pub, the theatre programmes an eclectic and often high quality mix of drama, comedy, musicals and opera. And it’s the last one on the list that has become something of a speciality for the theatre. Since Adam Spreadbury-Maher took over as Artistic Director in 2010, the King’s Head Theatre has produced a string of small-scale but hugely ambitious versions of operatic classics. Its most notable production to date is a modern-day version of Puccini’s La Bohème set in East London.

The theatre produces two in-house operas per year. The resident company is Charles Court Opera.

Dan Crawford established King’s Head Theatre in 1970. The room the theatre took over was previously used as a pool hall and boxing ring. Under Crawford’s 35-year tenure, King’s Head Theatre became a well-respected and popular fringe venue. Throughout those years and today, King’s Head Theatre has focused on supporting new talent in the world of theatre. Along with staging works by new writers, the venue has a successful Trainee Director scheme.

King’s Head Theatre is also interested in staging work that challenges prejudice and improves diversity in all areas of theatre, both in the stories being told and the people telling them.

The current Artistic Director is Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

Top Facts About King’s Head Theatre:

  1. King’s Head Theatre is famous for still using pounds, shilling and pence for 37 years after the rest of the UK made the change to decimal currency. They finally gave into modernity in 2008.
  2. The venue is Britain’s second oldest operating pub theatre.
  3. The King’s Head’s website team list includes resident dog, Tickets. The Yorkshire terrier’s theatre credits include regular appearances in dramas and operas at the venue!

Key Information About The King’s Head Theatre:


Tube: The closest tube station is Angel (Northern line), which is a ten-minute walk from the venue. Alternately use Highbury & Islington (Victoria line), which is also around ten-minutes’ walk from the venue.

Train: The closest train station is Highbury & Islington (London Overground), which is around ten-minutes’ walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 4, 19, 30 and 43 all travel close to the venue. Get off at the stop marked St Mary’s Church. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.


The closest car park is the Business Design Centre underground Car Park on Upper Street. It is open 24 hours a day. If you choose to park in the streets surrounding the theatre, please be aware of parking restrictions.


The Kings Head Theatre is at the back of the Kings Head Pub, a popular and historic pub on Upper Street. Along with a great range of drinks, including real ale, the pub serves food throughout the day. Visitors to the theatre can pre-order food for before or after a show. Their menu is made up of classic British pub dishes and a range of bar snacks including scotch eggs and sausage rolls. They also serve tea and cake.

For more information visit the King’s Head Theatre’s website.