Following hot on the heels of an audacious winter season, the King’s Head Theatre will show two critical revivals plus London transfers for three Edinburgh Fringe success stories between April and July.
After the success of Trainspotting, artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher returns to the director’s chair for Strangers in Between. First staged by Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company in February 2005, Tommy Murphy’s play won the New South Wales Premiere literary award. Adam said: “I’m delighted to be bringing this brilliant play by one of Australia’s finest playwrights to audiences in London for the first time.”
Before that, April will see the venue’s first full cabaret season, complete with on-stage tables and a pop-up bar to welcome hit cult musical Saucy Jacks and the Space Vixens, as well as a musical comedy taxidermy puppet show from avant-garde performance artist, Charlie Tuesday Gates; Sing For Your Life. Both productions enjoyed a phenomenal response last summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In May and June, Mary Franklin will stage the first major London revival of Howard Brenton’s Christie in Love. Written in 1969, the play is a chilling insight into the mind of John Christie, one of the twentieth centuries most notorious serial killers.
Alongside this, the theatre welcomes the return of Big Brother Blitzkrieg by Hew Rous Eyre & Max Elton and the first London revival of Bush Theatre hit, Eigengrau by Penelope Skinner. Bitter Pill Theatre’s satire, which sees Hitler entrapped in the Big Brother house, has never been more relevant now reality star Donald Trump can be considered a serious presidential candidate.
King’s Head Theatre producer Rachel Illingworth said: “With an unashamedly broad church of programming, transfers to and from the biggest arts festivals in the world, and a trail-blazing policy of ethical employment on the fringe, we’re as committed as ever to being the most diverse and best pub theatre in London; if it’s on here, you won’t see it anywhere else!”