King's Head Theatre

London, United Kingdom

King's Head Theatre


The King's Head Theatre, founded in 1970 by Dan Crawford, is an off-West End venue in London. It is the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK. In March 2010, Adam Spreadbury-Maher became Artistic Director and the theatre became home to resident company OperaUpClose for 4 years.

The small theatre is located in the back room behind the bar at the King's Head pub on Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. The theatre is housed in a Victorian building, but a public house, originally known as The King's Head Tavern, has been on the same site, opposite the parish church, since 1543. The theatre's reconstruction in 2007–2008 increased both the stage size and seating capacity, with the addition of new seating.

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