Artistic Director Mark Ravenhill and the whole team at the King’s Head Theatre have announced some exciting updates regarding the iconic pub theatre’s future plans.
Mark Ravenhill’s new show, The Haunting of Susan A, will be extending its run, with performances now on sale until 9 July. Described as a ‘fright-full pleasure’ by The Guardian and ‘the most pleasing chiller’ by The Observer, this world premiere production draws on the traditions of a classic ghost story. Tickets are on sale now here.
Following its sell out run at the King’s Head at the beginning of this year, Freud’s Last Session (‘gripping’ Financial Times) is returning for another run at the theatre from 12 July – 13 August. Starring Julian Bird, a practicing psychiatrist turned actor, Marc St. Germain’s play brilliantly imagines a meeting between Sigmund Freud and Narnia author C.S. Lewis at Freud’s Hampstead home. Freud’s Last Session is also being adapted as a major motion picture starring Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Further programming for the summer and autumn seasons will be announced shortly.
Co-Artistic Director Hannah Price has decided that she will be stepping back from the venue. Hannah has been presented with a number of exciting opportunities outside of KHT, and will be continuing in the revised role of Associate Director to support Mark Ravenhill in his creative vision.
KHT’s trustees are also delighted to confirm that following a pandemic hiatus, the final planning permissions for the charity’s new home are now progressing. Subject to these being approved by Islington Council, the move to the 250-seat purpose-built theatre in Islington Square is scheduled to go ahead in 2023. Chair of trustees James Seabright said, “Everyone at KHT is hugely appreciative of the support the charity has been offered by its current landlords Young’s and future hosts Cain International, as well as Islington Council and our key capital funders the Greater London Authority, who have worked tirelessly alongside the KHT team to deliver the new Islington Square venue.”
Mark Ravenhill said, “I’m delighted to welcome back to our pub theatre Freud’s Last Session, which earlier in the year inspired me – and our full houses – with the thrill of live theatre and great acting. It’s wonderful that it’s now being made into a major motion picture. And it’s great to meet the audiences coming to my ghost play The Haunting of Susan A and to share fascinating conversations about the Kings Head’s past and its promising future. I’m also looking forward to continuing my dialogue with Hannah Price as a valued friend and colleague in her new role as Associate Director.”
The King’s Head Theatre was established in 1970. Passionate about great theatre, it is known for its challenging work and support of early career artists. KHT is committed to fighting prejudice through the work it stages, and the artists and staff it works with. The team believes in fair pay for all on the fringe and create accessible routes for early career artists to stage their work – work they are passionate about.