King's Head Theatre

 
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Super-gay-friendly pub theatre
England's first pub theatre since the days of Shakespeare, the King's Head was started in 1970 by New Jersey-born maverick Dan Crawford (1942–2005), who resurrected a rather worn Victorian public house in stylish-liberal Islington, and transformed the backroom into an intimate and exciting venue staging new drama, revivals, musicals and cabaret-style revues, from Noël Coward to Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard, showcasing obscure, fringe and/or gay works. Previous productions have featured patron Joanna Lumley, Kathy Burke, Alan Rickman, Dawn French, John Hurt, Prunella Scales, Gary Oldman, Hugh Grant, Dan Castellaneta, Anthony Sher, Celia Imrie and Victoria Wood. The theatre and pub are now run by Crawford's widow and long-serving associate artistic director Stephanie Sinclaire. Every month the theatre stages a world premiere of a play, opera or musical by a writer or composer, with minimum emphasis on sets, lights and costumes.

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