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New Season at the King's Head Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 10th Nov 2015 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

Pub opera returns in rep in new season at the King's Head Theatre amongst Edinburgh transfer hits and female-led new writing

After an exciting and innovative 45th year, the unfunded King’s Head continues its new artistic policy of being a crucible of new writing and critical rediscoveries, whilst also welcoming the much-anticipated return of pub opera.

Artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher originated pub opera in his first season at the King’s Head in 2010, and now relaunches that tradition at its original home with a stylish new production of Mozart’s classic opera Cosi fan tutte in March, directed by international opera director Paul Higgins. This return to pub opera will play in rep alongside Louis Nowra’s play by the same name, Cosi, where patients in a mental asylum perform Mozart’s piece whilst questioning madness in the face of the Vietnam War, which is directed by ex-Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Wayne Harrison. Adam Spreadbury-Maher says “Two Cosis at the same time?! If a large funded arts centre said they were going to do this, it would raise an eyebrow – the fact that an unfunded pub theatre is doing it is completely bonkers”.

Before that, in February, the theatre welcomes back the smash hit Trainspotting after a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2015 run, which plays at the King's Head for a month before heading on a national tour.

There is also a wealth of new writing this season: January offers new plays The Long Road South, by Paul Minx, focusing on the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and Big Brother Blitzkrieg, by Hew Rous Eyre & Max Elton, which sees Hitler enter the Big Brother House! April features work exclusively by female playwrights with Adrian Pagan Award winner and insightful new play about female relationships Russian Dolls, by Kate Lock, alongside Edinburgh transfer To Kill a Machine, by Catrin Fflur Huws, which delves into the sexuality and chemical castration of Alan Turing. We also have new British musical Something Something Lazarus joining us in March, performed in a “broken cabaret” style, by John Myatt and Simon Arrowsmith.

The new writing offerings this season champion female and international playwrights alongside new work with the continuation of #Festival45, #Festival46 in July, featuring work from 4 trainee resident directors, who will be graduating from the Queen's Jubilee Award winning scheme this summer.

Further information: http://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/

Photo by Christopher Tribble

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