by Neil LaBute
Regarded as one of the most celebrated American playwrights, Neil LaBute has enthralled audiences all over the world with his layered characters, sharp dialogue and subtle social commentaries. Savio(u)r return to the King's Head Theatre after the success of 2013's Our Town with the London premiere of LaBute's play, Autobahn, directed by Off-West End Award nominee
This short-play cycle follows colorful, complicated people making their way across America's highways and their stops, starts, and stalls along the way. The London cast includes Sharon Maughan (Holby City, The Bank Job, She's Out of My League), Henry Everett (Michael Grandage's
A Midsummer Night's Dream), Tom Slatter (Robot Overloards), and
Zoe Swenson-Graham (Our Town).
27 August - 20 September
| THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO|
Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose and The Belgrade Theatre follow their hugely successful La Traviata with Mozart’s joyous The Marriage of Figaro. Bursting with great tunes, laugh-out-loud comedy and powerful insights into what it is to be human, it's little wonder that The Marriage of Figaro is one of the world’s best-loved operas.
Directed by Sarah Tipple, who has revived Anthony Minghella's Madam Butterfly for ENO and delighted audiences with her hilarious Barbershopera productions, this promises to be a highly inventive and theatrical new production, sung in a new English version by OperaUpClose Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale (La Boheme & La Traviata).
Musically directed in his own new arrangement for piano, viola and clarinet by Alex Beetschen.
24 September - 8 November
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FLOURISH SHOWCASE 2014
Now in its third year, Flourish is a new opera competition run by OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera. This showcase performance will feature extracts from the shortlisted operas, with a winner selected by a panel of industry judges.21 September
Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped from her old people's home in Stockthorpe-on-Sea and is holed up in an LA motel, waiting for the right moment to reveal her deepest secret - she is Marilyn Monroe. A new play by Dylan Costello.
28 September - 2 November
Lolly Jones' Edinburgh hit comes to The Kings Head Theatre. Escaping on social media while temping in 'Sexminster', she mocks our collective timeline. Is it acceptable to ‘Check in’ at a funeral? Does food taste better if Instagrammed first? And did she really Snapchat an MP’s chub?
1 - 25 October
A provocative and bold exploration of personal, cultural, and sexual identity as told through Marie, a women working in a sex booth on 42nd Street. David, an anthropologist visits her booth while conducting research for his new book on human sexuality. Neither could have foreseen the outcome. Written by Norris Church Mailer.
12 - 29 November
Vesta Tilley was music hall's greatest male impersonator. Her role in recruiting thousands of men during World War I made her the darling of the establishment but as the brutal reality of war became known, whose side was she really on? A one woman, twelve character play with songs by Tom Glover.
16 - 30 November
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Can you believe it? This Christmas is OperaUpClose’s fifth birthday! To celebrate we are reviving three of our best loved productions from over the years. We expect these short seasons to sell out fast, so book your Christmas trips now. If you book for all three, you’ll automatically get 20% off the total ticket price too!
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
Our 1950s Hollywood version of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love had rave reviews when it opened in February 2013, with the Telegraph saying, "the whole thing fizzes from start to finish", and has been delighting audiences with its technicolour romance ever since.
2 - 13 December
The show that started it all! Our inaugural production in November 2009 went on to three West End transfers, an Olivier Award, a WhatsOnStage award and UK and international tours. Featuring some of your favourite singers, both from the original cast and more recent revivals, La Boheme fittingly runs over Christmas.
16 December - 3 January
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Our final production of the season was our first opera at the King's Head Theatre in autumn 2010, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Our adaptation is set in Jane Austen's England and its combination of gentle irony and laugh-out-loud comedy is the perfect antidote to the January blues.
6 - 17 January