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Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose and The Belgrade Theatre present Mozart’s joyous The Marriage of Figaro. Alex Beetschen (orchestration), Robin Norton-Hale (libretto) and Sarah Tipple (direction) adapt Mozart’s classic to rave reviews. Featuring a cast with many OperaUpClose favourites, a few exciting new voices and a hugely talented orchestra.

Until Saturday 8 November




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

Meet the people who make Islington special on stage at the borough's oldest pub theatre. Nicola Baird, author, blogger and Islington resident invites you to celebrate the 100th published interview on the popular islingtonfacesblog.com. Six very special guests will be interviewed, or will be performing!
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

After huge success in Dublin, Cape Town, Brighton and Edinburgh, and at The King's Head in August, the sexy South African sell-out sensation returns for a limited season in January. An edgy, fast-paced and visceral exploration of male sexuality.


27 - 31 January


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!

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

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