The King’s Head Theatre is delighted to be working with Equity, the UK’s largest trade union for the performing arts.
We are proud to be one of the very few small-scale unfunded theatres in the UK to have an Equity House Agreement.
The Agreement states that we will pay all performers and stage managers in King’s Head Theatre productions an Equity-approved rate for rehearsals and performances, which complies with all legal requirements relating to National Insurance, holiday pay and National Minimum Wage. This is not the same as the Equity rates for subsidised or West End theatres, as Equity recognise that these rates were not intended to be applied to a 110-seat, unfunded theatre such as ours. It is a unique agreement which recognises and formalises our commitment to paying artists and stage managers a fair wage for the work that they do.
“The King’s Head is leading the way for fringe theatre in acknowledging that they not only have a legal responsibility to pay the National Minimum Wage and respect other workers’ rights, but also that the industry expects them to work with artists through their union , Equity. Our agreement with the King’s Head (now in its fourth year) is a substantial beginning to improving the working lives of artists at the King’s Head and has put us solidly on the way to creating a fairer fringe.” - Paul W Fleming, London Area Theatre Organiser, Equity