Every month the King's Head Theatre will stage a world premiere of a play, opera or musical by an emerging writer or composer. In the 1960s, The Royal Court presented a series of plays on Sunday nights, without sets, creating a playwright's first public platform. From there they went on to become the greatest dramatists in history.
We continue this tradition at the King's Head Theatre.
The play, opera or musical will be shown in its entirety, allowing an audience to experience the show at its truest and most vulnerable, to assess the complete journey of a piece rather than a section or scene, in a fully staged production, rehearsed full-time for two weeks, with performers off-book but without full sets or costumes. Here, the writing, music, direction and acting will tell the story. Each show will be presented over three weeks on Saturday afternoons. The week between each performance allows the playwright or composer and director to develop the piece further, learning from the rehearsals, audiences and peer feedback.
The King's Head Theatre is demonstrating to London a real alternative to the development of new writing and musical talent – rather than extended workshop processes, writers and composers will see their work performed in full, with a valuable opportunity for audiences to respond and feedback. It is our belief that the best way for a writer to develop is to be produced.
Forget glamorous sets and technical wizardry- this is about propelling to centre stage the voices of a dozen new shows and writers each year.
If you are interested in producing a new piece as part of the Without Decor season