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Production Proposals

The King’s Head Theatre operates an open submission process all year round, and we love hearing from new companies and artists to work with who have exciting, bold, and alternative projects to programme. Find out more below about our programming model and how to submit your work for consideration. Please note that this is for shows that either have a producer attached or are ready to be self-produced. Any artist opportunities for commissioning or collaboration will be on the Artist Opportunities page.

 

Artistic Ambitions

We programme work that is joyful, irreverent, colourful, and queer, which allows us all to imagine a better future.

The King’s Head Theatre is a space for stories by, for, and with the LGBTQ+ community, with the aim of fostering a home for the new wave of diverse queer theatre makers. We therefore especially welcome production proposals which embrace all LGBTQ+ stories or are led by majority LGBTQ+ teams. However, if your show doesn’t fall under this umbrella, we’d still love to hear from you, and there is an opportunity on our proposal to state why you think your show is right for the King’s Head Theatre. We want to specifically acknowledge that LGBTQ+ work for LGBTQ+ audiences has many definitions and we are a space that embraces that, exploring the full spectrum of experiences symbolised by the rainbow flag. We are a home for a new wave of diverse queer theatre makers.

We programme across a wide spectrum of performance styles, and below we break down what sort of slots work best with different styles. Our past productions have spanned the following genres: theatre, comedy, musicals, gig theatre, poetry, improv, opera, cabaret, drag, burlesque, stand-up, clown & physical theatre and forms we haven’t even thought of yet. We love to embrace stories that haven't been told before, in ways which haven't been invented yet.

WE GET BACK TO EVERY ARTIST WHO SENDS A PROPOSAL IN THROUGH OUR PRODUCTION PROPOSAL FORM, EVEN IF WE’RE NOT ABLE TO PROGRAMME YOUR SHOW

 

Submit a Proposal

Information on our different programming slots are below but we ask everyone to submit a:

PRODUCTION PROPOSAL FORM

You’ll need to provide:

  • A copy of the script
  • CVs or biographies of the proposed creative team
  • Any other material that may help us assess your work, for example, a couple of reviews of previous shows.
  • The length of run you are looking for, and the time frame for this.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 

Please do not email us your proposals. Using the Google Form is the only way to guarantee we will receive it. We get back to every artist who submits via the form.

 

Types of programming slots


Please note: we currently have Yellow & Blue slots available from mid-January 2023, & some space available for Purple & Green slots available from mid-February 2023

 



GREEN SLOTS

 


These slots are great for theatre, plays, musicals, opera & gig theatre productions who are ready for a longer run. Perhaps this is a transfer from a festival, maybe it's a revival told in a new way or new work with really clear audiences.
 

  • SCHEDULE

Mon - Thu 7pm
Sat - Sun 6pm

x6 performances per week. There are optional matinees available, to be discussed with the programmer. Please note there is no Friday show.
 

  • LENGTH OF RUN

3 - 6 weeks.

If you think your show will work best in this slot but you can only do 1-3 weeks then we can occasionally do this, for example if your show is touring. But priority is given to shows with a longer run.
 

  • LENGTH OF SHOW

Up to 90 mins.

If your show is longer than this but you still think it would work with us, get in touch but we may need to approach it on a bespoke basis.
 

  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION

These slots work on a guarantee paid to the theatre of £2,500 per week which cover the costs involved with the show. There is an option to drop a Saturday or Sunday night performance which reduces it to £2,350 per week. The Visiting Producer will then take 100% of mature net box office.

We require a deposit of 50% upon signature of contract, with the remaining 50% to be deducted from ticket sales following the run.
 

For more information, including production, technical and marketing provisions and other resources please read our Information Guide on programming “Green Show” here.
 

Please note: you will be sharing the space with other visiting companies.

 


 

PURPLE SLOTS
 

  • SCHEDULE

Tuesday - Friday 9pm

Saturday - 8pm

5x performances per week. There are optional matinees available, to be discussed with the programmer.
 

  • LENGTH OF RUN

1-4 weeks usually, but sometimes longer runs work for the right show.
 

  • LENGTH OF SHOW

Maximum 60-70 minute shows
 

  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION

These slots work on a guarantee paid to the theatre or £2,000 per week which cover the costs involved with the show. The Visiting Producer takes 100% of mature net box office.

We require a deposit of 50% upon signature, with the remaining 50% deducted from ticket sales following the run.

For more information, including production, technical and marketing provisions and other resources please read our Information Guide on programming “Purple Show” here

 


 

YELLOW SLOTS


These slots are great for touring shows, comedy, cabarets, drag, poetry, improv, burlesque, stand-up and work-in-progresses

  • SCHEDULE

Fri 7pm
Sun 8pm
Mon 9pm
 

  • LENGTH OF RUN

1-3 performances, but sometimes having multiple performances split over a few weeks can be a great way to build word of mouth.
 

  • LENGTH OF SHOW

Maximum 60-70 minute.
 

  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION

These slots work on a guarantee paid to the theatre or £350 per performance which cover the costs involved with the show. The Visiting Producer takes 100% of mature net box office.

We require a deposit of 50% upon signature with the remaining 50% deducted from ticket sales following the run.

For more information, including production, technical and marketing provisions and other resources please read our Information Guide on programming “Yellow Show” here
 

 

BLUE SLOTS

These slots are great for variety nights, stand up comedy, drag, poetry, improv, cabaret, burlesque, stand-up and other late night entertainment.
 

  • SCHEDULE

Friday 10.30pm
Saturday 10pm
 

  • LENGTH OF RUN

1-2 performances, but we are looking for productions which could be revived on a semi-regular basis (for example 1x a month)

  • LENGTH OF SHOW

Fri 45 minutes
Sat 60 minutes

  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION

These slots are available on a 50:50 split with the theatre. There is no deposit payable, but cancellation fees do apply.

For more information, including production, technical and marketing provisions and other resources please read our Information Guide on programming “Blue Shows” here