It has been fantastic to welcome audiences back to the theatre after over a year away, and to get back to performing some brilliant shows in our cosy, intimate auditorium. For many people, however, things are not back to normal and even the thought of being in a bustling place can be a cause for concern. That’s why at the King’s Head Theatre we wanted to let you know that we are continuing with high standards of hygiene and mitigation.
You probably don’t know that after every show, every seat in the theatre is disinfected and steamed. The auditorium is ventilated before, during and after all performances. Staff, cast and crews coming to the Kings Head Theatre still regularly take lateral flow tests and our staff members continue to wear facemasks in public settings. We continue to provide hand-sanitizer at the Box Office for your use. We also don’t use paper tickets, not only is it better for the environment, but it means you can get from the front door to your seat contactlessly.
There are also some things that you, our fantastically supportive audiences can do, to help us through this period as safely as possible. Wearing a facemask for the duration of the performance is now mandatory unless you are exempt. We also strongly encourage you to sanitize your hands on arrival. This helps to keep the risks to our staff, cast and other audience members down to an absolute minimum.
Please make use of lateral flow testing before visiting us. Home testing kits are still free and can be sent directly to your home, simply order them on gov.uk. You can also pick up rapid test packs from a local pharmacy (you can find your local pharmacy on the NHS website). Alternatively you can go to a testing site, Islington Council offers free, rapid-turnaround Covid-19 tests for people who live and work in Islington at the Arsenal Community Hub (56 Benwell Road, N7 7BA). Check the interactive map to find your nearest testing site, and please visit the closest site to you with available appointments.
If you are unsure of symptoms, or what to do if you feel unwell, please visit this website for advice: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. If in doubt then please err on the side of caution and stay away! Simply send us an email to [email protected] or call us on 0207 226 8561 Monday - Thursday 2 - 5 pm. We will do everything that we can to help.
Your small acts and ours can have a big impact in helping make this Christmas period safe and special for everyone involved!