16 March 2021
King’s Head Theatre announces its first ever digital season, Plays On Film, available to watch on its new on-demand platform, KHTV, from 15 April
One year to the day since the King’s Head Theatre closed its doors due to Covid-19 (16 March 2021), it is delighted to announce Plays on Film: its first ever digital on-demand season, which brings together five smash-hit shows from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre makers, and combines the raw immediacy of live performance with high definition cinematography.
Filmed on location at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, by the award-winning Shoot Media, the shows will be available to watch on the venue’s new on demand platform, KHTV, from anywhere in the world, ensuring every seat is the best in the house. Over 50% of ticket sales will go directly to the artists and companies involved at this difficult time for freelancers across the entertainment industry, with the remainder helping to secure the future of the UK’s leading pub theatre.
Executive Director Fiona English says: “We’re overjoyed to announce our very first all-digital season, Plays On Film. We believe these five incredible shows, and the extraordinary theatre makers that created them, deserve the global audience that an online platform can provide. We’re looking forward to working with the companies to realise the potential of filmed theatre on the fringe; as an artform in its own right to be enjoyed by audiences anywhere, at any time. With KHTV, distance never means disconnection for our audiences.”
Curated by the King’s Head Theatre’s programming team, led by Heather Ruck (former Head of Programming at Assembly Festivals), Plays On Film includes drama, comedy and musical theatre offerings, all of which received critical acclaim for previous runs at prominent venues and festivals, including Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Upstairs, Dublin and VAULT Festival.
The programme includes JEW...ish, a quickfire romantic comedy exploring sex, polamory and Jewish identity; Vespertilio, an atmospheric tale of love, loneliness, bats and the unlikely connection between two gay men; Sacrament; a powerfully funny monologue about a young Irish Catholic woman questioning her sexuality; I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, a sparkling revue show about the tumultuous world of musical theatre, on stage and off; and Illusions of Liberty, a searing exploration of invisible illness against the backdrop of a deeply ‘hostile environment.’
Priority booking for friends and supporters opens today with general sale to follow tomorrow at midday. The first three films will be available to watch Thursday 15 April - Wednesday 5 May and the remaining two Thursday 22 April - Wednesday 12 May. Tickets are priced at £10 - £18, while a season pass for all five shows is available for £60.