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KHT50: Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard

KHT50: Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard

A Tom Stoppard version of a whodunit

When Donner is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, fellow artists Martello and Beachamp accuse one another of the murder. Looking back at their lives over the last 50 years, they attempt to uncover the truth of the murder while musing on the meaning of life and art. 

Originally a radio play, Dan Crawford, the Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, saw its potential to be adapted for a stage production in 1988. The play was extremely successful and transferred to the West End and then went on to Broadway.

Join us after the reading as we sit down with original director Tim Luscombe, to discuss what it was like working with Tom Stoppard, how the show transferred from Radio, to King's Head Theatre, to West End and finally to Broadway.


Director Tim Luscombe

Returning cast members from the Original King’s Head Theatre & West End Transfer:

Martello Karl James 

Beachamp Gareth Tudor Price 

Donner John Warnaby 

New cast members:

Young Martello Nicholas Armfield 

Young Beauchamp Benjamin Prudence 

Young Donner Barnaby Tobias

Sophie Francesca Eldred 

Stage Directions realised by Rosalind Lailey 

Ticket Price

£10 - 50


15 February


King's Head Theatre



Why not add a Pre-Show Dinner Package at Islington institution Frederick's? The deal includes a two-course meal and complimentary drink for just £50. Simply select your tickets and add the meal option on the next page.

The 'KHT50 Barstools to Broadway' Festival is a week-long celebration marking the successes of the King's Head Theatre. We are looking back at the last 50 years and highlighting successful writers and creators who came through our doors, many of whom started their careers at the King's Head Theatre. Any profits will be going towards the move to the new building in 2022.


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