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KHT50: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Writer and director Bill Russell returns to the King’s Head Theatre to direct the cult hit: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. Originally produced in the 80s, this groundbreaking piece of Musical Theatre started at the King’s Head Theatre and consequently went on to dazzle in the West End. 

The show is a collection of heart-wrenching monologues and songs, playing homage to the intertwined cacophony of voices affected, killed and debilitated by AIDs. These stories and characters span generations, sexual orientation and gender - telling the true story of the loss and pain felt by an entire generation. Scored to perfection by Janet Hood.

This epic show boasts a cast of over 30 performers; which in our fringe theatre space, is a feat worth experiencing in itself.

Bill Russell has flown over from the USA to direct this show. Join us for a post show discussion with Bill, hear him discuss writing and directing Elegies and his fond memories of the King's Head Theatre.


Lyrics & Book by Bill Russell

Music by Janet Hood

Directed by Bill Russell

Associate Director Charles Quittner

Musical Director Gareth Bretherton

Ticket Price

£15 - 50


19 February 2022


King's Head Theatre



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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