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The Q
Drama + Comedy + New Writing + Sight Unseen

The Q

A play unpacking life, love, & what it means to stand for a few moments in the long line of history

This show is part of Sight Unseen, a season curated by Isabel Adomakoh Young for The Takeover.

Explore the full season & find out more here!


"People. Standing in a line. Looking for love. That is history. It’s a love story."


A rapid-fire, state-of-the-nation satire, & the very first play to be set in the context of the most absurd yet moving spectacle of 2022: the queue for the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II.

A poignant & powerful play, packed full of laughs & tears, bringing together adulterous doctors, ailing drag queens, wannabe (Christian) rockstars, manic-depressive housewives, & placing them all in the queue formed to mourn a beloved, lately-departed monarch.


'Manages to be both moving & absurd, often at the same time' The Reviews Hub


'The Q shows us love, emotion and people coming together in the strangest of circumstances★★★★★ Theatre Tonic


Audience praise:

'The quick-fire dialogue commands attention, the action oscillates between comedy & pathos.... The sub-plots unfold beautifully'

'A poignant & beautifully written new play… outstanding. So relevant & relatable'

'As Ruth, co-star Madeleine Page carries us convincingly at every step along the way of her character’s cathartic journey'

'Mansel David’s joyous performance as Venetia leads us to the emotional core of the play'


Barry | Mansel David
Ruth | Maddy Maguire
Lillian | Ellana Gilbert
Walter | Billy Gurney

Writer | Gavin Fleming
Director | Max Mackay

Ticket Price

£10 - £25.50


10 - 16 Apr 2023


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 85 min inc. 15 min interval.
Content Warning | Swearing, terminal illness, miscarriage.
Age Guidance | 15+


Part of the Sight Unseen season ticket offer!*

  • Book x2 shows, get 10% off.
  • Book x3 or more shows, get 20% off.

Excluding £10 tickets*


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