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Tennessee Williams double bill headlines King's Head Theatre's 2019 Queer Season

Season preview

THE King’s Head Theatre has announced the full line-up for its 2019 Queer Season, which runs from Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Established in 2015, the Queer Season is a celebration of the most interesting and innovative LGBTQI+ theatre being created in the UK, and features revivals and transfers alongside world premieres of brand new work.

Southern Belles, a double-bill of rare one-act Tennessee Williams plays exploring queer lives is to headline the first half of the season.

It features And Tell Sad Stories Of The Deaths Of Queens, never performed in Williams’ lifetime due to its openly gay characters, and Something Unspoken, which depicts a unacknowledged lesbian relationship and will be directed by Jamie Armitage, Co-Director of the critically-acclaimed West End musical, Six.

World’s End, staring Tom Milligan and Mirlind Began, and directed by Harry Mackrill, Associate Director to Marianne Elliot on the National Theatre’s revival of Angels in America, will follow in September. Set in 1998, this world premiere by James Corley explores war, single parenthood and sexulaity in the late nineties.

Other highlights include V.E. by Felix O’Brien, a lesbian love story set at the height of the London Blitz in World War II; Mark Starling’s Target Man, which tackles homophobia in Premier League football; and Fine and Dandy, a music hall farce based on the life of non-binary Jewish immigrant Ernest Faigele Fine and first performed at the King’s Head Theatre in 1999.

The King’s Head Theatre’s Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, said: “Queer work is a vital aspect of our programme; we’re committed to being a space where queer lives are explored, and queer artists have a voice. With a range of pieces covering same-sex female relationships, bisexuality and gender-fluidity we’ve worked hard to make this our most inclusive season yet, headlined by two queer plays from one of the world’s most influential dramatists, Tennessee Williams.”


Southern Belles by Tennessee Williams – Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, August 24 at 7pm (3pm matinees). Tickets: £10 – £29.50.

Schlong Song by Woody Shticks – Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28 at 9pm (5pm matinees). Tickets: £18 – £19.50.

V.E. by Felix O’Brien – Sunday, July 28 and Monday, July 29 at 7pm. Tickets: £15 – £18.

Mating in Captivity by Oliver Page – Tuesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 4 at 9pm (5pm matinees). Tickets: £12 – £15.

Refract by Kate Reid – Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5. Tickets: £15 – £18.

Fine & Dandy by Sue Frumin – Tuesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 11 at 9pm (5pm matinees). Tickets: £15 – £18.

How We Begin by Elisabeth Lewerenz – Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12 at 7pm. Tickets £15 – £18.

The Stones by Kit Brookman – Tuesday, August 13 to Sunday, August 18 at 9pm (5pm matinees). Tickets: £15 – £18.

Vacillate by Amy Chiswell – Sunday, August 18 and Monday, August 19 at 7pm. Tickets: £15 – £18.

Target Man by Mark Starling – Tuesday, August 20 to Saturday, August 24 at 9pm (5pm matinees). Tickets: £15 – £18.

World’s End by James Corley – Tuesday, August 27 to Saturday, September 21 at 7pm (3pm matinees). Tickets: £10 – £29.50.