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Festivals & Awards

Did you know that the King's Head Theatre programmes two festivals and runs a new writing award? Scroll down to find out more.

Playmill | 12 - 24 July 2021

Playmill is back for 2021! Our festival of new work returns this summer to showcase the UK’s most exciting and ambitious emerging companies. 

What's On

Queer Season | 28 July - 22 August 2021

Established in 2015, the Queer Season is a celebration of the most interesting and innovative LGBTQIA+ theatre being created in the UK, featuring revivals alongside premieres of brand new work. Shows from previous years have progressed and transferred with incredible success; our 2017 production of Kevin Elyot’s Coming Clean went on to have two West End runs.

The Queer Season is a mix of curated programming from the King’s Head Theatre and work found through an open submissions process. We feature a range of different pieces, from one-off performances to 4-week runs. 

Adrian Pagan Award

Adrian Pagan was a Stage Manager for 10 years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate Award in 1996, going on to be staged at the Pleasance and Bush Theatres. The Award was established after his tragic death at the age of 39 to recognise unconventional routes into writing for the stage. Every other year, a play is selected to receive a full production at the King's Head Theatre.

The current winner of the Adrian Pagan Award is Charles Entsie for No Strings Attached.

Previous winners include:

  • 2014 - Dead Party Animals by Thomas Pickles
  • 2016 - Russian Dolls by Kate Lock
  • 2018 - Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Nessah Muthy

Stella Wilkie Award

East 15 Acting School students studying on the 3-year Contemporary Theatre course present two seasons of new plays each year called the Debut Festival. Debut Spring is text based and Debut Summer is devised work. The King's Head Theatre Artistic Director and Associates attend all plays and choose a winner, who is awarded the King's Head Theatre & East 15 Stella Wilkie Debut Award.

  • 2020 - Blue Beneath My Skin
  • 2019 - I Lost My Virginity to Chopin's Nocturne in B-Flat Minor
  • 2018 - Splinter by Molly Byrne
  • 2017 - Yvette by Urielle Klein-Mekongo, directed by Meriel Hinsching
  • 2016 - Buzz by Fat Rascal Theatre
  • 2015 - SN1 Wilts by Neo Mothola, directed by Gabrielle Ciambrone 
  • 2014 - A* by Luke Taylor
  • 2013 - Sandpits Avenue