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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 | 13 - 26 July 2020

Playmill is our festival for new work. For two weeks every July, we open our doors to some of the UK's most exciting and ambitious emerging companies. This is a wonderful opportunity for companies who may be looking for a place to have London previews before Edinburgh or want to get work on its feet for the first time at one of London’s top Off-West End venues. We’re open to all styles and genres - drama, comedy, musical theatre, spoken word and everything in between! 

The 2019 Playmill season ran from Monday 8 to Saturday 20 July. Submissions are now closed and will open again for 2020 in December 2019.​

Queer Season | 28 July - 29 August 2020

The King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Season is a celebration of the most interesting and innovative LGBTQI+ theatre makers and pieces in Britain. Every year we programme a range of different pieces for everything from one-off performances through to full seasons. 

If you have a piece for consideration for 2020's Queer Season then please read our Production Proposals page for details of what to submit and how. 

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, which will be staged by the King's Head Theatre from 14 April - 2 May 2020.

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