Festival Spotlight: Festival 47 – An Intro to King’s Head Theatre’s new writing festival

Festival Spotlight: Festival 47 – An Intro to King’s Head Theatre’s new writing festival

To find out more about the festival launch, please see the accompanying news article.

10 July it all kicks off, Festival 47 – a new writing festival for emerging companies. The King’s Head Theatre, one of London’s most exciting Off West End venues, opens its doors to showcase original work by new, ambitious and innovative theatremakers.

Back for its third year, Festival 47 can provide the much-needed springboard on to future venues and even national tours:

“Last year, we were fortunate enough to host the first previews of Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Game Shows, the follow-up to the acclaimed, sell-out fringe production, Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho by Jon Brittain.” comments festival programmer Oscar French. A Poke In The Eye by Georgie Morrell transferred to the Soho Theatre whilst Old Trunk Theatre’s Pramkicker went on a national tour. Many shows go on the Edinburgh Fringe or return to the King’s Head Theatre for longer runs.”


Here at Culture By Night, we are incredibly excited by new work. So, over the next two weeks, we will be profiling each of the shows playing at the King’s Head Theatre and getting to know the next generation of theatre companies a bit more.

  • How are they feeling about the festival?
  • What are their future hope and dreams in this business?
  • What else have they seen recently that has made them sit up and pay attention?


Just to whet your appetite a bit more, see below for photos from some of the productions featured this year:

Has all this made you want to be a part of next year’s festival? Well, good news! Oscar tells you how:

“Production companies that want to apply for next year’s festival can do so on our website. The application portal will open for submissions in Autumn 2017. Companies will need to be able to commit to paying their actors in line with our in-house agreement with Equity. It can be work that’s been seen before (though no revivals of pre-existing plays) or brand new. We are looking for plays, comedy, musical theatre and storytelling.”


So, keep coming back to hear more about these emerging creatives and book tickets to their shows. I’ll leave Oscar to sum up this year’s festival:

Vibrant. Eclectic. Surprising. Fresh. Progressive. 


Festival 47 plays King’s Head Theatre from 11 – 22 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.