King’s Head Theatre on the move

Go-ahead for switch to state-of-the-art new home

Friday, 29th July — By Charlotte Chambers

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THE King’s Head Theatre has been granted planning permission to move into its brand new state-of-the-art home after planning chiefs praised it as one of Islington’s “crown jewels”.

The decision to grant the historic theatre permission for the new site came last week after delays to the project due to the pandemic.

The theatre opened in 1970 but will now see its capacity more than double to 250 seats when it moves to the neighbouring Islington Square development at 116 Upper Street.

The complex will also house shops and restaurants.

It was made possible in part by crowdfunding and an £800,000 grant from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Planning committee councillor Martin Klute told the meeting: “It is notable there are very, very few objections This will be one of three, arguably four, landmark theatres in the centre of Islington: Sadler’s wells, the Almeida and this theatre.

He added: “This is one of the crown jewels of Islington as it used to be and Islington as it will be in the future.”

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