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Award for Upper Street pub theatre ahead of 50th birthday

01 November, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Fiona English from the King’s Head Theatre

AN ANGEL pub theatre was crowned the top of its kind at an award ceremony.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, artistic director at the King’s Head Theatre in Upper Street, said he was “absolutely delighted” that his pub was named London Pub Theatre of the Year at an award ceremony at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre on Sunday.

The King’s Head was praised for its “outstand­ing track record for nurturing theatre talent” by the London Pub Theatre Magazine, which organises the award, and for their “commitment to opera and queer theatre”.

Mr Spreadbury-Maher, whose pub theatre turns 50 next year and is planning to move to a new space in the Islington Square development, a stone’s throw away, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We passionately believe that the future of British theatre is forged in pub venues and studios.”

He added: “They are the spaces in which everyone, on stage and off, take their first steps and in which industry wide change is cultivated.”

He said he was kicking off “the most momentous year in our history” with a “fantastic” spring season.

Runners up for the award included The Hope Theatre, which is also in Upper Street, and the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley.

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