Welcome to Hen & Chickens
The Hen & Chickens Theatre

The Hen & Chickens Theatre is a beautiful intimate venue with 54 individual raked seats in a black box end on space. It is upstairs in the cosy Victorian pub the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar on Highbury corner. The Box office and stairs to the theatre are straight ahead as you enter the bar.

This wonderful venue has been established for over 25years and has an excellent reputation. We welcome all kinds of shows at the Hen & Chickens, hosting new writing, comedy, classic theatre, rehearsed readings, scratch nights, musicals and two months of Edinburgh previews every year. Unrestricted View, the resident Production Company have been producing shows and programming visiting companies for the last fifteen years. Unrestricted View is run for and by actors, and we are committed to helping you have the most productive, fun, and inspiring time at our venue.

The shows at the Hen & Chickens are selected for their fun, relevance, humour, writing, quality of actors and directors, the promise of exciting companies, innovation, exploration of ideas, and enjoyment. We tend to veer towards light hearted productions, but as we have a gorgeous intimate black box space, what we really want to do, is our best to support producers/performers striving for excellence in their field.

The theatre is well known for friendliness, atmosphere, and good times.
We have an excellent relationship with the pub and many an evening we can find the performers celebrating their artistic successes with their audience in the warmth of the candlelit bar. The Hen & Chickens Bar is well stocked with fine wines and an extensive list of beers and specialised spirits. Freshly cooked bar food is available.

You can book for all our shows online (please see individual links. For any information regarding booking the theatre, or seeing any of our shows please call the office on 020 7704 2001 and leave a message.





Mark Smith: Work in Progress
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20th Oct 9.30pm £5
Following a sell out debut Edinburgh run Mark Smith returns with a brand new work in progress show. He'll be talking about tattoos, foamburst and ways to improve himself. There's also a couple of dick jokes..

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Henry von Stifle: Working Class Hero (With a Valet)
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20th & 21st Oct 7.30pm £5
A silly and idiotic character comedy show in which Henry von Stifle aims to make every single audience member 8.7% more intelligent with just his brain power, charm and trusted valet, Spencer.

''Jeeves and Wooster if played by Vic and Bob' **** - ShortCom

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Marigold
By Sophie Pelham
22nd October 7.30pm £5
Sophie Pelham (Miranda BBC) returns to The Hen and Chickens for 2 nights with her one women show Marigold following her success at this summers Edinburgh Festival.
 
“Fantastically Funny” ****(Broadwaybaby.com)
 
“Extremely funny, poignant and insightful” (The Stage)
 

Pelham gives a beguiling solo performance”
(The Scottish Herald)
 
“Marigold has an IQ of 212, a social-awareness of 0 and 1 big mission: to travel to Berlin to be with her new best friend Angela Merkel. So Marigold has decided to leave the small Wiltshire Village she grew up in for the first time, save for an over-night stay in Salisbury curtsey of John’s Mobile Library. With her inability to tell a lie coupled with a forensic obsession for detail and an encyclopaedic knowledge of useless facts, Marigold gives a hilarious and poignant insight into her world of infertile cows, Merkel, ham, and her life in the “Village”.
www.marigoldisbusy.com

@marigoldisbusy

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Eddie Argos - I Formed a Band
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22nd October 2014 9.30pm £10
 Eddie Argos grew up fantasising about being the singer in a band that would tour the world, despite the fact he can't really sing. Somehow he managed it and now he is going to tell you how. Heartwarming story or cautionary tale ?  You be the judge.

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Box office opens 30 minutes before the show and tickets need to be picked up within 15 minutes.

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Anti-White PC Mangina ACTIVATE: The thoughts of Chairman LMAO
By Dick Coughlan
23rd October 8.00pm £7.50
Anti-White PC Mangina ACTIVATE: The thoughts of Chairman LMAO

Dick Coughlan's brand new extra long super deluxe 35th birthday stand up comedy bonanza jamboree extravaganza special live one night only show...part 3

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The TWO MIKES LIVE
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24th Oct 9.30pm £10
 THE TWO MIKES are Britain’s brightest radio presenters. Porky Parry and Mikey Graham light up the airwaves on TalkSPORT by bursting the ear-drums and blowing the socks off their listeners. Now the boys are going to be live and in person in front of you. And within punching distance!

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The LYNN Project - a new free form concept event from the creators of Bob and Jim
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24th Oct 7.30pm £5
The hour long "show" will feature a range of European and global styles. Includes drinking. 'Truly inspired' (British Comedy Guide). 'I laughed like a loon' (Fringe Guru). 'Superb comic timing' (Funny Women).

www.bobandjim.co.uk

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Unveiled
By Written Foundations.
26th & 27th Oct 7pm £7
Unveiled is the debut production from exciting new theatre company Written Foundations. It is a night of four short plays and one 100 word play chucked in for good measure. Introducing fantastic new writers Madhia Hussain, Jennie Westbrook, Anmarie Bowler and Safaa Benson-Effiom.


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Jody Kamali: One Man Variety Show
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28th Oct 7.30pm £6.50
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Character Comedian Jody Kamali brings his spectacularly ridiculous variety show to London. Featuring a plethora of acts to feast your eyes, this is a modern take on variety and vaudeville, performed by one idiot from Bristol.

Directed by Aitor Basauri of critically acclaimed clown theatre troupe 'Spymonkey'

'Kamali has an impressive range and keeps the audience well entertained' Broadway Baby

'A surreal and fun hour' Three Weeks

'His characters are well-conceived and his inherent charm is particularly winning' Edfringe Review

'Why, for example, has the Opera Singer got a Parrot on his shoulder?" Chortle

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Then
By Yve Blake
29th & 30th Oct 7.30pm £10, early bird £7.50

Yve Blake collects memories from strangers, and transforms them into music with 'Sheer ingenuity' (Timeout). Anyone in the world can submit a story to her interactive website WhoWereWe.com and so far people in 154 cities have.

Following runs at Soho Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre (SOLD OUT) 'THEN' makes its 5th return to London by popular demand.

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Have Jokes Will Travel by Rory O'Hanlon
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29th Oct 9.30pm £7/5
Strap in its joke time ,come join one of the the rising stars of Irish and UK comedy, Rory O'Hanlon, in this hilarious hour of non-stop gags. Known for his machine gun style of joke telling, this new show of brilliant observational stand up will have you rolling in the aisles.

‘A joke every 30 seconds’ (Irish Times).

‘Smart, funny, and charming’ (Skinny).

‘Truthful and entertaining’ (Three Weeks).

**** (One4Review.co.uk).

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Macabredy
By HT Theatre Company
30th, 31st Oct & 1st Nov 9.30pm £10
Have you ever been so scared… you laughed? Or been laughing so hard… you didn’t see the Axe Wielding Maniac behind you?

Then Macabredy is the show for you! A collection of short plays and sketches, sometimes creepy, always funny and often with a very dark twist in the tale.Macabredy - No trick, ALL TREAT!

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AKA Miss D
By Daphna Baram
31st Oct 7.30pm £6.50
Would you like to enjoy your first heart attack, dress for a suicide bombing and respond when your date wants to clean your house in the nude? Why is it hard to take one human life with an Uzi? Who is the most difficult client for a human rights lawyer? What to do when your brain screams ‘get out’ but your alter-ego is already in it up to her tits?

Daphna Baram, an Israeli comedian, lawyer, journalist, cardiac patient, and lifestyle guru tells it like it is.

"Not only a wonderful and hilarious performence, but an important one too" * * * * Broadway Baby
'A rollicking show' (HuffingtonPost.co.uk).
'Loud and vivacious' (ThreeWeeks).


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L’Atelier
By Jean-Claude Grumberg
2nd Nov 7pm, 3rd Nov 7.30pm £10
L’Atelier by Jean-Claude Grumberg
Artistic Director: Caroline Lena Olsson
A play in French by Tamise En Scene's students.
Paris between 1945 and 1952. Between laughter and tears, workers and owners of a small menswear workshop recount their lives in post war Paris. Many different life stories come to light, questions are raised….

More information available on www.TamiseEnScene.com
Tamise En Scene is teaching Theatre classes to more than 50 students every year. This show is the result of the students and teachers' work. For further information on the theatre classes, info@tamiseenscene.com

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Tinderbox
By Smoke & Oakum
4th - 8th Nov 7.30pm £11/9
Beneath the headquarters of Rowland ARS Bank, three hopeful activists meet, hell-bent on starting a revolution. Their ideals soon begin to crumble, however, when their carefully laid plans go drastically awry.

Smoke & Oakum presents a brand new, black comedy, Tinderbox, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Whilst there, the company received four star reviews and a nomination for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award.

‘Explodes into a frenzy of tension and confusion’ – PostScript Journal

'Serious issues of indoctrination, disillusionment, apathy and grief joined by a light-hearted humour’ – EdFringe Review

‘Enjoyable comic thriller...well delivered and genuinely surprising’ – Broadway Baby

‘The dynamics between the characters make for some great comedy as well as some sharp lines from the dialogue’ – Fringe Review

‘Brilliantly characterised...fizzing with energy' - Ed Fringe Review

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Plague of Idiots
By Plague of Idiots
4th - 22nd Nov, Tues - Sat 9.30pm £12/8
This autumn, for the first time in the history of the world, Plague of Idiots bring their simple, beautiful idiocy to London. A fist-full of clowns from France, Italy, Switzerland, England, and Australia, storm the Hen & Chickens with such ridiculousness you will never again question your own intelligence.

Think you know what clowns are? Think again. The red nose has a new face.


Preview tickets available for 4th - 6th Nov.

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Concession tickets must show proof of eligibility at the box office or pay full price. All tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Chasing Shadows: the Tinker Bell Effect
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9th November 2014 7.30pm £7
 Today’s society is saturated with countless young men who embody the “Peter Pan Complex”... but what about the young women who resist the road to adulthood? This coming-of-age story follows Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, as they give up their wings and Never Land for a chance to become “real women” in New York City. Filled with sass, magic, and some hilariously heartbreaking realities of life as we turn 30, Chasing Shadows asks, “What would you give up, to grow up?”
Written and directed by New York playwright Christina Morelli, and loosely based on the relationship between J.M. Barrie’s beloved duo Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, the play explores how we change, how we let go, and how we are forever haunted by the shadows of those we’ve loved. This one-night only performance will be a staged reading sprinkled with a bit of pixie dust.

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Walking Through Wire by Gary Kittle
By The Irish Network of Dramatic Arts’ (INDA UK)
11th - 15th Nov, Tues to Sat 6.45pm, Sat Mat 2.15pm, £12.50/10.50 conc
How can you thrive in a society prejudiced against you? Hans, a homosexual in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, thinks he can. And in post-war Britain, famous code-breaker Alan Turing thinks he can too. Each must slice through the sharpened barbs of a centuries’ old intolerance.

But for some there can only ever be one side: outside.

An 'Irish Network of Dramatic Arts’ (INDA) UK presentation.

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HUMOURMONGERY
By Mark Little & Friends
16th Nov 8.30pm £11.50 & £6.50

Mark Little, known and loved for his work in Neighbours, The Big Breakfast, numerous Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and national tours, brings his brand of humour to the capital! ‘The Merry Prankster’ of comedy unleashes his inimitable mad-cap comedy nights on ‘The Chook’ in Highbury. Famous for his Comedy Phenomena ‘Thonk’ in Melbourne in the 90’s and ‘Boogie Woogie Beach Bum Bar’ in Brighton in the Naughties, Mark Little brings ‘HUMOURMONGERY’ to the early 21st Century ‘Chook’. (The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar)

A night of avante-garde Agit-Prop comedy filled with Entertainment, Insight and Laughs.‘HUMOURMONGERY’ gives Mark Little the chance to push the envelope of contemporary comedy to a ‘modern thinking’ audience. ‘HUMOURMONGERY’ also gives Little the chance to showcase new and exciting avante-garde comedy performers in a good old fashioned atmosphere of Hilarity and Revolution. Vintage meets the NEW.

See your favourite soap star on his soap-box in an hilarious lather! THREE SHOWS ONLY! Music, Comedy, Poetry, Theatre, Guests, Prizes, Risks…yes, there will be Boris Dancing at the Circus of Dissent

House Band Dance, Competition, Smoke Machine, #secret meeting: (throwing stones at robots) and “Joe Mangle and the Dickheads”

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Mike Shephard: M*ther of all Parliaments
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23rd Nov 7.30 & 24th Nov 9.30pm £7.50

Mike Shephard: M*ther of all Parliaments ‘4 stars... Well-timed punchlines and endearing self-awareness’ - ThreeWeeks

Having written for BBC Radio 4, NewsRevue, The Comedians Theatre Company and the award-winning Tin Can Podcast, Mike takes on the baffling history of the Westminster parliament with wit, rage and twisted logic. Political intrigue, medieval violence and thepost-colonial implications of Babar the Elephant are all up fordebate, along with his own place in the world.

History, politics and personal loss. What more do you want? A vote on it? Catch Mike Shephard for an impeccably written hour of Stand up –mostly historically accurate, sometimes idiosyncratic and alwayshilarious.

‘Shephard brings an energy and the ability to put the emphasis on the correct syllable that would make anyone laugh’ - Jeannie Jameson, Remotegoat

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CHEEKYKITA and MR DINNER present DEAD GHOST STAR
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26th Nov 9.30pm £6.50
The new show from ‘wonderful, silly, surreal’ (Edfringe ★★★★) Cheekykita (aka Sonja Quita Doubleday) and ‘thoroughly entertaining and wholly unique’ (List ★★★★) Mr Dinner (aka Donal Coonan).

Following an award winning (Inspiration Award for Best New Work) sell-out run at the Prague Fringe ‘which had people in stitches’ (Prague Post), Cheekykita and Mr Dinner bring their unique blend of stupidity to Edinburgh.
 
'Cheekykita, loud and bonkers, is an anarchic delight. A funny and endearing character, like Les Dawson and tinfoil put through a new millennium blender.’ Broadway Baby
‘Donal Coonan is like a strange uncle.’ Radio Times

 
Dead Ghost Star mixes physical comedy, storytelling, science and philosophy to tell the entire history of space: from the Big Bang to the first human ever…from a million year old star to its death… and its afterlife. Featuring ‘brilliant audience interaction …trilingual alien interviews, space dust, lizard ballet and a dead ghost star’ (Broadway Baby).
 

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God Created Brixton by Amadeus Martin
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28th - 30th Nov 9.30pm £7/5
Award-winning comedian Amadeus Martin takes you on a journey through Brixton urban legends, anecdotes and observations, from the failed Viking Invasion of 885AD, the Victorian Era of 1885, and his God-fearing mother’s villainy in the 1985 riots.

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Iain Lee Vs Radio
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2nd & 6th Dec 7.30pm £10
Award winning radio presenter Iain Lee picks some of his favourite moments from the history of the wireless. I know, it sounds deathly dull, but honestly, it isn't. Why did Nicky Campbell drop himself in it when talking about foxes? What do callers to local radio REALLY think about Mayor Boris Johnson and surely old lady professors know what you can and what you most definitely can't say on the radio?

Despite appearing on radio (Five Live, Radio 4, XFM, BBC 3 Counties) and TV (The 11 O'Clock Show, This Morning, Big Brothers Bit On The Side) for over 15 years, this is Iain's first solo show and is very much a work in progress. Should be a right laugh though.

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