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.





Summer Shorts
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2nd September - 6th September 2014 7.30pm £7
 SUMMER SHORTS

Three fantastic short plays in one evening.

Never Smile, Never Wave by Ken Jaworowski
Directed by James Wren Starring Katharine Bennett-Fox
A girl sits alone in a bar waiting for a man she owes a new shirt to... A funny and poignant one-hander.

A Weekend in Filey by Jennifer Fell Hayes
Directed by Tim McArthur. Starring Madeleine MacMahon & Andy McLeod
A couple that barely know each other have a difficult decision to make... A beautifully written piece about love, courage and commitment.

Luck of The Draw by Ken Jaworowski
Directed by James Wren. Starring Karina Cornell
A woman has just won the lottery, the world is her oyster now, right?... A bitter sweet comedy about how we see our lives.

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Box office opens 30 minutes before the show. Latecomers may not be admitted.
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The TWO MIKES LIVE
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5th September 9.30pm £10.00
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!

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime with photo ID only.

Management reserves the right to refuse entry if there any suspicion that tickets have been sold on for profit
 
Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.

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Frankie Boyle: Work in Progress (Reprieve)
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10th, 17th - 19th Sept 7.30pm £10
Frankie Boyle is doing some shows at The Hen and Chickens to try out some new jokes.

It's 10 quid and lasts about an hour.

Proceeds from the shows will go to the charity Reprieve.

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime with photo ID only. Tickets go on sale the day before each show at 11am. There are only 50 tickets available per performance.

Management reserves the right to refuse entry if there any suspicion that tickets have been sold on for profit
 
Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.

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The Monotonous Drum: The Minty Crimples
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11th & 12th Sept 9.30pm £8.50
After a successful debut performance during Women in Theatre Festival, Etcetera Theatre, in March and an even bigger, even better run as part of Camden Fringe 2014; Sophie Porter, Paul Shears, Melody Ashman & co. - AKA The Minty Crimples - are bringing their unique, fierce, multi-media production, The Monotonous Drum, to Hen & Chickens Theatre this September.

Originally a poem, The Monotonous Drum is an urgent, spoken word, theatrical performance intercut with increasingly self aware film, exploring the overarching question: "when will we [women] be taken seriously?".

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.

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Welcome to Tiddleminster - One Hell of a Timeshare Opportunity
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11th & 12th Sept 7.30pm £6.50
Welcome to Tiddleminster - One Hell of a Timeshare Opportunity

Join petty crook and snake oil salesman Christopher Cantrill as he pitches you a unique timeshare on the mysterious island of Tiddleminster. You'll get to know the culture, fauna and populace who'll make this a chance you won't want to pass up. There'll probably be a séance too.

Book your ticket now for an unforgettable evening of comedy, storytelling and Microsoft PowerPoint '97. Warning: show contains mild peril and is not suitable for people sensitive to flashing lights or those who are allergic to nuts and vaporised amphetamine

On sale Here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office. Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers. 

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HUMOURMONGERY
By Mark Little & Friends
14th Sept, 12th Oct & 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”

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

Concession tickets must show proof of discount when picking up tickets or pay full price. Over 18's only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.

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Sean Hughes in Penguins
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16th September 7.30pm £11.50
Sean Hughes is back on tour  following a critically acclaimed   and audience packed run of his new  show ‘Penguins’ at The Edinburgh Fringe .Sean was awarded the Herald Angels Award for Best Comedy show.

This is a show so full of surprises, and hidden twists and recurring themes that you find yourself mapping it out hours later. Sean takes us back to his Dublin upbringing and the, at times, utter awkwardness of teenage life Weaving in his family, his school days and the business of friendship and tying it all in to the present. It’s brilliant and multi-layered –and it really is up there with his Perrier award winning show A One Night Stand. Why does society tell us how to behave and react? What does it have to do with Penguins? Buy a ticket and all will be revealed.

“For quick laughs look elsewhere, but for something that leaves more of an impression. Hughes is your man “   Chortle ****  August 2013

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Soggy Brass 2
By Velvet Trumpet
19th & 20th Sept 9.30pm £6.00
Two soaking wet nights of brand new comedy writing, showcasing some of the finest funny talent London theatre has to offer. Featuring Velvet Trumpet's latest production 'Thames Cop'. Let us touch your funny bones.

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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STEPHEN FOSTER- EXCESS GAGGAGE
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21st September 9.30pm £8
Stephen Foster star of Sky1's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and 'My Big Fat Middle Class Street' is back with his brand new stand up show 'Excess Gaggage.' This show is jam packed with all Stephens new one liners, some fluffy, some filthy! Stephen has been described as 'Tim Vine meets Jimmy Carr in a refreshing format' in terms of his style. This year sees Stephen embark on his most ambitious project so far, a solo tour of the UK. If you like dead pan and one liners, this show is not to be missed!

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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STILL THE BEATING OF MY HEART
By Theatrical Niche Ltd
5th & 6th Oct 7pm £10/8.50
A selection of classic Ghost stories, in a thrilling new adaptation by Theatrical Niche Ltd.

Let the foremost writers of all time pin you to your seat this Autumn, as Theatrical Niche tour age-old ghost stories with a modern kick. Literary genius from the likes of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe and M. R. James will be showcased in full technicolour, using electrifying physical theatre and blood-curdling storytelling techniques.

The most terrifying of tales have been hand-selected in an artfully choreographed production to both scintillate and terrify. In the run up to Halloween, we bring you STILL THE BEATING OF MY HEART; classic tales from throughout our history and heritage, brought to you in a uniquely creepy show that will have you looking over their shoulders until All Saints Day.

Witness the little-told but beautifully crafted stories from the UK and beyond in this brilliant mixture of theatre-craft and pure scare-mongering. New adaptations by both Knapton and Twigg revitalise the work for a modern audience whilst maintaining the undeniable horror at their very core. We take the audience further into a world of darkness and lost souls utilising Knapton’s unique direction and exquisite physical theatre, showcasing leading acting talent from London.

STILL THE BEATING OF MY HEART is the sixth tour for Theatrical Niche Ltd, following on from our critically acclaimed version of Blood Wedding, in conjunction with Arts Council England.
Suitable for Ages 12+

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The Proposal/To Be a Wife 2 same-sex marriage comedies
By Goblin Baby Theatre Co.
7th - 11th Oct 7.30pm, Tues - Sat 7.30pm, Sat Mat 3pm, £9 online £10 on the door
In response to the legislations allowing same-sex marriage in the UK & alongside the widely discussed discrimination of LGBT people in Russia, we are giving Anton Chekhov's one-act-classic ‘The Proposal' a new twist by turning it into a futuristic farce about same-sex marriage. To complete our comedy-double-bill we will also present a brand new play about same-sex marriage by Tilly Lunken called 'To Be a Wife'.

Anton Chekhov’s freely adapted One-Act-Farce THE PROPOSAL, directed by Joe Allan
Well, in Russia 2114 Ivana has come to propose marriage to Stepan's daughter Natalya. However, she only gets into a succession of pointless arguments with Natalya, involving boundary disputes and dogs. Stepan's contributions to the flow of events are no help to the situation either; nor is Ivana's hypochondria. To make matters even more complicated, Ivana is a woman proposing to another woman!

& Tilly Lunken’s brand new play TO BE A WIFE, directed by Tessa Hart
Well, in England 1814 Iris loves Bel but is married to Roddy.
Then, in 1914 Bel marries Roddy but of course she loves Iris (really and truly)!
And then in 2014, Bel loves Iris and can marry Iris and Iris loves Bel and can marry Bel and neither marries Roddy as he's most emphatically not in want of a wife!

Goblin Baby Theatre Co. is a London-based activist theatre company not afraid to address taboos and set out to challenge the confines of conventional theatre. Our aim is to create thought-provoking productions that have the potential to raise social awareness as well as to expose and question the world and society we live in. www.goblinbaby.com

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime.
 
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Stuart Laws: When\'s This Gonna Stop?
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16th Oct 9.30pm £5
Missed Stuart Laws in Edinburgh - Don't worry - see him here.

Reviews from The Edinburgh Festival 2014
“a confident performance of confident material...the repetition of quirky phrases act like a chorus you enjoy hearing time and again.” Chortle

“laughs come thick & fast…definitely one to watch" Fest

Stuart's 2014 stand-up comedy show; with catchphrases, lebkuchen, helium, gibbons, Billy Joel, volcanoes, THEME PARK RIDES, spiders and Donnie Darko.

“There are loads of ideas and inventive gags Littered throughout the show. Some bits bleed into Others, and repetitions of certain words become increasingly hilarious...had everyone in the room laughing, and led to a big crowd-pleasing ending.” Short Com

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Les Moqueurs / Les Maux Coeurs
By Chrysale Mariette
19th October 7pm £10
Les Moqueurs / Les Maux coeurs - from Chrysale Mariette
Artistic Director: Chrysale Mariette

A play in French by Tamise En Scene's students.
Nine kidnapped people, blindfolded, taped, tied and bound, are now confined in a small dark room. Why? Their mockery of others! And thus the beginning of an adventure for our confused victims ...

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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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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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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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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L’Atelier
By Jean-Claude Grumberg
2nd & 3rd Nov 7pm £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

On sale here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime.
 
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Walking Through Wire by Gary Kittle
By We Are Society Theatre Productions
11th - 15th Nov, Tues to Sat 6.45pm, £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.

A ‘We Are Society Theatre Productions’ presentation.

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