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.





Three
By Hers and Hers
18th - 21st Aug 9.00pm £7/6
 Part of the Camden Fringe

A study of the nature of love and what defines us a lovers. Is love kind, is love true or is love even real? Over one night, Kit, Tabby, Edmund and the mysterious Alice are pushed to the edge of their own destruction as the realities of life become realised. The pathways to their adulthood are questioned and at sunrise, none are quite the same.

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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Dead in the Water - A Musical Tragicomedy
By Balls in the Air Productions
19th - 23rd Aug 7.30pm £10/8
Part of the Camden Fringe

The incredible true story of Operation Mincemeat, one of the most remarkable episodes in the Second World War is brought to life as a new musical.

In April 1943, the body of a British Major, washed up on a Spanish beach. Secret papers found on the body eventually led Hitler to divert defences from Sicily saving thousands of allied lives.

But the Major never really existed. The body was that of a destitute, homeless Welshman, Glyndwr Michael.

From this Tibbey and Sims weave a dark musical tragicomedy, with Glyn’s story told through fast paced dialogue, witty lyrics and haunting melodies.

Wickedly talented authors... Chicago Tribune
Tibbey and Sims have form when it comes to creating artful musicals... wittily entertaining! **** The Times

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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Too Far Right
By Parrot's Beak Theatre
19th - 21st Aug 6.00pm, 22nd & 23rd Aug 4.30pm £7/6
Part of the Camden Fringe

In response to the rapidly evolving, multi-cultural and multi-faith Britain, 'Too Far Right' raises one of the toughest debates woven into the fabric of our diverse society: how far can the right to freedom of speech extend before it becomes a threat to that society?

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Shadows
By Professional Help Productions
19th - 24th Aug 10.30pm £5
 Part of the Camden Fringe

A dramatic piece of new writing. Shadows, a one man show, asks questions of God, the universe, our politics, and explores the fears that can develop from not knowing what really is out there, behind the shadows, lurking in the dark... Designed by Andy Robinson, Shadows is ideal if you're looking for something a bit different at this years fringe.

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Botheration
By The Bearded Women
22nd & 23rd Aug 9.00pm £7.50/6
Part of the Camden Fringe

Roll up, roll up! Marvel at the wonder of…The Bearded Women!
Feel like part of the sideshow at the circus of life? Not sure how to seem like a proper grownup? Dan Green, Steph Peart & Andrew West know just how you feel.

This show doesn't have all the answers, but does have jokes, stories & patchy stubble. Comedy for and by malfunctioning adults.

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Foreseen
By Goblin Baby Theatre Co.
22nd - 24th Aug 6.00pm £8.50
 Part of the Camden Fringe

It's the end of the world as we know it!!!

Dark, comic & thought-provoking new short plays, imagining possible post-apocalyptic futures, based on our current world.

4-3-2-1... FORESEEN.

4 writers create original & topical short plays, portrayed by 3 actors, staged by 2 directors, for 1 hell of a show.

★★★★ "unusual and different" - Remotegoat


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The Scummy Mummies Show
By Ellie Gibson & Helen Thorn
23rd & 24th Aug 3.00pm £7
Part of the Camden Fringe

'The Scummy Mummies Show' is an hour of laughs for less-than-perfect parents. Ellie and Helen cover a wide range of parenting topics, from biscuit-based bribery to farting and fish fingers. Based on the No.1 Kids and Family podcast, as recommended by The Telegraph and featured on Radio 4. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!

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The Perceptionists
By
24th Aug 7.30pm £7/5
Part of the Camden Fringe

Journey into the surreal & ludicrous world of The Perceptionists, through the eyes of the flagrant characters from Basil Fawlty sent by the job centre to work on a cookery show hosted by ghosts, a detective séance to Inspector Clouseau at a speed-dating. Hilarity ensues.

Tammy Stone - Musical Comedy Awards 2013 & Golden Jester 2012 finalist. **** Scotsgay, Edinburgh 2010.

Jonathan Hansler - 2 x finalist in Hackney Empire NATY Awards. **** Three Weeks (Teakshow)

Jo Ball - "Comical & Kinky. Fun evening out!" UK Theatre Network (Farce Ghost). "I laughed a lot" Stephen Fry (of sketch The Tea Party)

Yasser Kayani - contributor to TV show The Lock-In.

Director Chris Head. Contributing Writers Neil Benson & Malcolm Smith & Mark Pinshon


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Frankie Boyle: Work in Progress (Reprieve)
By
25th - 31st Aug 7.30pm, 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
 
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Highland Game
By James Frecknall
27th & 28th August 9.30pm £10/8
You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe and put all to sword under seventy. Murder under trust. Is there anything more disturbing? This modern interpretation of the Massacre of Glencoe reminds us that life can never be taken for granted. The MacDonalds' or the Campbells', whose side are you on?

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PSHE Players Present: Big Issues
By
30th August 9.30pm £6.50
Hey kids! Enjoy theatre? Like education? LOVE Educational Theatre!

No? Well too bad it's compulsory. The PSHE Players are here to guide you through puberty! Walk in a boy and leave a man (or woman).

“A perfectly crafted piece that explains the ins and outs of growing up flawlessly” - Dan Gibbons, The PSHE Players

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The TWO MIKES LIVE
By
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.

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The Monotonous Drum: The Minty Crimples
By
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?".

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Welcome to Tiddleminster - One Hell of a Timeshare Opportunity
By
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

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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
By
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

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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.

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STEPHEN FOSTER- EXCESS GAGGAGE
By
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!

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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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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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