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.





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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Chasing Shadows: the Tinker Bell Effect
By
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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Marco Polo
By Rough Haired Pointer
17th, 24th Nov & 1st Dec 7.00pm £8
 

RUSTICHELLO: The East was monstrous races – one legged Sciopods who used their foot as a parasol, Blemmyai with faces in their chests, the Panotii who slept in their giant ears… (excited at the prospect)  Did you see them?

 

MARCO POLO: No, bollocks all of it. I saw maybe one unicorn. One.

 

You think you know Marco Polo? Legendary explorer?  Great story teller? Discovered China? Rough Haired Pointer return to The Hen and Chickens to show you what bollocks all of that is with a new play by Matt Osman.

 

The man himself is languishing in prison, captured in a sea battle, when a new cellmate is introduced, Romance writer Rustichello. Together they decide to record the details of Marco’s travels with the help of two Spanish prisoners before Marco’s memories are consumed by Alzheimer’s. In this new farce four actors take an audience on a journey through Europe and Asia - an explosion of memory, colour, place and character - to the court of Kublai Khan and back to Venice again in a race against time.

 

Marco Polo? will be developed and presented over a period of 3 weeks: the weeks in between performances are used by the company to further develop the work, learning from the rehearsals, audience engagement and feedback.

Rough Haired Pointer’s past work includes the World Premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred & Madge (The Hope Theatre), The Diary Of A Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith (White Bear and King’s Head Theatres), The Boy Who Cried by Matt Osman (The Hope & Tabard Theatres) and The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford (The Hen and Chickens).

Matt Osman’s previous work includes The Boy Who Cried which premiered at The Hope Theatre in March 2014 and then transferred to The Tabard.

 

Praise for Rough Haired Pointer’s previous productions

‘Audacious… violently original’ The Telegraph

 

Great fun.’ The Times

 

‘Fiercely original and sharply funny.’ TimeOut

 

‘An admirably bold company’ The Stage

 

One of the most inventive and entertaining new theatre companies out there.’ Exeunt

 

An insanely talented group of individuals, all of whom click together on stage like clockwork.’ London City Nights

 

There are positively no holds barred with this insane and thoroughly entertaining group of players.’ Islington Gazette


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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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The Suicide
By Yet Another Theatre Company
25th - 29th November Tues to Sat 7pm, and Friday mat 3pm £12/10
Rest In Peace? HA! Chance would be a fine thing. A man can't even willingly blow his own brains out without someone interfering these days. Poor Semyon Semyonovich. With his last chance at salvation lying in the horn of a tuba, it doesn't look like he'll be resting in peace any time soon.

This is a rather dark and farcical tale. Not too dissimilar from Dickens' A Christmas Carol... in that there's a few unexpected visitors who all want something from a grumpy bloke. And everyone has terrible taste in pyjamas.  



Come and see Yet Another Theatre Company bring Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide to life at The Hen and Chickens theatre 25th-29th November. You might just die laughing.

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CHEEKYKITA and MR DINNER present DEAD GHOST STAR
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26th Nov 9.30pm £6.50
A weird and wonderful double act of surreal, whimsical and thoroughly endearing comedy’
Broadway Baby ★★★★

 
Fresh from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘wonderful, silly, surreal’ (Edfringe ★★★★) Cheekykita (aka Sonja Quita Doubleday) and ‘thoroughly entertaining and wholly unique’ (List ★★★★) Mr Dinner (aka Donal Coonan) bring their award-winning (Prague Inspiration Award for Best New Work) space-based show to The Hen & Chickens Theatre on 26th November 2014.

Over the course of 50 minutes, these two ‘COMPLETE IDIOTS’ (Foster’s Award Winner, Dr Brown) take the audience on a trip to space and beyond and (maybe) bring them back to Earth. Along the way, they’ll meet aliens, a moon-smoothing technician, the first man on Earth and a talking dead ghost star.
 
‘Like Spike Milligan on MDMA… it’s enjoyably batshit, child-friendly gibberish, for those who like an astral flight of fantasy into the very weird’
The List

‘Had people in stitches’
Prague Post
 
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.

‘Coonan and Doubleday are in tune to a melody most of us have never heard’
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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A Winter\'s Scale
By Scales of The Unexpected
30th Nov 7.30pm & 1st Dec 9.30pm £9.00
Christmas comes early! Celebrate the start of the season with A Winter's Scale 2014.

Winners of Sky 1's TV talent show Don't Stop Me Now, Scales of the Unexpected invite you to join them as they dust off their baubles for the most wonderful time of the year. Let the Scales Boys part the flaps on your advent calendar to reveal a hilarious evening full to the brim with madcap medleys, deranged dancing and heroic harmonies.

Scales of the Unexpected are a terrific act - properly funny as well as being great singers. David Mitchell and Victoria Coren-Mitchell

guaranteed to make you forget all your worries. Nicola Bonn, Heart FM

hilarious. Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

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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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The TWO MIKES LIVE
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5th Dec 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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Pierre Novellie: Mighty Peter
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9th Dec 7.30pm £6
Pierre's highly anticipated Edinburgh debut lifts the lid on mythical giants, Medieval Welsh Law and yogurt. Pierre - South African born, and raised on the Isle of Man, won the Amused Moose Laugh-off 2013, and had the honour of being the first comedian to perform at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2014, Time Out 'One To Watch' 2014.

Sharp and smart... Hilariously memorable. Steve Bennett, Chortle.

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Snow Pony: A Christmas Special
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11th Dec 9.30pm £6.50
Eamon, everyone's favourite disillusioned pink pony is BACK!
This time he's got Christmas to cope with on top of everything else. Join "Breakthrough, Surreal sketch duo" LetLuce, for a super exclusive, one off Christmas special of their sell out Edinburgh hit "SHOW PONY".

“This breakthrough duo take the chaotic whimsy of The Boosh and raise it a notch or two...Lucy Pearman and Letty Butler sport the slick comic timing of long-serving professionals, but project the inventive charm of ingenues. Stardom beckons”  4* THE SUNDAY TIMES

“A shambling oddity, completely nonsensical yet an utter delight....too many moments of total brilliance” 4* THE LIST

“Skilful, joyful clowning..wonderfully funny...So goofy it’s glorious...one of the brightest new talents in world comedy..who’ll be making us laugh for years to come” THE GUARDIAN


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A Christmas Carol starring Stephen Bradley
By Charles Dickens
12th - 14th Dec 7.30pm £10/8.50
One Man takes on the Ultimate Christmas Tale in an amazing stage adaptation of Dickens's greatest Classic, conjuring up a variety of his most loved characters, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim."A Christmas Carol" tells the story of redemption, as Scrooge, a miser haunted by three spirits, seeks to amend the errors of his penny-pinching ways.

Starring Stephen Bradley (as seen in Sky TV's "Penny Dreadful"). See him take to the stage this Yuletide Season in the wonderfully intimate setting of The Hen & Chickens Theatre. For three nights only, audiences are invited to cuddle up, relax and enjoy this classic tale by candlelight.

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