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.





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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Marco Polo?
By Rough Haired Pointer
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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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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Foil Arms and Hog - Loch\'d
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3rd & 4th Dec 7.30pm £12
Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato. You racist. Ireland's top comedy trio have over 4 million hits on YouTube and have sold out the Edinburgh Fringe for six consecutive years. They recently completed a world tour of festivals including Chicago, San Francisco and Adelaide, where they won a Fringe Comedy Award.

Their act is a unique blend of sketch comedy and stand-up with wickedly twisted characters, unpredictable scenes and high energy performances. Not to be missed.

'An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines' (Chortle.co.uk).

'It's original, well-written and really, really funny' (Kevin Bridges).

***** (Entertainment.ie) ***** (StageWon) ***** BroadwayBaby

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La FBI: Royal Rumble
By La FBI
4th Dec 9.30pm £6
The FBI has gathered their most courageous special agents, endowed with supernatural improvisational skills, to brave the most dangerously hilarious missions! Yes ladies and gentlemen, our agents, divided in 4 teams of 3 agents, will face each other and will risk their lives before your eyes! Only one improviser of the winning team will be able to win this “Royal Rumble 2014” (ok we might be exaggerating a bit here, but you get the gist of it?!)

Come and make this evening unique! A baguette breaking, exhilarating show you wouldn’t want to miss! * Show performed in French *

La FBI a réuni ses agents spéciaux les plus courageux, dotés de pouvoirs d’improvisation super naturels, afin de braver les missions les plus dangereusement hilarante ! Oui, mesdames et messieurs, nos agents, divisés en 4 équipes de 3, s’affronterons et risquerons leur vies devant vos yeux. Un seul improvisateur de l’équipe gagnante ne pourra remporter ce « Royal Rumble 2014 »

(Ok il se peut que l’auteur de ce texte soit marseillais, mais t’as compris le coup ?!) Viens rire à t’en casser la baguette! Le show de cette fin d’année que tu ne souhaiterais manquer pour rien au monde!

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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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Some Like it Hoots
By In Cahoots
5th & 10th Dec 7.30pm £6.50
Award winning sketch duo In Cahoots return from the Edinburgh Fringe with their critically acclaimed show ‘Some Like it Hoots’.Their inventive, riotously funny sketches and clever/idiotic characters made them a word of mouth Edinburgh sell-out hit.

Expect bold, contemporary comedy from a uniquely British duo.

‘Geniuses of double act comedy’ ★★★★★ – Broadway Baby


‘Superb duo’ ★★★★★ – Black Diamond FM

‘Simply hilarious’ ★★★★★ – Three Weeks

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Absolute & Almost Beginners Comedy Course Showcase
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7th Dec 6.30pm & 8.15pm £6.50
Stand Up & Deliver present:

Absolute & Almost Beginners Comedy Course showcase, compered by Ronnie Rigsby


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Celia Pacquola and Felicity Ward Do New Material
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8th Dec 7pm £6
URGENT: We need a select group of comedy super agents, in audience form. CELIA PACQUOLA (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Russell Howard's Good News, Seann Walsh's Late Night Comedy Spectacular, Don't Sit In The Front Row) and FELICITY WARD (Russell Howard's Good News, The Inbetweeners 2 Movie) have some new material and they need to know if it is funny enough to say it to other people!! YOU. ARE. THAT. PERSON. They thought it would be more fun if they do it on the same night and take turns.

Like with any Union there is a membership fee (£6) to cover the costs of seats, stage & MI5 security.

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Pierre Novellie is 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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Laughing Stock
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9th Dec 9.30pm £6.50
Irreverent. Unnerving. Pointless.

Following their sell-out show ‘K.I.S.S.’ at the Camden Fringe, Laughing Stock bring you an evening of material old and new, some of it borrowed, a lot of it blue. Formed in 2014, this comedy foursome are currently on their ‘Winter Tour’ of central London, honing their specialised brand of silliness for a debut foray into Scotland in 2015.

LaughingStock

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Tubespotting by Geoff Marshall
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10th Dec 9.30pm £10
Does Geoff have an unhealthy obsession with the London Tube? He likes to think so, but please don’t call him a train spotter. Instead, revel in the story of this metrosexual’s passion with the Tube and how over 12 years of Tube challenging has led him to struggle to understand why he does this and accept his accolade of being Guinness World Record holder for travelling in the fastest time around the whole of the Underground.

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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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Velvet Trumpet Presents: Soggy Christmas
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12th Dec 9.30pm £7
For one night only, the soggiest Christmas you've ever had! Once again Velvet Trumpet have assembled the best in new comedy writing for London's theatrical pleasure at the Hen & Chickens.

And a-thank you madam.4 brand new festive comedy shorts in 1 night. Hand-picked. Fresh from the comedy oven. Christmas never smelt this good.…oh and did we perchance fail to mention the inclusion of a Yuletide raffle??!! Included free in the ticket price??!!

Presents for all we say! Well...one or two of you at least. Oh stop it now, you're spoiling us.

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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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Changing State by Tian Glasgow
By New Slang Productions
3rd - 14th Feb, Tues - Sat at 7pm, and Sat Mat 2.30pm £13.50/£10.00
"One in 10 young British 'have nothing to live for'" - The Guardian, Jan 2014

In an election year the topic of the affect of a recession on youth mental health is at fever pitch. Spiralling unemployment and expensive universities causing a loss of ambition, self-esteem and a decline into depression for predominantly working-class youth.

CHANGING STATE is a darkly comic coming-of-age story set in inner city London. Three of the characters cling to the hope that the uncertainty and confusion of adolescence will clear but having returned from university one of them knows that it is a long road. As they navigate the pitfalls of modern life, they must realise that mistakes big and small are the only way forward.

CHANGING STATE is another stylised performance piece brought to you by New Slang Productions team. Their second full production since Silver Shores (2012) staged in the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.

Praise for Silver Shores:

"... a real strength of the writing was character. Each of the four men we encountered was drawn well; I believed in their humanity...this is a well performed, elegant and important show. It will stay in your head like the beat of a drum."
Jessica Edwards - A Younger Theatre"

The true gems in this piece are the built-up soundscapes of African drumming, heavy breathing and dragged feet exercising in shackles…"
Callie Swarbrick - British Theatre Guide

"Silver Shores is a fine production; it tells a good story very well indeed. As producer, writer and director, Tian Glasgow proves to be a triple threat…"
Keji Dalemo - Afridiziak Theatre News

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