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 and have been producing shows and programming visiting companies for the last thirteen 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.





The Silence, Obsession & More
By Peter Nicholson, Felicity Wren & Paul McKeown
19th April 3.30pm £9
 The Silence pays homage to Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and itstheme – the silence of God in the face of human suffering.Reinterpreting this theme in a modern way, through the random horror ofthe abduction of a young woman, the film explores ideas aboutabstraction and belief. The characters of The Man and The Girl play outboth real and metaphorical roles as the young woman tries to escape andthe narrative evolves through a naturalistic world into a state of subconsciousexpressionism.Forces of darkness and light struggle for control but can the victim’s fatebe swayed by The Figure? And is some form of redemption possible?The film features a cameo by 70s screen icon Susan George.



Obsession: True love knows no bound in this romantic tale of boy meets girl and the morning after the night before

by Dangerously Funny Productions



More short films to follow in this slot


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BLACK or WHITE, PEEKABOO, The Same Sky, The Same Rain & THANK YOU HATER!
By Polly Perkins, Chris Lince & Sandra Tabares-Duque
19th April 2014 7pm £9
BLACK or WHITE, PEEKABOO & THANK YOU HATER! (Polly Perkins & Chris Lince) - Shorts
19th April 7pm £9
Black or White: We asked a huge cross section of society the same list of simple either/or questions. How does a three year old white girl relate to the same neutral questions as a black male asylum seeker? Will they conform to stereotypes or surprise us with their answers?

Peekaboo: Emily and Andy have been trying for a baby for years. After three stillborn babies their world has been torn apart by grief. Having moved house to make a fresh start, Emily slips into a delusional state as a way of coping with her loss. Andy tries to help guide her through whilst privately struggling in his own way with the loss of his much wanted children, as well as the gradual loss of his wife as he becomes isolated from her world. Andy then takes drastic action to help Emily see the truth. But is their relationship strong enough to survive?

Thank You Hater!: Isabel Fay stars in this fantastic musical short.


THE SAME SKY, THE SAME RAIN
Director: Rosa Berned

"What is the city but the people".  (William Shakespeare, Coriolanus)

It is a rainy day in an East London. Rosa and Angela are on their way to work, as they walk and talk; their conversation reveals their attempts to fit into a new place and culture that seems to be their new home. With a comedy tone The Same Sky, The Same Rain is an unexpected revelation on immigration and what is lost along the way. 



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The Grandees
By
21st Apr, 12th May, 16th June, 14th & 21st July & 7.30pm. £6.50

Having returned from the Edinburgh festival with their smash hit show 'The The GrandeesWrong Side Of The Door', The Grandees have decide to set up camp at The Hen and Chickens with a twice monthly monday night slot. This is surreal character sketch comedy at its best.

Sublimely silly, brilliantly performed - THE TIMES

Perfectly executed comedy ***** EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

Leaves your stomach aching with laughter *****THREE WEEKS

Many productions make claims to being utterly crazy, but they have nothing on the Grandees...So wrong it's right *****BROADWAY BABY

There’s a touch of the tragic and lots of the comic and all of it dances gleefully on the edge of ridiculous without ever descending. *****ONE 4 REVIEW

The Grandeessteer us into an undeniably unique explosion of idiosyncratic bliss ***** WHATS PEEN SEEN

FUNNY WOMEN ****TIMEOUT****


Box office opens 30 minutes before the show. tickets must be picked up within 15 minutes.

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Blackbird
By Deerstalker Films
22nd April & 26th April 7pm £9
 SCREENING: Blackbird (2013) 90 mins

Featuring legendary performers Norman Maclean and Sheila Stewart, this beautifully shot drama tells the story of young ballad singer Ruadhan, who watches in distress as the traditional fabric of life in his hometown is inexorably eroded. With no fish in the sea and no jobs on land, the youngsters are escaping to the cities while the old people of the village are dying off, taking with them the traditions Ruadhan desperately tries to preserve. Featuring a stirring soundtrack filled with traditional ballad singing, Blackbird is a rich, delicate, and powerful coming of age story that brings some of Scotland's most loved folk heroes to the big screen.Blackbird was awarded ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Edinburgh International FIlm Festival (2013) and has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA Audience Award. Crew and/or cast will be present at each screening.

"The camera keeps being distracted, Malick-style, by the natural beauty of Ruadhan's disappearing world."The Guardian

"Lyrical Scottish drama... beautifully shot"Screen Daily“

Love struck audiences have taken film to heart.”Daily Record

"Stirring and vivid"Little White Lies


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Tune For The Blood
By Anne Cottringer
23rd April 2014 7pm £9
 SCREENING: TUNE FOR THE BLOOD

The average age of a UK farmer is 58.Will there be anyone to put food on our tables in the future? Tune for the Blood is an intimate and gritty portrait ofa new generation of young people from family farms as they face the challenges of bovine TB, volatile markets, keeping their local livestock markets alive, and the unpredictability of the UK weather in this vital sector of economy.

'In a world that has grown suspicious of the food it eats, but can’t be bothered to find out how it reaches the table, these families and their farms are probably our best guarantee of sustainable good food.' Tony Blench, Borderlines Film Festival

‘…The images captured by Richard Branczik are often stunning, although the picturesque nature of the mists, downpours and snows is never allowed to distract from the problems they pose to the daily routine.' Empire Magazine

Tickets Available HERE

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Lovelorn
By Tread Softly Productions
24th April 2014 7pm £9
SCREENING: LOVELORN



Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London, the deserted afterlife and a mysterious dreamscape, Lovelorn is a story of lost souls trying to save each other.John has always been over protective of his younger sister Lorna, so when a motorcycle accident leaves her in a coma, he makes a promise to bring her back at whatever the cost.

Challenging Death himself, John journeys into the dreamscape, putting his own life increasingly at risk in a desperate attempt to bring Lorna back to the waking world.But while John wants Lorna back she may have other ideas. Trapped in the afterlife she is able to search for her boyfriend, determined to be reunited with him even if it kills her.

Populated with mystical characters and twists at every turn, the afterlife weaves its web around John until he is faced with a final choice and must decide if love is worth the ultimate sacrifice. Lovelorn is a visually stunning fantasy; exploring the lengths we will go to for someone we love.



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Ed Gamble: Work in Progress
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24th April, 26th June and 24th July 9.30pm £6.50
Ed Gamble plods into town to plan what he is going to say in his debut Edinburgh show, with new jokes and stories in a certain order. He has been on Russell Howard's Good News (loads of people have, I know, but he wore a nice shirt for it if that helps), Dave's One Night Stand (his bit only went on the website but he did the gig so that must count for something) and supported Greg Davies on a national tour (they were particularly underwhelmed with him in Bristol.)

He is also in the stupid double act Peacock & Gamble (Chortle Award nominated, BBC Radio 4 Extra) but this show is just him (Gamble).

He would be grateful if you came.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Vacation Hunter
By Project Grizzly
25th April 2014 7pm £9
SCREENING: VACATION HUNTER

On arriving in the U.K traveling companions Sam and Dan have heavy hearts, not to mention damp clothes and a bad attitude. After yet another night sleeping on the cold dark streets the two friends decide to head into the the country for a friendlier slice of life. During a chance meeting and a violent altercation in the local nightclub Sam and Dan find themselves the sole guests aboard a narrow boat of a mysterious recluse named Justin. As they meander down the waterways hedonism ensues as the mental state of both young men and their patience with each other starts to deteriorate. Soon they begin to understand they may not be alone on the river. Strange whispers are heard in the dark and tales of immigrant workers that perished to create the river systems begin to haunt Sam. When things seem to be at their worst suddenly Justin collects another passenger, a girl and she is injured. Only one option remains, to take the boat ever more down river and return the girl to a hostile gypsy campsite. With the inky darkness of the ages creeping to the surface Sam and Dan must confront what lies at the end of the river in all it’s timeless rage.. And live to tell the tale.


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Goodbear: Work in progress
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26th April 9.30pm £7.50
A brand new sketch comedy double act from Henry Perryment and Joe Barnes. These two former Leeds Tealights return for an hour of intense comedic skits in preparation for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Previous praise – ‘a tour de force’ Varsity

‘just needs to raise an eyebrow to get a giggle’ – Three Weeks ****

'As razor sharp as a set of kitchen knives' **** Broadway Baby.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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The Collector by Mark Healy (based on the book by John Fowles)
By
27th & 28th April 7pm £10
Clegg was a lover of all things beautiful. He poured his obsession into collecting butterflies until, that is, he saw Miranda. Then he began a collection of an altogether different kind. Contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature.

“Images will recur in your nightmare for years to come” – The List

Starring Ben Manning & Mollie Fyfe Taylor.

PROMO TRAILER - click here

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I am I am
By
27th April 9.30pm £6.50
A preview of new material from musical comedy duo ‘I am, I am’. 'I am, I am’ are a musical comedy duo made up of Lowell Belfield and Harry Michell.

Since graduating from the Cambridge Footlights, they have got to the final of the Musical Comedy Awards 2013, graced BBC stages and performed their debut hour at the Gilded Balloon.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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Love in the 21st Century
By BRIDGE ARTS THEATRE
29th April - 3rd May, Tues to Sat 7pm, and Fri Mat at 2.30pm £12
 “Mathematical love magic. They find people…for people…. Like you.”

2014.  Love.  And the age-old problem of finding it.  Can Michael, Mel and Adam keep romance alive in the age of love at first swipe?  After all, we are living in an era where meeting people is the easiest it has ever been, right?

Bridge Arts Theatre presents Love in the 21st Century.  A new comedy about the pressures of finding “The One”.    

Bridge Arts Theatre aims to inspire and support bold and exciting new playwrights, encouraging them to explore social issues that affect our society today.  

Love in the 21st Century is co-directed by Gillian King and Kate McGregor.

Tuesday 29th April to Saturday 3rd May 7pm and Friday 2nd May at 2.30pm

www.bridgearts.co.uk


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'Goose' and Charlie Lyons share an hour
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1st & 2nd May 9.30pm £6
In advance of an experimental week on the Free Fringe this August, Goose and Charlie Lyons divvy up an hour of comedy. One half is Goose's highly-polished turd set in the cockpit of a plane, and the other an experimental debut half hour of storytelling and jokes from Charlie Lyons, who is trying his best to do something hard that scares him. Please come.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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Short Cuts 7: The Key
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6th - 10th May 7.30pm £10
Short Cuts 7: The Key

***** “Absolutely hilarious plays!” Female Arts

**** “Better than you would see in the west end!” Theatre Junkie blog

It is coming up to our two year anniversary! It's been two years since we first founded Short Cuts. To celebrate, we are opening our 7th short play festival, at The Hen and Chickens Theatre from Tuesday 6th May to Saturday 10th May at 7.30pm.

We usually centre our festivals around one theme. This time, we are basing each play around the same prop – a key. We've got 4 short, dark comedy plays using a key as their essential prop. What does the key open? Or what is it keeping hidden?

We have four short comedy plays from: The Grandees, Eliza Power, Frost & Ireland and Lexy Howe.

Come along and see what the key unlocks...

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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Hoot
By
9th May 9.30pm £6.50
HOOT returns: a night of nocturnal japes with some of London's top sketch, character and musical comedy acts.
 
LIZZIE BATES
Riotous character comedy from BAFTA Rocliffe winner 2013 and member of critically-acclaimed sketch group The Boom Jennies (BBC Radio 4).
'Future of British Comedy' (BAFTA)
 
JOE BOR
Finalist of Comedian Of The Year 2009, Winner of Jewish Comedian Of The Year 2007, Winner of Best Value Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2010 and TV warm up for The Graham Norton Show and Mock The Week.
'Joe Bor is a must see' (Alan Carr)
 
CATRIONA KNOX
Character comedian, raucous buffoon and star of BBC Radio 4's 2525.
'The next Joyce Grenfell' (Spectator)
'One of the UK's best sketch comedians' ***** (New Current)

 
More acts TBC...

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Puppetgeist
By Stickyback Theatre
10th May 9.30pm £5
Best New Comedy Award Winners and "Fringe favourites" (Broadway Baby *****) Stickyback, offer us a peek into the world of horror as only a puppet can.

Dan and Bloo unleash their "Unconventional sketch - a cut above." (The Argus) through an all new monster sketch show! "Hilarious" (Remote Goat *****)

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.
 
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MORRIS AND PARRIS: COMEDY MASHUP
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11th May 7pm £6.50
Chortle Award Nominee Rachel Parris (The IT Crowd) and viral internet sensation Anna Morris (Outnumbered) present another delightful evening of
work-in-progress with new characters, new songs, cake and VERY special
guests:

CARIAD LLOYD  (BBC 3’s The Cariad Show, E4’s Cardinal Burns)


“Breathtaking” ★★★★★ - The Skinny
“Character comedy at it’s best” ★★★★★ - Edfest Magazine
http://cariadlloyd.com/

hosted by JOE BOR (Leicester Comedy Festival Award Winner)

"Hugely talented character comic” The Scotsman
“Natural born comic ability” Chortle
“Joe Bor is a must see” Alan Carr.
http://joebor.co.uk/

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Glyn Maxwell's Heavenly Village Hall
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18th May, 15th June & 20th July 7.30pm £7.50
An abandoned village hall in Heaven. Four angels arrive and forlornly try to understand the daily news from Earth. It makes no more sense to them than it does to you, but they have a good time flirting and fighting, then they settle for wine and Battenberg cake and invite you to join them.

Poet Glyn Maxwell starts making sense of all existence, one hour a month till the end of time.

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

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THE ANGINA MONOLOGUE
By Doug Devaney
20th - 24th May 9.30pm £10.00
“There I am, flat on my back in A&E, my heart squeezing itself like a floormop, and I’m trying to flirt with the ward sister while she gums ECG stickers to my man boobs.”

Doug Devaney’s one man show, developed with funding from The Arts Council’s Grants For The Arts scheme, is a tale of booze, bacon and the BBC Breakfast sofa. Join this bad patient on a comic journey from cardiac ward through rehab to media stardom and beyond, picking up a ukulele and Barbara Windsor on the way.

“This is a show about psychology more than about physiology, and it’s more sobering than a hundred public health information films.  It’s also remarkably entertaining.  It’s funny and thought-provoking, and I enjoyed every minute of it.”  – Fringe Guru


Nominated as one of Brighton Fringe’s six “Ones To Watch” last year. May contain extracts of Olivia Newton-John.

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I am not Malala
By Sadia Azmat
2nd, 8th & 23rd June 7.30pm £7.50
I am not Malala.

Sadia returns with her hilarious take on being an average British Asian -revealing what life's like when you can't live up to Malala.

'A very funny promising new comedian' Mark Lawson BBC Radio 4.


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Lizzie Bates: Reprobates - Edinburgh Preview
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24th June & 20th July 9.30pm £6.50
Riotous character comedy from BAFTA Rocliffe winner and member of critically-acclaimed sketch group The Boom Jennies (BBC Radio 4). Full of endearing, every-day rebels, this is a bold, ballsy, and highly-anticipated debut - not to be missed.

'Future of British Comedy' - BAFTA

'Delightfully silly' - Daily Telegraph

***** 'Hilarious' - The Argus.

To book online click here tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

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#Desperate (work in progress)
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28th June & 9th July 9.30pm £6.50
#Desperate tells the hilarious and harrowing story of one woman’s quest for love in the ever-expanding world of Internet Dating. #Desperate is a bittersweet, darkly humorous tale of dating, mating and hating.

***** “…Wow Maddy Anholt is a funny girl, I cannot recommend her show enough…” EdFringe Review
**** “Nothing short of brilliant” Broadway Baby


 
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXfes5FqTn8

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Rosie Holt in Fall Girl
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15th July 7.30pm £8.50
Hayley is desperate. She keeps getting conned. Plus the voice in her head is a girl with a guitar who turns her failings into rhyming couplets.Sitcom Trials: So You Think You Write Funny? Winner Rosie Holt's show, Fall Girl is a musical comedy about getting scammed, and getting gumption.

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