Mark Ravenhill and Hannah Price share the crown

Published: 8 August 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Hannah Price
Mark Ravenhill

It has been announced that Mark Ravenhill and Hannah Price are to be the new artistic directors at London's King's Head Theatre, and will join Fiona English as joint CEOs.

Ravenhill and Price have worked together before and applied for the position together. They said, "with the disruption of theatre work and its devastating impact on both institutions and freelance workers, we felt that now was the time to roll up our sleeves and be part of the rebuilding of our industry.

"We want to produce work that is joyful, irreverent, colourful and queer, and which allows us all to imagine a better future."

The Royal Court produced Ravenhill's first play Shopping and Fucking in 1996, which went on to have a West End run and tour nationally and abroad. As associate artist of the National, his credits include Mother Clap's Mollyhouse and Citizenship, his work elsewhere includes Pool No Water, The Cut, a new version of Brecht's Galileo, musical The Boy in The Dress and as librettist Elysium at Norwegian National Opera.

Price is a theatre director whose credits include End of the Pier, Down and Out in Paris and London Live, Escape the Scaffold, Rainbow Class, Boa, Bud Take the Wheel, I Feel a Song Coming On, Referendum Plays and The Cuts Plays.

As well as being founder and co-artistic director of Theatre Uncut, she works in immersive events, VR and video games.

The inaugural season to be programmed by Ravenhill and Price will be for the spring of 2022 and will also be the last to take place in the space fifty years after Dan Crawford opened it as a performance space in 1970.

The King's Head will move to new premises with two auditoria next year. Currently, its Queer Season runs until 21 August. This includes the first major revival of Claire Dowie's Death And Dancing and Tell Me Straight.