The production will be directed by Benji Sperring. In a press statement, O'Brien has commented, "Shock Treatment has been waiting patiently in the wings for a stage premiere since the film was released in 1981. Just as Rocky began life upstairs at the Royal Court, it seems a perfect fit for Shock Treatment to start its stage life in the effervescent atmosphere of the astounding King's Head Theatre next April." The production is part of the theatre's 45th year season as a producing theatre. The season will also include a 21st anniversary production of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe, the 20th anniversary production of Simon Block’s debut play Not A Game For Boys and veteran fringe director Mike Bradwell directing Richard Cameron's The Flannelettes, set in a woman's refuge of a Yorkshire mining town.
In a press statement, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, artistic director of the theatre, commented, "I can't think of a better way to say happy 45th birthday than to announce a range of fantastic work which continues to redefine the theatre's identity; with writers as varied as Irvine Welsh to Gilbert & Sullivan, helmed by directors from Mary Franklin at the exciting start of her career, to theatrical legend Mike Bradwell. I'm pleased to announce that accessible high quality classical music will still have a home at the King's Head with Ruddigore, a rarely seen gem by Gilbert & Sullivan. The King’s Head is a unique and special place, as our loyal audiences always tell us – so if you’ve not visited before, this is the year to do it."
For further details, contact the box office on 020 7478 0160 or visit kingsheadtheatre.com.