They say that theatre is fluid and always evolving. Islington’s hugely successful play, F*cking Men, at the King’s Head Theatre, has had a reboot as it continues to draw sell-out audiences.
Restaged and streamlined, but just as thought-provoking, the hour-long F*cking Men is now booking until January 9. It has already extended once since its August launch and is now be entering a third month.
The production has undergone changes, retaining artistic elements while streamlining the show for a sustainable touring future that will continue to provide employment for the cast involved.
The play is a moving portrayal of hunger and desire as it follows the erotic encounters of 10 men (now played by three actors) in their interconnected search for sexual satisfaction. Each scene in the play is a frank, candid and sometimes brutally honest depiction of the lustful transaction between two men.
It is a loose adaptation of the 19th century play La Ronde in which pairings of characters are featured in scenes preceding and succeeding sexual encounters.
This extension proves the continued popularity of the show, after the original premiere run in 2009 began at the Finborough Theatre, from which it transferred to the King’s Head to play for nine months (the longest ever Off West End run of a play). It then transferred into the West End to the Arts Theatre.
King’s Head artistic director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, said: “This new production has been praised for its universality across sexual orientations. We’re proud to be producing gay theatre that speaks to a universal audience.”