The King’s Head Theatre will present Nicholas de Jongh’s new play from  the 25th to the 29th March. 


A young man, lying asleep on a deserted beach, is woken up by another young man who has lost his bearings and needs help in discovering where he is. After beginning to question each other it quickly becomes clear that neither of them have any idea of who they are or where they find themselves. But did they perhaps know each other well a long time ago?

From further along the beach come the sounds of something strange going on. Two young women, a Runner on a film set disturbed by a recurrent dream, a middle aged figure adorned in long blonde hair and snoring in a deck chair, a retired Professor of English Literature form part of the puzzle. Finally somebody arrives swimming from the sea and the painful truth begins to emerge.

Directed by Matthew Gould, Pricked Out delves into time past to pose questions and offers tentative answers about the one sensational and turbulent love affair of William Shakespeare’s life.

This is the third play written by Nicholas de Jongh, following on from Plague Over England whichvpremièred at the Finborough in 2008, before being transferring to the West End by Bill Kenwright in 2009. The second, The Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca, debuted in an early version as part of the Finborough’s Vibrant 2013  and then later at the Drayton Arms.

Pricked Out will appear at the King’s Head Theatre from the 25th to the 29th March. For more information and to book tickets visit: