By the early 18th century it is certain that a permanent theatre had been established in Worcester. It was a small wooden building, probably an old barn, in the yard at the rear of the King's Head Inn, which stood almost immediately opposite the Guildhall in the High Street.
The first report of the King's Head Theatre is from the Worcester Postman of January 4, 1717. It is an announcement:
For the benefit of Mr.Butcher, Jun,and his Wife.
On Monday next (at the King's Head, in High St)
will be acted that celebrated play, called
OEDIPUS, KING OF THEBES.
With Several New and Diverting Entertainments
between the Acts; particularly a pleasant Scene
between a Drunken gentleman and his Wife, in a
Tavern. Beginning at six o'clock