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Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin St
Dalston
London
E8 3DL
020 7503 1646
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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Silverland
On from 16 May 2006 to 10 Jun 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Benjamin Davis

'You know, we sit here on the edge of it, on the precipice, just waiting to fall. And when we do it will be a plunge into the deep dark, and our green island will be engulfed by the silver sea'.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Zenzi Zenzi: The Pursuit
On from 13 Jun 2006 to 24 Jun 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Adam Marvel

“Zenzi Zenzi: The Pursuit” is a new physical theatre piece by Adam Marvel, which explores two overlapping stories of possibility. The stories are told in vivid colours, pulsing with opportunity and exclamation.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Viva Lorca Festival
On from 24 Jul 2006 to 24 Sep 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Various

The Arcola Theatre is proud to present VIVA LORCA, a festival celebrating the life of Federico García Lorca and his work as a poet, playwright and artist. Arcola Theatre will be transformed by productions of Mariana Pineda, Yerma and When Five Years Pass and readings of his poetry, as well as plays about Lorca’s life, flamenco dance, Iberian cuisine and live music in the foyer.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Broadway in the Shadows
On from 10 Oct 2006 to 04 Nov 2006
Arcola Theatre
by David Salter

Buried in the depths of the Ohio Penitentiary, the cruellest prison in American history, an inmate known as “The Smilemaker” keeps his brothers’ spirits buoyant and their hopes of survival alive with stories of love and sacrifice amongst the tenements and theatres of Manhattan.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
On from 17 Oct 2006 to 04 Nov 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Richard Cameron

Lynette, Ruby and Jodie, three young women from Doncaster, tell their stories of one summer, eight years ago.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
King Arthur
On from 08 Nov 2006 to 09 Dec 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Keith Dewhurst

Arthur is a man with problems.
His army is under siege, his new wife is acting suspiciously,
and his old friend and counsel Merlin keeps turning into animals.
Defeat seems inevitable.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
A Family Affair
On from 12 Dec 2006 to 13 Jan 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Alexander Ostrovsky

A Family Affair is the story of a nouveau riche Russian merchant who decides to rip off his creditors by declaring bankruptcy.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Notes From Underground
On from 16 Jan 2007 to 03 Feb 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Back at Arcola after it's SELL OUT run in December 2006.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical Genre - Drama
Chasing The Moment
On from 23 Jan 2007 to 24 Feb 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Jack Shepherd

Winner of a Time Out award for �Best Fringe Production�.

How do you become a true jazz player? Does it involve more than just talent?

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
STACY
On from 06 Feb 2007 to 24 Feb 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Jack Thorne

Everyone’s favourite child is having difficulty adjusting to adulthood. Surely after a while ‘just good friends’ just becomes more…

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
The Four Seasons
On from 27 Feb 2007 to 24 Feb 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Arnold Wesker

VERSION THEATRE presents:
In a remote deserted house Adam and Beatrice, both scarred by their previous relationships, agree to commit one year to each other.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
The Unconquered
On from 27 Feb 2007 to 03 Mar 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Torben Betts

STELLA QUINES THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS:

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Black Crows
On from 07 Mar 2007 to 24 Mar 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Linda Brogan

The pioneering Clean Break makes a welcome return to the Arcola with Black Crows, a powerful story of three women and their love for one man.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
BLAME
On from 27 Mar 2007 to 21 Apr 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Beatrix Campbell & Judith Jones

A compelling combination of satirical wit, biting humour and irrepressible humanity – new writing at its provocative best.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Comedy
Mojo Mickybo
On from 27 Mar 2007 to 24 Apr 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Owen McCafferty

“If Superman was here there’d be no bombs”

“Aye – he’d hear them ticking with his x-ray ears”

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
The Icarus Girl
On from 17 Apr 2007 to 28 Apr 2007
Arcola Theatre
by By Helen Oyeyemi, Adapted and Directed by Holly Race

ORIGINAL SIN presents:

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
The Lesson
On from 06 Jun 2007 to 09 Jun 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Eugene Ionesco

Ionesco’s devastating satire on education reimagined for 2007 by Mike Bartlett (My Child, Royal Court Theatre). Cast includes Louise Bangay, Fiona Button and Michael Gould. Directed by Lyndsey Turner.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Pera Palas
On from 12 Jun 2007 to 07 Jul 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Sinan Ünel

What does it mean to be Turkish and how did modern Turkey come in to being?

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Silver Birch House
On from 08 Jun 2207 to 09 Jul 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Leyla Nazli

This deeply moving and personal play, a world premiere from the young Turkish author Leyla Nazli, is set in the turbulent political climate of the 1970’s Turkey.

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Musical Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
The Great Theatre of the World
On from 12 Jul 2007 to 18 Aug 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Pedro Calderon Adapted by Adrian Mitchell

"All you who enter the earth through a cradle, and leave it via a grave, your Director is looking down today, to see how his actors behave."

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Genre - Drama
The Hamlet Project
On from 31 Jul 2007 to 18 Aug 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Adapterd by Hannah Kaye

That is fact one about Hamlet. But how does the chain of events lead there? Surely a talented and intelligent young man such as Hamlet could have found solutions to his problems – how does it happen that he dies, taking half the court with him? If Hamlet had a second chance and could advise himself in every crucial moment, maybe the story could happen differently

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
Arcola Opera: Grimeborn
On from 19 Aug 2007 to 02 Sep 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Theatre

Incest, Religion, Death, Cabaret, Love, Murder, Jazz, Vice Vampires...and a Talking Crocodile.

Welcome to Arcola's new Opera Season.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
The Face of Jizo
On from 23 Oct 2007 to 10 Nov 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Hisashi Inoue

This is the first English performance of a comedy masterpiece of Japanese post-war drama focusing on the survivors of Hiroshima by Japan’s leading contemporary theatrical voice, the dramatist and novelist Hisashi Inoue (born 1934).

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Jenufa
On from 17 Oct 2007 to 17 Nov 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Timberlake Wertenbaker

The most desperate acts, are those commited in love.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic
Sweet William
On from 19 Nov 2007 to 08 Dec 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Michael Pennington with inserts from Shakespeare

Sweet William is a heartfelt accolade to the life and works of Shakespeare, seen through the eyes of a Shakesperean great who has played most of the major roles with the RSC and the ESC. Performed as Pennington’s ‘memoirs’, Sweet William is a one man show that gives its audience a unique insight into the lifelong friendship between the playwright and his actor.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
LIMBO
On from 03 Dec 2007 to 08 Dec 2007
Arcola Theatre
by Declan Feenan

Caroline Williamson gives a "masterclass in subtlety and simplicity" as a young Catholic girl in this compelling tale from the new generation of Northern Irish writers.

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Drama
The Blind
On from 04 Feb 2008 to 01 Mar 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Maurice Maeterlinck, reworked by Jack McNamara

Waiting for a guide who, unseen, lies dead amongst them, the blind sit our their fate...

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
The Living Unknown Soldier
On from 12 Feb 2008 to 15 Mar 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Inspired by a true story, Devised by Simple8

Following the success of Les Enfants du Paradis, Simple8 return to the Arcola to resurrect a true and forgotten story. On the 90th anniversary of the end of First World War, this poignant production is a timely reminder of the fallout from conflict, questioning our moral responsibility towards returning servicemen, and exploring the fragile frontier between imagination and memory.

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Genre - Drama
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
On from 01 Apr 2008 to 26 Apr 2008
Arcola Theatre
by By Henrik Ibsen, Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Greg Hicks stars in a devastatingly relevant drama about the true price of honesty.

'In times of deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.'
George Orwell

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Genre - New Writing
The only girl in the world- a play of Jack the Ripper
On from 29 Apr 2008 to 24 May 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Glyn Maxwell

Based on the true story of the final victim of Jack the Ripper, this haunting play, by award-winning poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell, promises to be one of the most talked-about productions of 2008.

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Genre - Drama
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
On from 29 Apr 2008 to 31 May 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Henrik Ibsen, a new version by Frank McGuinness

Lia Williams stars in a sensuous and erotic play about the power of the past

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Wolves At The Window
On from 27 May 2008 to 21 Jun 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Toby Davies, after Saki

Ten of Saki’s best known flippant fables of Edwardian irreverence are brought together in an episodic comedy by Mitchell and Webb writer Toby Davies.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Torn
On from 24 Jun 2008 to 02 Aug 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Femi Oguns

TORN
by Femi Oguns

Kelle Bryan, Jocelyn Jee Esien and Wil Johnson lead an all-star cast in this updated version of last year's sell-out sensation.

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Genre - Drama
Lorca Dreams (Sueno Lorca)
On from 25 Aug 2008 to 06 Sep 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Maria Caudevilla

Baraka returns to the Arcola Theatre with the UK Premiere of their latest production. Bursting with colour, live music, physical theatre and dance Lorca Dreams is a poetic journey through the life and work of Federico Garcia Lorca. The play presents a collage of “Federicos,” in love with life and freedom, stirring emotions which live inside each and every one of us, as actors and people. Discover Lorca’s voice, the characters in his plays, his family and friends, most importantly the eccentric Salvador Dali.

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Genre - Drama
The Collector
On from 26 Aug 2008 to 20 Sep 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Mark Healy, adapted from the book by John Fowles

Ever since he first saw her Frederick has been obsessed with Miranda. But Frederick’s a repressed, introverted butterfly collector, and Miranda is a beautiful, privileged art student. The opportunity to invite her to his new country house goes horrifyingly wrong, and in the tense, claustrophobic reality of the cellar prison, their relationship leads to a devastating climax.

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Genre - Drama
Karagiozes Exposed
On from 23 Sep 2008 to 04 Oct 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Open Arts

A shadow puppet’s revolution into a new dimension.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Small Craft Warnings
On from 10 Sep 2008 to 18 Oct 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Tennessee Williams

I’ve lost the capacity for being surprised, so completely lost it, that if I woke up in my bedroom late some night and saw that fantastic fish swimming right over my head, I wouldn’t be really surprised.” Quentin

Tennessee Williams creates his most intimate self-portrait through Quentin, the washed-up queer screenwriter, one of nine castoffs who gather at Monk’s seedy bar one foggy night in 1972, Southern California.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Welcome to Ramallah
On from 23 Sep 2008 to 18 Oct 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Sonja Linden and Adah Kay

A darkly funny and intimate exploration of the balance between duty and love Welcome to Ramallah is the compelling new play from iceandfire.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Sweet Cider
On from 22 Oct 2008 to 15 Nov 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Emteaz Hussain

A community is in crisis. Two young Pakistani girls run from their families: one is hunted, the other forgotten.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
The Dying of Today
On from 21 Oct 2008 to 22 Nov 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Howard Barker

The internationally acclaimed Wrestling School makes its first visit to the Arcola in the Premiere of a new play by Howard Barker, described by the Times as ‘Britain’s greatest living dramatist’.

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THE LAST DAYS OF GILDA
On from 02 Dec 2008 to 02 Dec 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Rodrigo de Roure

“I don’t know what goes on in the minds of these men who look for women to end the loneliness of their lives. To each of them I have a thing to give. In the end it’s all the same.”

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Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Tombstone Tales and Boothill Ballads
On from 18 Nov 2008 to 20 Dec 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Carl Heap

A graveyard cabaret.

Strange but true stories unearthed from the Old West's most famous bone-orchard and brought back to life in a lively and often hilarious evening of comic, bizarre, pathetic and tragic tales.

"Most of Tombstone's stories pass through here, one way and another. Like all roads lead to Rome. Lift a stone and listen – they'll whisper it to you. Ask nicely and they'll sit up and sing it for you. They may even get up and dance it for you.”

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The Ballard of Crazy Paola
On from 24 Nov 2008 to 20 Dec 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Arne Sierens

“If two dogs are stuck together,
Fucking each other,
You throw a bucket of water.
Someone had to separate us.
We were killing each other.
We were dead.”

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HILDA
On from 30 Dec 2008 to 31 Dec 2008
Arcola Theatre
by MARIE NDIAYE

A bitingly funny parody about the psychology of oppression.

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Genre - Drama
LA RONDE
On from 02 Jan 2009 to 03 Jan 2009
Arcola Theatre
by ARTHUR SCHNITZLER

Tsuladze last charmed London audiences with his production of Faust as part of the Gate Theatre’s East Meets West Festival in 2002. he makes a bold interpretation of Schniztler's classic, employing his particular brand of satirical humour and warmth to convey the absurd tragedy of an indulgence in loveless sexuality.

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HOTEL MEDEA
On from 29 Jan 2009 to 14 Jan 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Zecora Ura featuring the Urban Dolls Project

Hotel Medea is a trilogy that runs from midnight till dawn.

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Genre - Drama
In Blood: The Bacchae
On from 05 Jan 2009 to 08 Feb 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Noah Birksted-Breen

Britain’s first ever professional Capoeira production based on Euripides’ epic play comes to Arcola for a limited run as part of the 2009 Brazilian Season.

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COMPANY ALONG THE MILE
On from 02 Feb 2009 to 21 Feb 2009
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by TOM DALTON BIDWELL

A Classic comedy with a twist, Company Along The Mile is Tom Dalton Bidwell's debut play

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VICTORY
On from 03 Mar 2009 to 04 Apr 2009
Arcola Theatre
by HOWARD BAKER

ROAST: ‘Mrs Bradshaw, the Government is in possession of your husband’s body'

BALL: ‘Oh, Brian is so poop official! We have the rat-gnawed, stinking thing you clutched in bed once. That is what we have.’

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Joe Orton
On from 30 Mar 2009 to 04 Apr 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Joe Orton

Joe Orton

This intimate view of Joe Orton’s world reveals the complex, challenging and confused life of Orton who survived a damaging childhood, nourished his ambition in amateur drama and went to RADA. There he met Kenneth Halliwell, who became his friend, mentor, lover and… murderer.

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Genre - Drama
Monsters
On from 06 May 2009 to 30 May 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Niklas Radstrom

MONSTERS
By Niklas Rådström, translated by Gabriella Berggren

1993. A play about the killing of James Bulger.
Stripped to the bone, faithful to the facts. Unflinching.

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Genre - Drama
Thyestes
On from 03 Jun 2009 to 27 Jun 2009
Arcola Theatre
by by Seneca, translated by Caryl Churchill

Thyestes
by Seneca, translated by Caryl Churchill

Coming home from the wilderness, Thyestes is about to uncover the unthinkable. This ancient horror story comes alive through the latest in twenty-first century technology

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Genre - Drama
I Am Montana
On from 02 Jun 2009 to 27 Jun 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Samuel D. Hunter

I AM MONTANA

Trapped between his concerned best friend and the ardent admiration of a meth-addicted co-worker, Eben carries a flower, a suitcase and a secret.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Drama
Dr Korczak's Example
On from 30 Jun 2009 to 18 Jul 2009
Arcola Theatre
by David Greig

Dr Korczak’s Example
by David Greig

Summer 1942. Warsaw Ghetto. Dr Januzs Korczak, founder of the Jewish orphanage, finds his pacifist principles pushed to the limit, not only by the Nazi regime, but by the arrival of Adzio, a spirited boy who believes in fighting back.

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Genre - Drama
A Lament For Medea
On from 30 Jun 2009 to 25 Jul 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Zecora Ura featuring The Urban Dolls Project present

A Lament For Medea

A flooded house is the playground, prison and sanctuary of Medea and her maid. Lost in time, locked in obsessions and stalking lost memories, this is a place to which they are bound and where lives start and finish.

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Dirt
On from 28 Jul 2009 to 15 Aug 2009
Arcola Theatre
by Robert Schneider

DIRT

An illegal immigrant tells his story. His name is Sad. He walks our streets and sells roses. He loves to speak English but nobody listens. Will you?

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Genre - Drama
Innocence
On from 06 Jan 2010 to 30 Jan 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Dea Loher

“If I worked in a petrol station, all it would take is one cigarette to blow everything sky high…

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Genre - Drama
Faces in the Window
On from 26 Feb 2010 to 26 Feb 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Devised by the company

On the first day of winter, a foreigner appears. Will he be welcomed, or cast out?

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Genre - Drama
Knives in Hens
On from 02 Feb 2010 to 27 Feb 2010
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by David Harrower

In an imaginary, pre-industrial landscape, a profound and strange love triangle unfolds between a ploughman, his wife and a miller.

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Genre - Drama
Doorway
On from 24 Jan 2010 to 28 Feb 2010
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by Devised by the company

How many doors have you been through today?

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Genre - Drama
Heldenplatz
On from 10 Feb 2010 to 06 Mar 2010
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by Thomas Bernhard

Austria, 1988. For the Schuster family – intellectual, Jewish, Viennese to the core – the country remains as uninhabitable as it was when they fled in 1938.

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Genre - Drama
You Always Forget Something & Thin Man Fat Man
On from 03 Mar 2010 to 06 Mar 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Virgilio Piñera

The British premier of two short absurdist plays translated by Kate Eaton. Performed by the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Genre - Drama
Faces in the Window
On from 28 Mar 2010 to 29 Mar 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Devised by the company

“One extraordinary day, someone extraordinary arrives. And this day, on this very estate, turns out to be very eventful.”

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Genre - Drama
The Sanctuary Lamp
On from 10 Mar 2010 to 03 Apr 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Tom Murphy

Three people get locked in a catholic church for the night. They are Harry; the Jewish ex circus strongman, Maudie; the sixteen year old run away, and there’s the Irish blackguard Francisco, who doesn’t want anything…..

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Riff Raff
On from 06 Apr 2010 to 24 Apr 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Laurence Fishburne

Alarum presents the UK premiere of award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne’s powerful hit play.

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Genre - Drama
Exotic Tastes
On from 06 May 2010 to 08 May 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Christopher William Hill

Sondrine's customers are deserting her restaurant in the seedy backstreets of Paris, until Didier decides to vary the menu with choice cuts from the local zoo.

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Genre - Drama
The Chrysalids
On from 11 May 2010 to 12 May 2010
Arcola Theatre
by John Wyndham

In a post-holocaust future, people are divided into the physically ‘perfect’ and mutants.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
The Roman Bath
On from 28 Apr 2010 to 15 May 2010
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by Stanislav Stratiev

The Roman Bath is a ferociously paced satire about where the little man stands and sleeps

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The Miracle
On from 14 May 2010 to 15 May 2010
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by Lyn Coghlan

A twelve year old girl discovers she has acquired a supernatural ability to interpret her community's darkest problems.

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Genre - Drama
Me, As A Penguin
On from 27 Apr 2010 to 22 May 2010
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by Tom Wells

Stitch is hitting the gay scene of Hull. Or at least dipping his toe in the water.

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Genre - Drama
Pandora
On from 18 May 2010 to 12 Jun 2010
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by Jennie Buckman

If you were given a jar and told never to open it, how long would it take you to unscrew the lid? Just a little peek …

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Boy With A Suitcase
On from 16 Jun 2010 to 26 Jun 2010
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by Mike Kenny

Naz is 10 and he loves stories. But his world is changing; he has to escape his country and begin his own adventure.

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Coming Home
On from 08 Jun 2010 to 03 Jul 2010
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by Athol Fugard

Fugard once again tell a story that finds hope in human relationships and in the power of the imagination.

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Genre - Drama
The Road to Mecca
On from 16 Jun 2010 to 10 Jul 2010
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by Athol Fugard

Helen has spent fifteen years transforming her house into a haven of light and colour against the desolate South African plains. But following an accident, Helen is forced to make a decision that will determine the rest of her life.

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Genre - Drama
Into The Blue
On from 06 Jul 2010 to 24 Jul 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Beverley Hancock

A tough and touching story of a mother rebuilding a relationship with her daughter who has Down’s syndrome.

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Genre - Drama
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
On from 14 Jul 2010 to 07 Aug 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Caryl Churchill

For ten years in the middle of the seventeenth century, Britain was governed by religious extremists.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
The Chair
On from 28 Jul 2010 to 07 Aug 2010
Arcola Theatre
by C-12 Dance Theatre

Murder, torture and forgiveness explored through one man’s discovery of his past – a journey into one man’s existence of justice.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
ARCOLA YOUTH MUSIC
On from 06 Aug 2010 to 07 Aug 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Eisler and Weill

Performances from Hackney Young People ages 13 – 19
Songs from Eisler and Weill

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Musical
Grimeborn '10 - The Opera Festival
On from 09 Aug 2010 to 21 Aug 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Various

Young tongues licking life into old lyrics. Fresh works given birth before your ears.
The will be feathers on the bird... Grimeborn is back.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
On from 31 Aug 2010 to 04 Sep 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Ernest Hemmingway

An adaptation of Ernest Hemmingway's world renowned novella.

4 days, 2 gladiators, 1 death.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
The Merchant of Venice
On from 18 Sep 2010 to 19 Sep 2010
Arcola Theatre
by William Shakespeare

Euro-Japan Theatre and Theatre Du Signe present two performances of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Pieces of Vincent
On from 02 Sep 2010 to 25 Sep 2010
Arcola Theatre
by David Watson

Nine lives fractured by the events of one tragic day.

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Reclining Nude with Black Stockings
On from 07 Sep 2010 to 02 Oct 2010
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by Snoo Wilson

“By what right do you burn my art?” Egon Schiele.

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Genre - Drama
The Country
On from 28 Sep 2010 to 23 Oct 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Martin Crimp

“There’s not a limit to what can be said, only a limit to how honest we are prepared to be”

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Genre - Classic
Blue/Orange
On from 27 Oct 2010 to 20 Nov 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall’s multi-award-winning Blue/Orange is a contemporary classic.
Tiata Fahodzi’s radically new all-female production delivers a uniquely African perspective.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Palace of the End
On from 26 Oct 2010 to 20 Nov 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Judith Thompson

“I’m beginning to think that it’s the greatest sin of our time. Knowing, and pretending that we don’t know”

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
The Cradle Will Rock
On from 24 Nov 2010 to 18 Dec 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Marc Blitzstein

This musical marks the end of an era – the 10th anniversary of Arcola theatre and the very last time you can see a production at the Arcola Street location.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
GANDHI AND COCONUTS
On from 24 Nov 2010 to 18 Dec 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Bettina Gracias

As her confused husband struggles to keep the wife he once had, this playful, surprising and moving play asks if it’s better to be sane or happy?

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Minaturists 28
On from 06 Feb 2011 to 06 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Clara Brennan, Mark Homer, Stacey Gregg, Matt Morrison & Kenny Emson

Small but perfectly formed since 2005

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Genre - New Writing
Exploring The Canon
On from 09 Feb 2011 to 09 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Various Authors

What makes a play a classic?

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
The Painter
On from 12 Jan 2011 to 12 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

"The fashionables...They just want to know if a painting's hot. Whether it will gain. They've got one or two facts. And they string them out like they were classicists..."

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - New Writing
As We Forgive Them
On from 24 Jan 2011 to 19 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Richard Vergette

Ensemble 52 presents

AS WE FORGIVE THEM
by Richard Vergette
Directed by Andrew Pearson

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Change
On from 22 Feb 2011 to 26 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Ellis Sanfey

Ellis Sanfey presents ...

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Genre - New Writing
Word:Play 4
On from 01 Mar 2011 to 05 Mar 2011
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by Various Writers

One word, six new plays...

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Genre - New Writing
The Boy on the Swing
On from 09 Mar 2011 to 09 Apr 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Joe Harbot

Earl is lost. When a bizarre business card seems to offer spiritual answers he's going to grab them. But is a phone call really all it takes?

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Illyria
On from 10 Apr 2011 to 11 Apr 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Bryony Lavery

The beautiful and lyrical play by award-winning playwright, Bryony Lavery, explores the horror of war and it's ability to corrupt the human heart.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Anna Karenina
On from 21 Mar 2011 to 16 Apr 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Helen Edmundson & Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is one of the greatest novels of all time and in Helen Edmundson's celebrated adaptation it becomes a deeply moving meditation on the nature of love.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Lakeboat / Prairie du Chien
On from 12 Apr 2011 to 07 May 2011
Arcola Theatre
by David Mamet

An intriguing double-bill of rarely performed plays from acclaimed
American writer David Mamet.

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Genre - Classic
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
On from 10 May 2011 to 11 May 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Robert Louis Stevenson

A haunting ensemble represent the mysterious layers of Dr Jekyll's mind as we witness Hyde's darker thoughts take a tighter hold and Dr Jekyll begin to lose control.

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Genre - Classic
Animal Farm
On from 13 May 2011 to 14 May 2011
Arcola Theatre
by by George Orwell Adapted by Ian Woolridge

George Orwell's Animal Farm is re-imagined by Arcola Youth Theatre.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Uncle Vanya
On from 27 Apr 2011 to 04 Jun 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Anton Chekhov, new translation by Helena Kaut-Howson and Jon Strickland

This brand-new production looks at Chekhov's masterpiece afresh, clearing the lens of accumulated theatrical convention to rediscover the heart of the play.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
The Four Stages of Cruelty
On from 24 May 2011 to 24 Jun 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Written and directed by Adam Brace and Sebastian Armesto with Simple8

Following their acclaimed productions of Les Enfants du Paradis and The Living Unknown Soldier, simple8 transports this story of wanton cruelty – as pertinent and as visceral as when Hogarth first scratched it – to the London stage.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic
Seagull
On from 09 Jun 2011 to 16 Jul 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Anton Chekhov. In a new translation by Charlotte Pyke, John Kerr and Joseph Blatchely

Through both comedy and tragedy, Seagull explores lives that are precariously balanced between love and indifference success and failure, hope and despair. This is classic Chekhov with the original censor's cuts restored.

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Genre - New Writing
On the Record
On from 20 Jul 2011 to 13 Aug 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Christine Bacon and Noah Birksted-Breen

"When I'm writing articles, I'm not scared at all. I'm on a high. It's such a rush. The fear comes later."

Sri Lankan brothers Lal and Lasantha dare to publish stories that others won't touch, but at what cost?

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
AFRICAN GOTHIC
On from 02 Aug 2011 to 13 Aug 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Reza de Wet

The black night of apartheid South Africa. An isolated farmhouse descends into ruin.

The rain will never come. And in the dust, Sussie and Frikkie play out the punishment rituals of the past. Nothing is prohibited. There are no taboos. What will happen when an unwelcome visitor enters their world?

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Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN '11 OPERA FESTIVAL
On from 19 Jul 2011 to 27 Aug 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Curated by Mehmet Ergen

Grimeborn Opera Festival

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
THE GOLDEN DRAGON
On from 01 Sep 2011 to 24 Sep 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Roland Schimmelpfennig

A theatrical fable of globalization set in your local takeaway.

"Number 6: Thai soup with chicken, coconut milk, Thai ginger, tomatoes, button mushrooms, lemon grass and lemon leaves (hot)."

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
TELL THEM THAT I AM YOUNG AN BEAUTIFUL
On from 06 Sep 2011 to 08 Oct 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Gilles Aufray

When words begin to lose their meaning, they lose their weight and men their sense of direction…
Sellig Furaya in What Is Gravity Without Stories?

Greed. Hospitality. Sacrifice. Knowledge. Truth. Freedom. Friendship.

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Genre - Drama
PHAEDRAS LOVE
On from 28 Sep 2011 to 22 Oct 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Sarah Kane

News. Another rape. Child murdered. War somewhere. Few thousand jobs gone. But none of this matters cause its a royal birthday.

A major revival of Sarah Kanes blackly comic reworking of Senecas classical tragedy of monarchy, incest and fatal obsession, which premiered in 1996: Pure theatre. Or rather impure theatre: dirty, alarming, dangerous (Observer)

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Genre - Classic
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
On from 12 Oct 2011 to 12 Nov 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Alexander Pushkin

What is our life? A game!

A mental patient is confined to his cell, refusing to answer any questions. He keeps muttering Three Seven, Ace! Three, Seven, Queen!
His past life is revealed to us in a series of dreams that take us from the bedroom of an old, dying Countess to the gambling tables of St. Petersburg.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
SPEECHLESS
On from 26 Oct 2011 to 19 Nov 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Linda Brogan & Polly Teale

An extraordinary story of two girls struggle to be heard

Shared Experience (Bronte, After Mrs Rochester, Jane Eyre) presents the astonishing story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
HOW THE WORLD BEGAN
On from 15 Nov 2011 to 10 Dec 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Catherine Trieschmann

European Premiere

Susan, a science teacher from Manhattan, starts work in a small rural Kansas town that’s been ripped apart by a tornado.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical
GOODBYE BARCELONA
On from 24 Nov 2011 to 23 Dec 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Book by Judith Johnson Music and Lyrics by KS Lewkowicz

A passionate new musical

Tells the story of Sam, who joins the Brigades and goes to Spain to help fight the fascists in 1936, and Rebecca, his mother, how(who) follows him there. We follow their journey as they fight for freedom alongside the people of Spain.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre
The Chronicles of Bitter and Twisted
On from 09 Jan 2012 to 14 Jan 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Chand Martinez and Lizzie Wort

An urban sequel to the ugly duckling.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Count Oederland
On from 10 Jan 2012 to 21 Jan 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Max Frisch

American Psycho by way of V for Vendetta. Chilling, thrilling and terribly relevant.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Freedom
On from 25 Jan 2012 to 18 Feb 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Rick Limentani

A powerful story of seduction, greed and betrayal.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
The Pitchfork Disney
On from 25 Jan 2012 to 17 Mar 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Philip RiIdley

21 years after it came kicking and screaming into the world, The Pitchfork Disney has come of age...

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
PURGE
On from 22 Feb 2012 to 24 Mar 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Sofi Oksanen, English translation by Eva Buchwald

A gripping story of misguided love, hope and betrayal.

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Genre - Drama
A WARSAW MELODY
On from 28 Mar 2012 to 28 Apr 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Leonid Zorin, Translation by Franklin D. Reeve

Belka Productions is proud to present the UK premiere of this landmark Russian love story, by one of Russia's greatest twentieth-century playwrights.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Baba Shakespeare
On from 17 Apr 2012 to 02 May 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Emmeline Winterbotham

Sanju: Do you like acting?

Lizzie: Of course I like it. Well, I mean, I've never known anything else. Only acting and travelling. Travelling and acting.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
PANDORA'S BOX
On from 09 May 2012 to 26 May 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Ade Solanke

On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. An unmissable and moving new tragicomedy.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE
On from 25 Apr 2012 to 26 May 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Manfred Karge

Manfred Karge's The Conquest of the South Pole has its first major revival in the UK since the original helped launch the careers of Ewen Bremner and Alan Cumming.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE
On from 02 May 2012 to 02 Jun 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Dennis Potter

Renowned for being banned by the BBC in 1976 this is the first ever major London revival of Dennis Potter's most controversial play.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Il Tabarro
On from 21 Aug 2012 to 22 Aug 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Giacomo Puccini

Il Tabarro is the first opera of Giacomo Puccini's Triptych known as Il Trittico; a sinister story of doubt, revenge and murder amidst solitude, depression, escapism, grief and marital breakdown.

Presented by Aylin Bozok

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - Classic
Hansel and Gretel
On from 24 Aug 2012 to 24 Aug 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Engelbert Humperdinck

Humperdinck describes the opera as a
Märchenoper (fairy tale opera). The libretto was
written by Humperdinck’s sister, based on the
Grimm brothers’ Hänsel and Gretel, and the
performance includes an original arrangement
for chamber ensemble. The performance has
music dialogue in English with all the magical
creatures singing in the original German.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
The Sound of A Voice
On from 23 Aug 2012 to 25 Aug 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Philip Glass

From the isolation of a mythic forest to the buzzing Tokyo metropolis, The Sound of a Voice weaves together two stories of Modern Japan. Haunted by the ghosts of the past, two couples try to free themselves from a lifetime of longing and loss.

Presented by Volta Theatre

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
DOUBLE BILL: Bastien & Bastienne and Susanna's Secret
On from 27 Aug 2012 to 28 Aug 2012
Arcola Theatre
by WA Mozart and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Following three sell-out successes at Grimeborn, Nina Brazier directs one of Mozart’s earliest juvenile operas; Bastien & Bastienne – written when he was 12 years old – alongside Wolf-Ferrari’s vivacious romantic comedy Susanna’s Secret. Both are retold in new translations by Music Director David Eaton in an unrivalled evening of unfounded jealousy.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
DOUBLE BILL: Handel Furioso and The Emperor of Atlantis
On from 29 Aug 2012 to 30 Aug 2012
Arcola Theatre
by George Frideric Handel and Viktor Ullmann

An adventurous double bill pairs Handel Furioso a piece of music‐theatre using arias and duets from Handel’s greatest operas, with a production of Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, a haunting satire written in the Terezin concentration camp before the composer’s deportation to Auschwitz. Two rising stars, Anna Starushkevych (Winner of the 2012 Handel Singing Competition) and Robyn Allegra Parton (Kathleen Ferrier Award Finalist), appear in the Handel. Max Hoehn’s 2011 production of The Emperor of Atlantis returns with a new cast.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
TRIPLE BILL: La Voix Humaine, Tonseisha and UNLEASHED
On from 31 Aug 2012 to 01 Sep 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Francis Poulenc, Kim B. Ashton and Philip Venables

La Voix Humaine

A one-act telephonic opera for one woman, with music by Francis Poulenc to a libretto by Jean Cocteau, based on his 1930 play.

Presented by In Motion Pictures

and

An excerpt from TONSEISHA: THE MAN WHO ABANDONED THE WORLD

A new opera based on Erik Patterson’s play, Tonseisha. This international collaboration takes us on a dreamlike journey through Tokyo.

Presented by saltpeter

and

UNLEASHED: an anti-opera about maleness.

UNLEASHED is an opera about coping with a violent world, exploring sex at the limits and why we find ourselves there.

Presented by Fourfortytwo and the Blackburn Company

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
The Marriage of Figaro
On from 03 Sep 2012 to 04 Sep 2012
Arcola Theatre
by WA Mozart

Heritage Opera follow their 2011 Grimeborn hit Mansfield Park with a brand new translation of Mozart's sunniest comedy. Ravishing melodies accompany a farcical story centring on the wedding day of Seville’s favourite barber, Figaro, to the winsome Susanna, maid to the Countess Almaviva. The only fly in the ointment is the Countess's errant husband, the Count, who has designs of his own on Susanna. The plot thickens, with a randy pageboy hiding in a cupboard, a drunken gardener making a nuisance of himself, bridesmaids, letters, midnight trysts in the garden, shocking revelations, and, eventually, a happy ending.

Presented by Heritage Opera

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Rigoletto
On from 05 Sep 2012 to 06 Sep 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Guiseppe Verdi

Heritage Opera bring their critically-acclaimed production of Verdi's dark masterpiece to Grimeborn, a tale of passion, kidnap, curses, seduction and murder!

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Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
Thirteen Days - The Musical
On from 07 Sep 2012 to 08 Sep 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Alexander S. Bermange

In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy uncovered Soviet missiles on the island of Cuba. The days that followed were the closest the world has ever come to being wiped out by nuclear war. This powerful new musical follows the lives of three lovers, three leaders and three nations during this critical period, by means of a memorable score that fuses Western, Eastern and Latin musical styles.

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Grimeborn The Opera Festival
On from 21 Aug 2012 to 08 Sep 2012
Arcola Theatre
by various

Grimeborn Opera Festival returns.
‘An alternative to the “picnics and Pimms” version of English summer opera’
Financial Times

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE!: Halloween Special!
On from 28 Oct 2012 to 28 Oct 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Mischief Theatre

The improvised movie live on stage. Oscar has every movie ever made... every film you could ever imagine. Join Oscar for a special Halloween movie night to watch a never before seen, never to be seen again horror film!

The movie is created before your very eyes, complete with awesome action sequences, captivating plot and a thrilling live film score. Oscar pauses and rewinds the best bits and cuts to hilarious DVD extras.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Dead On Her Feet
On from 29 Aug 2012 to 03 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Ron Hutchinson

UK PREMIERE

An abandoned dance hall. Six young people desperate for fame, fortune and next week’s rent. An unscrupulous promoter. A ravenous audience and a stranger with a past he’s trying to hide.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing
THINGS BEGINNING WITH M
On from 04 Nov 2012 to 05 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Omidaze Productions

Money…Marriage…Mothers….Multi-Tasking…Madness…Magasines….Media…Mistakes...Muffs….Menopause…Men….MakeOvers…

How & Where do women share their stories, information, facts, myths, truths, wisdom, old wives tales & secrets? And why do all these things begin with M? If you liked Caitlin Moran’s ‘How To Be A Woman’ you will love this show. Things beginning with M….it’s gonna be a long list.

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Genre - New Writing
EH TO E8 FESTIVAL - SEALAND
On from 23 Oct 2012 to 10 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Luke Clarke

Ted and his son escape from broken Britain to create a perfect nation seven miles out at sea. They are joined on their abandoned sea fort by another family and together they battle to raise their children and create a new society. Based on a true story, Sealand is an imaginative, witty look at one man's obsession with utopia.

A new life awaits you on Sealand, the off-shore colony.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
EH TO E8 FESTIVAL - BORIS & SERGEY'S VAUDEVILLIAN ADVENTURE
On from 13 Nov 2012 to 18 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Flabbergast Theatre

Following their Sell out smash at the Edinburgh Fringe and hoping to capitalise on their seven five star reviews, puppetry's Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; Simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, present for your viewing pleasure a plethora of pleasing plays and skits! Expect riotous exploits, malarkey, molestation and mirth of a magnitude hitherto unseen in on the Kingsland Highroad!

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Genre - New Writing
EH TO E8 - SCRIPT IN HAND
On from 21 Nov 2012 to 24 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Piece of Work

There was meant to be a play. About Paul Renner. About Futura typeface. The moon landing. Historicism. The Weimar. The rise of mechanization. Nazis. The future. But this play does not exist.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE!: Murder Mystery Special!
On from 25 Nov 2012 to 25 Nov 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Mischief Theatre

The improvised movie live on stage. Oscar has every movie ever made... every film you could ever imagine. Join Oscar for a thrilling murder mystery special. The movie is created before your very eyes, complete with awesome action sequences, captivating plot and a thrilling live film score. Oscar pauses and rewinds the best bits and cuts to hilarious DVD extras.

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but i cd only whisper
On from 31 Oct 2012 to 01 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Kristiana Colón

America. 1970. Black Vietnam veteran Beau Willie Brown is held in custody, accused of a heinous crime. A story comes to light that sticks in the throat, a story murmured between dark dreams.

*"beau come back from ’nam with empty eyes and hands like stone

but

the war started long before he got on that plane"*

but i cd only whisper wrestles with being vulnerable and black in white America. Fusing the physical and the poetic, a strange song emerges from the warble of police sirens, the percussion of machine guns, and the chants of voices only you can hear.

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EH TO E8 FESTIVAL - RÉMY
On from 03 Dec 2012 to 04 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Claire Gaydon

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Rémy is stepping foot in the capital city.

Rémy is French, lives in a prison cell, and isn't quite sure how old he is. He's good at gardening and once tried to somersault off the back of a galloping horse. Best of all Rémy tells stories; stories of foolish kings and tiny emperors, bouncing bullets and shapeshifting circus girls. Anything can happen in a war, after all. Don't believe him? You will.

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KALI TALKBACK FESTIVAL: Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi
On from 04 Dec 2012 to 08 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Satinder Chohan

A gripping new drama about sport, nationhood and belonging with a haunting love story at its heart.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE!: Christmas Special!
On from 16 Dec 2012 to 16 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Mischief Theatre

The improvised movie live on stage. Oscar has every movie ever made... every film you could ever imagine. Join Oscar for a magical Christmas movie from his festive collection!

The movie is created before your very eyes, complete with awesome action sequences, captivating plot and a thrilling live film score. Oscar pauses and rewinds the best bits and cuts to hilarious DVD extras.

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! IMPROVISE!: Christmas Special!
On from 16 Dec 2012 to 16 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Mischief Theatre

The improvised movie live on stage. Oscar has every movie ever made... every film you could ever imagine. Join Oscar for a magical Christmas movie from his festive collection!

The movie is created before your very eyes, complete with awesome action sequences, captivating plot and a thrilling live film score. Oscar pauses and rewinds the best bits and cuts to hilarious DVD extras.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
On from 09 Nov 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Based on the novella by Ernest Lehman and the MGM/United Artists film with a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman

1952, New York’s number one gossip columnist JJ Hunsecker rules the city with his mighty pen. If you want to know the latest gossip – from the President to the latest It Girl – JJ has it all. If he doesn’t, you can be sure that anyone from J Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy through to the press agents eager to push their latest clients, will give it to him.

And there’s one struggling press agent Sindey Falcone, with one client who has given him an ultimatum – no item in JJ’s column, no job.

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Genre - New Writing
KALI TALKBACK FESTIVAL: Talkback 2012 Readings
On from 03 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Kali Theatre

Kali celebrates 21 years of cutting edge theatre by South Asian women with a festival of rich and diverse contemporary plays by some of the most original voices in theatre writing. The Festival begins with a reading of Song for A Sanctuary, the first play produced by Kali in 1991. Six other readings are the culmination of Kali’s nine month Writer Development Programme.

Come and experience some of the freshest and most original voices in new theatre writing.

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Genre - New Writing
KALI TALKBACK FESTIVAL: Calcutta Kosher
On from 11 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Shelley Silas

If the past is another country, where is home

Two sisters return to the crumbling Calcutta home of their childhood. Family secrets are revealed and the women are forced to re-examine their relationship with their mother and the reality of their own lives in the light of a hidden past.

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Genre - New Writing
KALI TALKBACK FESTIVAL: Shared Memories
On from 18 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Kali Theatre

What makes Dalston so hip?

An atmospheric light, glass and sound installation created by a glass artist, lighting designer and sound designer will be animated by performers from the Arcola 60+ Company, performing funny and moving stories developed by Arcola 60+ and Kali writers drawing on local memories of childhood and the pioneering spirit of the diverse community who now call Dalston home.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
EH TO E8 FESTIVAL - PUNCH AND JUDY
On from 20 Dec 2012 to 22 Dec 2012
Arcola Theatre
by Tea Break Theatre

The original comedy of a serial killer. Humans replace puppets but the story remains the same – what happens when one man decides the rules of society do not apply. A show to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Punch and Judy and explore the tradition, its absurdities, its comedy and its terror. To see what happens when Punch becomes all too real, 'Who'd be plagued with a wife, That could set himself free, With a rope or a knife, Or a good stick, like me?' Unnerving, funny, gleeful and not suitable for young children – has it ever been?

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
Theatre Uncut
On from 17 Jun 2013 to 22 Jun 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Laura Lomas, Dennis Kelly, David Greig and Lucy Kirkwood

Theatre Uncut first took place in London in 2011 as a response to the largest cuts to public spending since WWII. The project became much wider in scope in 2012 and included short plays from the US, Syria, Greece and Iceland. Ala Turka will be performing four plays from this project written by UK’s leading playwrights addressing what the budget cuts really mean and who they are really hitting.

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Genre - Classic
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - Alice in Wonderland
On from 02 Jul 2013 to 02 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Matt Parvin after Lewis Carroll

This new adaptation will immerse you in the dark and vibrant world of Lewis Carroll's imagination.

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Genre - Comedy
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - The Vacuum Cleaner
On from 18 Jul 2013 to 20 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Vicky Kyriakoulakou and Kat Redstone

No set. No costumes. No celebrities...especially NO Keira Knightley. Not even endorsed by Dyson. The worst show you will see at the fringe...probably!

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Fifty Words
On from 19 Jun 2013 to 20 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Michael Weller

Brooklyn, New York. Adam is a successful architect. His wife, Jan is
preparing to start an online company. Their nine year-old son is away
on his first sleepover. This will be the first evening they've had to
themselves in years. But this is one extraordinary night which will
change their marriage forever.

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Genre - Comedy
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - The Pin/Robin
On from 22 Jul 2013 to 22 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Alex Owen, Ben Ashenden, Adam Drake and Ben Rowse

Comedy double act The Pin are Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen. Robin is an exciting new one-man show in two acts.

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Genre - Comedy
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - The Stories of Shakey P
On from 23 Jul 2013 to 24 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Charlie Dupré

Classical playwriting and hip-hop meet in an electrifying lyrical brew, as the Bard is re-imagined as a playground battle rapper!

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Genre - Comedy
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - The Trilogy
On from 25 Jul 2013 to 25 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by The Improsarios

Three short plays. In one hour. All from your suggestions. #NoScriptHere

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Arcola Academy: The Red Helicopter
On from 25 Jul 2013 to 27 Jul 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Robin French

It is 2072, the UK is in turmoil after an apocalyptic event and a group of young people are camped out on the third floor of an office block in South East London.

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Genre - Comedy
E8 to EH FESTIVAL - Entertaining Mr. Orton
On from 02 Aug 2013 to 02 Aug 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Martin Mulgrew

Celebrating Orton's tragically short life, Entertaining Mr Orton imagines Joe's life in the style of one of his own plays.

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Genre - Classic
Grimeborn Opera Festival 2013
On from 30 Jul 2013 to 31 Aug 2013
Arcola Theatre
by various

Opera returns to Arcola Theatre with an expanded Grimeborn Festival, once again featuring a mix of new works with classics and rarely performed works. Now in its seventh year, Grimeborn is dedicated to celebrating the world of Opera while also making it accessible to both new and established audiences.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical
EH to E8 FESTIVAL: Forest Boy
On from 24 Sep 2013 to 28 Sep 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie

"I'm all alone in the world. I don't know who I am. Please, help me."

On 2 September 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
EH to E8 Festival: Men
On from 30 Sep 2013 to 02 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Miriam Battye

Frank and Syrus have been stuck for three years. When Suze and Bianca explode into their lives, Frank is offered a lifeline. But can he find his way out?

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
In the Jungle of Cities
On from 18 Sep 2013 to 05 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Bertolt Brecht

"You are about to witness an inexplicable wrestling match between two men and observe the downfall of a family...Don't worry your heads about the motives for the fight, concentrate on the stakes."

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Genre - Comedy
EH to E8 Festival: Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time
On from 03 Oct 2013 to 05 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Ben Behrens

Two actors. One musician. Forty-four characters. Pirates quest for the secrets of time travel in a rip-roaring adventure comedy, featured on BBC Radio.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
EH to E8 Festival: Boys
On from 07 Oct 2013 to 12 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Ella Hickson

Uni is over. The grades are in. And there's just time for one last act of irresponsibility.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing
The Story Project 5: Fame, Fear & Fables
On from 15 Oct 2013 to 19 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Various

10 writers and 10 directors have 10 minutes to spin you a yarn of modern times, a story to touch today, a story to charm you, or shock you, or teach you but most of all to entertain you.

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Genre - Drama
BÜLBÜL SUSTUGUNDA / When the Bulbul Stopped Singing
On from 13 Oct 2013 to 20 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by by David Greig Translated by Hakan Silahsızoglu

Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian writer trapped in his house in Ramallah.

Flash back to the Intifada invasion. Exiled in his own home, trying to write a novel about the events around him.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic
Titus Andronicus
On from 09 Oct 2013 to 26 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by William Shakespeare

This is England meets Shakespeare in this gritty and aggressive take on one of his bloodiest plays; Titus Andronicus.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Punishment Without Revenge/ El Castigo sin Venganza
On from 31 Oct 2013 to 31 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Lope de Vega New translation by Meredith Oakes

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season Punishment without Revenge is a dark and thrilling drama, an audacious blend of unbearable tension and delicious comedy, which both terrifies and delights.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Comedy
A Lady of Little Sense/ La Dama Boba
On from 31 Oct 2013 to 31 Oct 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Lope de Vega New translation by David Johnston

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season A Lady of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

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Genre - Classic
Macbeth of Fire and Ice
On from 30 Oct 2013 to 16 Nov 2013
Arcola Theatre
by William Shakespeare

Macbeth of Fire and Ice is a fast paced, high energy and dynamic telling of the story of Macbeth, influenced by Norse mythology.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic
Home
On from 23 Oct 2013 to 23 Nov 2013
Arcola Theatre
by David Storey

As five apparently unrelated characters meet in a seemingly insignificant garden, the autumnal sun shines overhead and everybody waits for rain.

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Genre - New Writing
Lizzie Siddal
On from 20 Nov 2013 to 21 Dec 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Jeremy Green

Lizzie Siddal is a new play that tells the dramatic story of the woman who was ‘Ophelia’ in Millais' famous painting. It charts her dazzling trajectory from model to lover to artist, to a tragic figure in her own right.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
The Shape of Things
On from 27 Nov 2013 to 21 Dec 2013
Arcola Theatre
by Neil LaBute

A modern day cautionary tale by one of the most acerbic and breathtakingly brilliant writers in the world, directed by Samuel Miller and designed by takis.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
ADINI SÖYLE / SAY YOUR NAME
On from 07 Jan 2014 to 11 Jan 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Ala-Turka

On 28 May 2013, a few hundred people from very different walks of life gathered at Istanbul’s Gezi Park. It was a wake up call for a highly authoritarian government who had been constantly telling its citizens how to live their lives.

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Genre - Drama
Used Blood Junkyard
On from 13 Jan 2014 to 16 Jan 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Alberto Villarreal,Translated by Simon Scardifield

Làzaro and his mates are 'art terrorists'... Can anything stop their killing spree?

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Genre - New Writing
THE INSECT PLAY
On from 17 Jan 2014 to 18 Jan 2014
Arcola Theatre
by The Capek Brothers

“I’ll call you what I like, right? Butterfly, dung-beetle, ant. Man or insect, I’m not bothered.”

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Genre - New Writing
PlayWROUGHT
On from 20 Jan 2014 to 25 Jan 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Various

A week long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing
HANDMADE TALES
On from 27 Jan 2014 to 01 Feb 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tash Dummelow and Miriam Battye

Handmade Tales is brimming with new and enchanting stories that will inspire and delight.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
IN SKAGWAY
On from 06 Feb 2014 to 01 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Karen Ardiff

Fame fades. The gold in the hills runs out.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT REVENGE / El Castigo sin Venganza (1631)
On from 10 Jan 2014 to 14 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Lope de Vega, New translation by Meredith Oakes

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season Punishment without Revenge is a dark and thrilling drama, an audacious blend of unbearable tension and delicious comedy, which both terrifies and delights.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
A LADY OF LITTLE SENSE / La Dama Boba (1613)
On from 11 Jan 2014 to 15 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by by Lope de Vega, New translation by David Johnston

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season A Lady of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
Don Gil of the Green Breeches/ Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes
On from 09 Jan 2014 to 15 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tirso de Molina New Translation by Sean O'Brien

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season Don Gil of the Green Breeches is an exuberant comedy which blends mistaken identity, role-reversal, ghosts and green trousers.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy
Each of Us
On from 16 Mar 2014 to 16 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Ben Moor

Ben Moor’s astonishing solo comedy about love, friendship and human connection at uncertain times roams across the capital for five performances visiting London’s compass points.

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Genre - New Writing
Visitors
On from 06 Mar 2014 to 29 Mar 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Barney Norris

In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain, a family is falling apart.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Comedy
BANKSY: THE ROOM IN THE ELEPHANT
On from 01 Apr 2014 to 26 Apr 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tom Wainwright

Starring Gary Beadle – best known as Eastenders’ Paul Trueman as well as acclaimed roles in the Royal Court’s Sucker Punch and Chichester Festival Theatre’s Blue Remembered Hills – this is a story about creating something from nothing and then having it taken away, in the name of art.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Eldorado
On from 26 Mar 2014 to 03 May 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Marius von Mayenburg Translated by Maja Zade

Anton’s got it made: dream house, artistic wife, baby on the way. And, as the smoke rises from another city saved by coalition bombs, there’s a fortune to be made rebuilding the wreckage.

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Genre - Drama
MY NAME IS...
On from 30 Apr 2014 to 24 May 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Sudha Bhuchar

A captivating new play about love, family and ever-shifting identities

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Genre - Classic Genre - Comedy
WAITING FOR GODOT
On from 07 May 2014 to 14 Jun 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Samuel Beckett

Don’t touch me! Don’t question me! Don’t speak to me! Stay with me!

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
BETWEEN US
On from 28 May 2014 to 21 Jun 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Sarah Daniels

…I’m okay, you’re okay, they’re okay, we’re all okay and in this together.”

What do stand-up, being a proud father, therapy and adoption have in common? They’re all different ways of feeling good about yourself. But what happens if this is not enough?

Between Us is a darkly comic glimpse into the way we live now that asks how we have allowed it to come to this…

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
THE INTRUDER / Dışardan Gelen + BALD PRIMA DONNA / Kel Şarkıcı
On from 24 Jun 2014 to 28 Jun 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Ala-Turka

The Intruder is a ghost story in which a family is gathered to await the arrival of a sister of mercy to attend an ailing woman: the flickering light, the silence in the garden and the blind grandfather's sense, that death has entered the room.

Dışardan Gelen. Bu hayalet hikayeside, bütün aile, hasta yatan bir kadına bakmaya gelecek rahibeyi beklemektedir. Titrek mum ışuğı, bahçedeki suskunluk ve kör dedenin hisleri, ölümün çoktan odaya girdiğinin habercisidir.

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In Bald Prima Donna, a comedy, the Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited another couple, the Martins, over for a visit. They are joined later by the Smiths' maid, Mary, and the local fire chief, who is also Mary's lover. The two families engage in meaningless banter, telling stories which gradually descend into the Absurd.

Kel Şarkıcı absürt bir komedidir. Londralı muhafazakar Smiths çifti, başka bir çifti, Martins çiftini, evlerine davet eder. Yeni gelen çifte daha sonra, evin hizmetçisi, Mary ve mahallenin itfaiyecisi olan sevgilisi katılır. İki aile absürte dönüşen, anlamsız bir geyiğe başlar.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
How to make your soul grow
On from 30 Jun 2014 to 02 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Youth Theatre inspired by the short stories of Kurt Vonnegut

Three new pieces devised by the company, inspired by the short stories of Kurt Vonnegut

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the centre..."

Kurt Vonnegut

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Genre - New Writing
Misbehaving
On from 05 Jul 2014 to 06 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola 60+

Devised by the company

“I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.”

Orson Welles

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Genre - New Writing
LIMINAL / SWIPE
On from 10 Jul 2014 to 12 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Rebecca Manley (LIMINAL) & Simon Vinnicombe (SWIPE)

The National Youth Theatre's Playing Up Course performs two thrilling new commissions from award-winning playwrights Simon Vinnicombe and Rebecca Manley in the Arcola Tent this July!

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Genre - New Writing
PlayWROUGHT #2: Middle Eastern, Asian and North African Writers
On from 07 Jul 2014 to 12 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Theatre

The word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder. When combined with the word play, this indicates someone who has wrought words, themes, and other elements into a dramatic form, someone who crafts plays.

A week-long celebration of new ideas, new voices and new writing. PlayWROUGHT #2 will see six exciting new plays from writers of Middle Eastern, Asian and North African heritage premier as a series of rehearsed readings.

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Genre - Musical
Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL
On from 18 Jun 2014 to 19 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

"When the children are asleep we’ll sit and dream"

Voted the best musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine, Carousel is the classic American musical, with a timeless score that includes the songs If I Loved You, June Is Bustin’ Out All Over and the iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone. This imaginative interpretation from Morphic Graffiti illuminates the immediacy of this heart lifting story; the belief in forgiveness and the power of the human spirit.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
BOY
On from 14 Jul 2014 to 26 Jul 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Theatre

I’m only fourteen... I don’t really understand what War is, but I know what I believe in, who I love and what I need to do to protect them.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Boy is a new production for younger audiences inspired by the incredible true story of Jack Cornwall, a normal boy from East London who did extraordinary things and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
Napoleon Blown Apart
On from 29 Jul 2014 to 02 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Arcola Academy

On Christmas Eve 1800, a bomb exploded in a horse and cart on Rue St Nicaise in Paris, killing several innocent civilians – one of the first recorded uses of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in an act of terrorism. The target, Napoleon, was on his way to the opera to watch the opening of Hadyn’s ‘Creation’, and had passed the so called ‘Infernal Machine’ seconds before it detonated, narrowly escaping the blast…

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Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: San Domino
On from 03 Aug 2014 to 06 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker

Based on the reality of Mussolini’s persecution of homosexuals, this is the story of men sentenced to five years confinement for degeneracy.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
HOLES
On from 16 Jul 2014 to 09 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tom Basden

"We are the survivors of flight BA043. We don’t know where we are. You have to help us. Hello? ... Is there anybody out there? ... Hello ... ?"

Stranded, four survivors wait.

Surely somebody will find them. Planes don't just disappear, do they? And, if no-one's coming… what do they do now?

Absurd, hilarious and fast-paced, Tom Basden’s razor-sharp comedy lands in London this summer for a strictly limited run in the Arcola Tent.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes
On from 23 Jul 2014 to 16 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Rashid Razaq, based on a short story by Hassan Blasim

A black comedy – an Iraqi refugee comes to London in search of his dream...

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Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: The Medium
On from 14 Aug 2014 to 16 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Gian Carlo Menotti

Composed in 1946, The Medium is an eerie story that follows the journey of a fraudulent psychic woman. Often referred to as a musical drama, The Medium appeals to both theatre, opera and even film audiences.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
NOTHING TO SEE HERE
On from 12 Aug 2014 to 16 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by KimBo Theatre

How powerful is your imagination? Could it save your life?

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
GRIMEBORN - Werther
On from 19 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Jules Massenet, French libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann

This tragic tale of forbidden love tells the story of a young poet, Werther, and his beautiful muse, Charlotte.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: Acis and Galatea
On from 20 Aug 2014 to 23 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Handel

Eboracum Baroque return to the Arcola Theatre to present Handel’s pastoral “little opera” Acis and Galatea, accompanied by a small orchestra of period instruments.

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Genre - New Writing
GRIMEBORN - Madame X
On from 25 Aug 2014 to 27 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Tim Benjamin

“…we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…”

Madame X is a new opera by Tim Benjamin, inspired by the Italian operas of Handel and by Jacobean revenge drama. This dark, passionate and obsessive tale is peppered with black humour and explores the potent combination of money and power in the world of art.

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Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: Women Box
On from 25 Aug 2014 to 28 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Size Zero Opera and the Ligeti Quartet

Women Box is a triple bill of music theatre and opera co-produced by Size Zero Opera and the Ligeti Quartet celebrating the work of female composers through works celebrating the inclusion of Women's Boxing in the Commonwealth Games, and the rise of the female conductor!

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Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: The Coronation of Poppea
On from 29 Aug 2014 to 30 Aug 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Monteverdi New translation by John Warrack

Ryedale Festival Opera return to Grimeborn with Monteverdi’s greatest opera – an ‘immorality tale’ of power, lust and corruption in Imperial Rome.

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Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
GRIMEBORN: Aikainen
On from 01 Sep 2014 to 03 Sep 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Miika Hyytiäinen

Aikainen [ˈɑikɑinen] = early, about time

We all know what time means, or even think that we’re able to describe what time is, but we fail if we really have to explain it. “What is time?” is one of the central philosophical questions since Seneca.

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Genre - Musical
GRIMEBORN: Façade / Eight Songs for a Mad King
On from 05 Sep 2014 to 07 Sep 2014
Arcola Theatre
by William Walton/ Peter Maxwell Davies

Do we need a little madness to set us free, or just a little freedom to be mad?

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
THE COLLECTOR
On from 17 Nov 2014 to 22 Nov 2014
Arcola Theatre
by Henry Naylor

FRINGE FIRST WINNER at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
peddling
On from 30 Jan 2015 to 28 Feb 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Harry Melling

After acclaim at the annual HighTide Festival and Off-Broadway, Harry Melling performs his début play.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Abyss
On from 01 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Maria Milisavljevic

“MISSING. Karla Richter, 24. Was last seen before she left for the supermarket. Four days ago”

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Comedy
Clarion
On from 15 Apr 2015 to 16 May 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Mark Jagasia

Clarion is a blistering new comedy about free speech, nationalism and the state of the British media. Written by former journalist Mark Jagasia, who has worked for some of the UK's leading newspapers, it shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our democracy.

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Genre - Drama
Product
On from 27 Apr 2015 to 23 May 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Mark Ravenhill

Ravenhill vs Hollywood.

“This ferocious revival is a reminder of how thrilling Ravenhill’s work can be. It also boasts an absolutely killer performance by Olivia Poulet.” Time Out

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Cinema
On from 27 May 2015 to 30 May 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Steven Gaythorpe

19th August 1978. Cinema Rex fire, Iran. 422 dead.

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Genre - Drama
Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage
On from 20 May 2015 to 20 Jun 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Robin Soans

“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Now This Is Not The End
On from 03 Jun 2015 to 27 Jun 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Rose Lewenstein

“They’re just stories. There’ll come a point when nobody can remember”

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical Genre - Drama
Sarai
On from 21 Oct 2015 to 07 Nov 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Paul Anthony Morris

One woman's epic journey to found a new nation.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
ECHOES
On from 19 Nov 2015 to 21 Nov 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Henry Naylor

Following a critically acclaimed season at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fringe First Award winning Playwright, Henry Naylor, is proud to present the London Premiere of his brand new play, Echoes

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Genre - Drama
The Divided Laing
On from 18 Nov 2015 to 12 Dec 2015
Arcola Theatre
by Patrick Marmion

‘Some people are lucky: they get through life thinking the ground beneath them is solid...’

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Genre - New Writing
Women Redressed
On from 20 Mar 2016 to 20 Mar 2016
Arcola Theatre
by Sheer Height Theatre

Feminist theatre company Sheer Height make their Arcola début with their latest venture, Women Redressed. Following a sell-out first outing in November, the aptly named festival is back for one night only.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Thebes Land
On from 30 Nov 2016 to 23 Dec 2016
Arcola Theatre
by Sergio Blanco

How could anyone kill their own father? One of the rarest and most shocking crimes known to man is interrogated in this daring new play about retribution and justice, love and masculinity.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
Bliss
On from 30 Mar 2017 to 01 Apr 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Zülfü Livaneli

In the award-winning Bliss, Zülfü Livaneli pits tradition against modernity, East against West, and weaves an extraordinary story along the dividing lines of modern-day Turkey.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Tamburlaine
On from 15 Mar 2017 to 08 Apr 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Christopher Marlowe

A breathtaking interrogation of power, masculinity and the limits of violence. In his new adaptation for Yellow Earth theatre company, Ng Choon Ping directs a startling production with a British East Asian cast and live taiko drumming.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Ready Or Not
On from 11 Apr 2017 to 29 Apr 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Naylah Ahmed

In this timely political thriller from Naylah Ahmed (winner of the Royal National Theatre Playwrights Award), an innocent encounter soon develops into a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
The Plague
On from 05 Apr 2017 to 06 May 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Albert Camus, in a new version by Neil Bartlett

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
The Pulverised
On from 02 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Alexandra Badea

When work has no borders, what’s the cost? Alexandra Badea‘s captivating drama is a powerful and disturbing portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama
Richard III
On from 11 May 2017 to 10 Jun 2017
Arcola Theatre
by William Shakespeare

Gripping and outrageous, Shakespeare’s Richard III is the tale of a ruthless, power-crazed misogynist who lies and cheats his way to the highest seat in the land. Starring RSC associate Greg Hicks.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
These Trees Are Made Of Blood
On from 14 Jun 2017 to 15 Jul 2017
Arcola Theatre
by Paul Jenkins

Spectacular, arresting and totally unique, These Trees are Made of Blood blends cabaret and original live music to tell a vital, human story from Argentina’s Dirty War.

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