The Arcola Theatre 29 November 2013

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29 NOVEMBER 2013
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★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★ The Arts Desk

★★★★ “[A] vigorous, entertaining and ultimately haunting play
Emma West is perfect
Libby Purves

A superb performance by Emma West who not only looks remarkably like Siddal, but also brings a passionate inner life to this troubled but talented woman
The Guardian

Emma West’s performance as Siddal is compelling
TimeOut

West is a name to watch
The Times

Copperhead Productions and Peter Huntley Productions present
A new play
LIZZIE SIDDAL
by Jeremy Green
20 November – 21 December

The dramatic story of the woman who journeyed from obscurity to fame, first as the model for Millais’ legendary painting of ‘Ophelia’; then as protagonist in a notorious tragedy still being debated to this day.

London, 1849.  Lizzie is plucked from a bonnet shop to model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – an intoxicating group of young painters bent on revolutionising the Victorian art world.  She throws herself headlong into their lives and their work.  She falls in love with their charismatic leader, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  She nearly dies in the creation of ‘Ophelia’.  But the painting is a sensation – and Lizzie dreams of a bigger prize.  Against the odds, she sets out to become an artist in her own right.

LABUTE IN STUDIO 2
SOT Stage and Arcade Productions present
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
by Neil LaBute
27 November – 21 December

How far would you go for love? If you’d do anything for them, would you do… anything?

At the edge of obsession, in the bleakest shades of morality, and with blistering and gut-wrenching consequences, join two girls and two guys as they get screwed, and screwed over, in this sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes hilarious play that examines the lengths we can go to for acceptance, the lies we can tell in our most intimate moments and the meaning of art.

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BOOK NOW: SPANISH GOLDEN AGE SEASON
Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath & Belgrade Theatre Coventry present
DON GIL OF THE GREEN BREECHES 
Don Gil de la Calzas Verdes (1615) 
by Tirso de Molina, in a new translation by Sean O’Brien 
9 January – 15 March 2014

Don Gil of the Green Breeches is an exuberant comedy which blends mistaken identity, role-reversal, ghosts and green trousers.

Dona Juana has fallen for the oldest trick in the book. The dashing Don Martin, the man she thought she was going to marry, has left her for the wealthy Dona ines. However Dona Juana is not the sort of woman to take this lying down.

She pulls on a pair of green breeches and sets off to Madrid in hot pursuit of Don Martin, assuming the same name he is using to woo his new lover – a strategy which will either cause a change of heart or complete chaos.

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Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath & Belgrade Theatre Coventry present
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT REVENGE

El Castigo sin Venganza (1631) 
by Lope de Vega, in a new translation by Meredith Oakes
10 January – 14 March 2014

The Duke of Ferrara has lived a wild and unconventional life. An infamous womaniser, his only son, Federico, is a bastard whom he dreams will one day succeed him.

When his subjects demand that he marry and provide them with the stability of a legitimate heir, the proud and beautiful Cassandra, Duchess of Mantua, is sent to be his bride. But everything does not fall happily into place.

A passionate love develops – but not between the Duke and his Duchess – and, in a culture where honour is the highest virtue, there can be only one outcome.

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Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath & Belgrade Theatre Coventry present
A LADY OF LITTLE SENSE

La Dama Boba (1613) 
by Lope de Vega, in a new translation by David Johnston
11 January – 15 March 2014

A Lady of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes.

The sticking point? Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid. Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage?

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*Book all three shows for £45 using code SPANISH45 – for only £5 more, get an Arcola Passport at £10 a ticket plus 10% off at the Arcola bar                       
ARCOLA ENGAGEMENT
Arcola Youth Theatre presents
ONCE IT’S OVER THE AUDIENCE WILL CHEER…

What is it that you expect to achieve by coming here today?

60 young people flirt with the boundaries of what is real and what is not, what is theatrical and what is not, and explore what matters and what doesn’t.

Please note: This is a promenade theatre performance across multiple spaces at Arcola Theatre. Should you have any access requirements, please contact Box Office prior to booking

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GREEN ARCOLA
CONVERSATIONS IN CONTEXT
Voices from the Future

Arcola Theatre is inviting six young people to be active players in discussions around issues generated by climate change. Theatre provides a perfect vehicle for the discussion, transmission and dissemination of stories and perspectives. By engaging young people in the discussion, and then training them to write these thoughts into a play, we aim to contribute to wider artistic engagement with climate change.

On Sunday 1 December, we will see the outcome of the four week process, with scratch performances of the scenes and short plays the young playwrights have created. 

Entry is free, but please RSVP by emailing green@arcolatheatre.com

More

GREEN ARCOLA GALLERY

Arcola Theatre launches Green Arcola Gallery, a new platform for visual artists engaging with science and sustainability. 

The theatre foyer will host a series of bi-monthly exhibitions opening on 29 November with a solo show by Holly Owen, whose work questions contemporary nature-culture relationships and perceptions of disrupted environments.

HACKNEY VOICES COMMUNITY CHOIR
1 December
Studio 4
1.00pm – 2.00pm

Following their joyous performance here last year, the wonderful Hackney Voices Community Choir return to the Arcola with the stunning vocal quartet Anima, bringing songs of the earth and sea to celebrate the Green Sunday event on 1 December, and Christmas songs from Medieval England, Africa and Eastern Europe.

ARCOLA BAR
MONDAY  –  SATURDAY
10am until late

“We’d go for the drinks menu alone.” Evening Standard

Arcola Bar is now serving hot food just in time for the cold weather. Come in and enjoy a variety of classic Southern Mediterranean dishes prepared by El Molino, both meat and vegetarian. Selection changes daily.

Drop by for drinks and light snacks. We work with local suppliers and serve organic, sustainable and fair trade products.

GRANNY LOPEZ COMES TO THE ARCOLA BAR!
Saturday 7 December
1.00pm until late afternoon
£9 includes two courses plus bread

For my family and friends, the best I have.

Granny’s Sunday Feast is an initiative that brings to London traditional and regional recipes from all over Spain. Meals are prepared by Spaniards using high quality ingredients to the strict specification of authentic Spanish grannies. On Saturday 7 December, Granny Lopez will be coming to Arcola to serve Lentejas, brown spanish lentils and chorizo stew with vegetables, followed by Peras al Vino, poached pears in spiced red wine.

 EVENTS
MINIATURISTS 44
1 December
5pm and 8pm
Tickets £12 (£9 concessions)

Small but perfectly formed since 2005

The Miniaturists is the regular curated writer-led event dedicated to bringing you short, exhilarating, perfectly formed plays. Each show is packed with work from an exciting array of new and established playwrights all of whom see the short play as a form in itself rather than a means to an end.

December’s Writers are: James Martin Charlton, Phil Davies, Eve Leigh, Steve Waters and Nathan Wood

We love the short play format and believe that a play in miniature can deliver a sucker punch like nothing else. We also like to think the mix makes for a night as unpredictable and varied as life itself…and we’ve been making short work of it since 2005.

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elsewhere…
Hampstead Theatre
FAULT LINES
5 December – 4 January

Disasters Relief’s Christmas parties are legendary – but their aftermath cataclysmic. Nick and Abi wake amidst the carnage to breaking news: a massive earthquake has struck Pakistan. With the appalling spectre of last night’s antics hanging over everything, the day rapidly spirals into a web of secrets and lies… 

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Theatre 503
BORIS AND SERGEY’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE
Company devised
10 December – 11 January 2014

Following their sell-out smash at the Edinburgh Fringe and hoping to capitalise on their eight 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 an improvised crossover cabaret featuring Bunraku Puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences. BOOK TICKETS


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