All change at Arcola

You wait for a new production at Arcola Theatre, then three come along at once! Tonight is opening night for The Coronation of Poppea and Shadows of Time – The 13th B’ak’tun: the latest two operas in our acclaimed Grimeborn season. Little Stitches plays in the Arcola Tent following a sell-out run at Theatre503. And you may have noticed a brand new newsletter design, which we hope makes it easier to browse upcoming productions at Arcola. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Now playing

29 – 30 August 2014  |  Studio 1

Ryedale Festival presents

The Coronation of Poppea

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.

“This was a triumph, another feather in Ryedale’s operatic cap” ★★★★★ The York Press
“There were really promising young voices on display” ★★★★ Music OMH
“A splendid production” The Scarborough News

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29 – 30 August 2014  |  Studio 2

Marsyas Trio presents

Shadows of Time – The 13th B’ak’tun

The ancient Mayans divided time into cycles of thirteen B’ak’tun, and every cycle marked renewal. Cycles move forward from the beginning of time.

Shadows of Time – The 13th B’ak’tun is a story of hope and renewal, of humanity’s common history and of human beings’ ultimate place in the universe. It is told with shadow puppets and a trio of flute, cello and piano.

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29 – 30 August 2014  |  Arcola Tent

BAREtruth Theatre Company presents

Little Stitches

(The Independent, Evening Standard, The Times, The Upcoming)

BAREtruth Theatre Company announces the world première of Little Stitches, an evening of four plays each tackling the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Coming soon

Culture-cooperative ExClaM! presents


by Miika Hyytiäinen

Aikainen [ˈɑikɑinen] = Finnish for early, about time. We all know what time means, but can we explain it? Aikainen features performance art, 3D-printed ocarinas, a walk-in score in the shape of a mobius strip, a 3D-video with the mythological Norns sung by Finland’s leading opera singers, and the whole spectrum of the human voice.

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Melos Sinfonia & Helios Chamber Opera presents

Façade / Eight Songs for a Mad King

by William Walton & Peter Maxwell Davies

This unusual pairing will take you on a journey into the heart of twentieth-century musical innovation, whilst examining different states of human psychology and exploring what it means to be truly mad.

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Sarah Stribley Productions presents

Ghost From A Perfect Place

by Philip Ridley

Multi award-winning playwright Philip Ridley returns to the Arcola with his contemporary classic Ghost From A Perfect Place, a scorchingly dark comedy where a monster from the past meets the monsters of the present.

Cast announced!
Scarlett Brookes, Michael Feast, Florence Hall, Rachel Redford, Sheila Reid.

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Post-show events

RIVE Productions presents

The Dog, The Night and The Knife

by Marius Von Mayenburg, Translated by Maja Zade

A hot August night. M finds himself at the dead end of a dark and deserted street, where everything has decayed and time has stopped. Hurled into a nightmare world, where wolves prowl, hunger is everywhere, and nothing is quite what it seems, M does the only logical thing: he runs.

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Arcola Passport

5 shows for just £50

Love Arcola Theatre? Come often?

Save up to 50% on tickets, and 10% at the Arcola Bar, by getting an Arcola Passport. You’ll get 5 plays for just £50 guaranteed!

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Arcola Bar

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am til late

Drop by the Arcola Bar for an unbeatable selection of drinks and light snacks. We’re working with local suppliers to serve up exciting and surprising new options. And as you’d expect from the Arcola, they’re organic, sustainable and fair trade. 10% discount for Arcola Passport holders!

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