Unleash The Dog

18 September – 18 October 2014  |  Studio 2

Opening performances just £12

‘Mesmerising’, ‘coolly clever’, ‘nastily arresting’. That’s what critics thought of previous plays by Marius von Mayenburg during their runs at the Young Vic and the Royal Court. This week, the UK premiere of The Dog, the Night and the Knife comes to Arcola Theatre in a thrilling translation by Maja Zade. Don’t miss this fast-paced, heart-stopping drama from one of Europe’s most exciting young playwrights.

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Now playing

Until 11 October 2014  |  Studio 1

Sarah Stribley Productions presents

Ghost From A Perfect Place

by Philip Ridley

First reviews are in!

★★★★★ ‘Thrilling … faultless … a contemporary classic’ The Arts Desk
★★★★★ ‘A triumph – the staging and direction are faultless’ The Gay UK
★★★★★ ‘Deeply moving … It has to be experienced’ Theatrefullstop
★★★★ ‘Hard-hitting and perfectly provocative’ The Upcoming

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.

Back in the swinging sixties, Travis Flood led a gang that terrorised East London. Now, after an absence of many years, he returns to find his old turf in the clutches of a new kind of gang…with a new kind of leader.

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TONIGHT: see Philip Ridley read his own poetry
Free to ticket holders, the first in an exciting programme of post-show events to accompany Ghost From A Perfect Place. Read more

Coming soon

15 October – 15 November 2014  |  Studio 1

Arcola Theatre presents

The Rivals

by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 Tickets selling fast – book now to avoid disappointment 

The sparkling wit and whirlwind plot of The Rivals has delighted audiences for 240 years. This brand new production reinvigorates Sheridan’s masterpiece with modern touches and theatrical flair. It is the first time the Arcola has staged late Restoration comedy.

Selina Cadell, last seen in the National Theatre productions ofPeople and The Habit of Art, has directed acclaimed versions of The Way of the World and The Importance of Being Earnest. For this classic comedy, her cast includes Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sense and Sensibility) as Mrs Malaprop and Nicholas Le Prevost (Shakespeare in Love, My Fair Lady) as Sir Anthony Absolute.

Opening performances just £12 (limited availability).

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Miniaturists 48

October 5, 5pm and 8pm  |  Studio 1

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.

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Holy & Horny

October 12, 8pm  |  Studio 2

Holy & Horny is a celebratory, inspirational, powerful, deeply moving and superbly acted one-woman show that celebrates women’s spirituality and sensuality. All 20 characters are played by actress and author Tonya Joy Bolton using comedy, mime, physical theatre, song and poetry.

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Community performance companies


We’re pleased to announce a new community performance company designed to represent the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) communities of East London. We will be holding an informal info session for interested participants, of all ages and previous experience, onThursday 18th September (7.30-9.30pm), followed by a workshop to help formulate the final company on Wednesday 24th September (also 7.30-9.30pm).

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If you are a resident of Hackney or the surrounding boroughs, and are over the age of sixty, you are invited to join the acclaimed Arcola 60+ group. Running every week and working towards a professional productions once a year, Arcola 60+ is a great opportunity to meet new people with a shared passion for theatre and to work with experienced theatre professionals. Membership costs £45 per term. Spaces are still available in both groups: Wednesdays from 7.30 – 9.30pm and on Fridays from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

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Go behind the scenes

As every year, we are opening the whole of Arcola this Open House Weekend. If you’d like to have a look behind the scenes, find out about the history of the building and the sustainability features which make it practically the first carbon-neutral theatre in the world, join us for one of our tours:Saturday 20th September, 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 6pm
Sunday 21st September, 12noon – 5pm

Tours are every half hour. Sign up on the day; no need to pre-book in advance.

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Have you heard about the Support Arcola scheme? By becoming a Supporter, you’ll receive a host of benefits and make an essential contribution to Arcola’s work. Spread the word!

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5 shows for just £50

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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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