At the Arcola

The Roboski massacre is one of the most controversial episodes in the ‘war on terror’. Piecing together the fragments of the tragedy, Anders Lustgarten’s startling new play dares to ask what a massacre is made of.

Directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, Shrapnelis gripping exploration of military power, government surveillance and the state of the Middle East.

Opening performances of all Arcola shows are just £12, but tickets go quickly. See the show this week for the cheapest seats.

Shrapnel precedes the world premiere production of Clarionby Mark Jagasia – an urgent black comedy about free speech, nationalism and the state of the British media. Book for both shows at once and tickets are just £15 each (£12.50 concessions), using the offer code DOUBLEBILL.*

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* Tickets for both shows must be booked at the same time. Subject to availability.

Now playing

Until 28 March  |  Studio 2

HighTide Festival Theatre presents


by Harry Melling

After acclaim at the annual HighTide Festival and off-Broadway, Harry Melling – star of the Harry Potterfilms and I Am a Camera (Southwark Playhouse) – performs his début play.
‘Feels like the intersection of Beckett and Albee… A powerful and delicately calibrated performance’
— New York Times (Critic’s Choice)

‘Gutsy debut play by a first-class stage actor and an original new voice in British theatre … a thrillingly raw performance’
— Exeunt

The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, New York Post, Entertainment Weekly

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Coming soon

1 – 25 April  |  Studio 2

Rowan Rutter for InSite Performance presents


by Maria Milisavljevic

Maria Milisavljevic won the prestigious German Kleist Award for Young Dramatists in 2013 for Abyss, a poetic thriller, a touching love story, and a powerful drama about exile, friendship and loss. This is its UK premiere.

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27 April – 23 May  |  Studio 2

Robert Shaw for Inside Intelligence presents
Olivia Poulet in


by Mark Ravenhill

★★★★ “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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Young AYT

Young AYT gives 9-12 year olds living in and around Hackney the opportunity to engage creatively with the theatre. Our weekly sessions explore performance techniques such as character work, voice and movement. Each semester focuses on a fun and practical introduction to one of the major theatre practitioners, and culminates in a showcase of original work.

Our regular Thursday class is full, but we’re about to launch a new class on Fridays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. This group will begin on Friday 17th April. Classes cost £60 per term (limited bursaries are available). To register your interest, please fill in this form.

Thanks for being there with us

Last Saturday, Arcola staff joined over 20,000 people to march in central London for action on climate change.

Arcola aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre. To find out more about the work we’re doing, revisit our countdown to the march.

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