At the Arcola

Clare Higgins and Greg Hicks to star in Clarion

Clare Higgins, six-time nominee and three-time winner of the Olivier Award for Best Actress, is to star opposite Critics’ Circle award-winner Greg Hicks in Clarion.

Former journalist Mark Jagasia‘s blistering new comedy – set in the offices of Britain’s worst newspaper, The Daily Clarion – shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our democracy.

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen directs the world premiere production, which opens in less than four weeks on 15 April, and must close on 16 May.

The full cast includes Peter Bourke, Jim Bywater, Jim Dunkley, Laura Smithers and Ryan Wichert.

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£15 tickets when you book for Shrapnel too

Using the offer code DOUBLEBILL        Book now

Now playing until 2 April  |  Studio 1

Arcola Theatre presents

34 Fragments of a Massacre

by Anders Lustgarten
Directed by Mehmet Ergen

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, Shrapnel is a story of malicious commands and mournful commemorations; an urgent, powerful insight into the state of modern warfare.

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★★★★ ‘Makes its point with a controlled ferocity’
— The Guardian
★★★★★ ‘Left me physically shaken, in tears … I cannot thank its writer, director and cast enough’ — Stage Review

★★★★ ‘This is a heartbreaking, terrifying story that needs to be told.’ —Remotegoat

★★★★ ‘Anders Lustgarten provides succinct and intelligent dialogue. Every line has power’ — The Upcoming

Just announced!Post-show discussion with playwright Anders Lustgarten, actor Lucy Ellinson and journalist Paul Mason. Free for ticket-holders on Wednesday 25 March.  Book now

Don’t miss…

Now playing until 28 March  |  Studio 2

HighTide Festival Theatre presents


Written and performed by Harry Melling

A selection of reviews from the Arcola run…
★★★★ ‘A memorable writing debut’ — Evening Standard(Critics’ Choice)
★★★★ ‘Exciting, unique and memorable’ —The Times
★★★★ — Financial Times
★★★★ ‘An impressive debut in more ways than one’ —The Stage
★★★★★ ‘A must see for the short time it is in London’ —Plays To See

Harry Melling’s poetic début play opened to acclaim at the annual HighTide Festival and Off-Broadway. Now see the London premiere at Arcola.

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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 forAbyss, 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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