At the Arcola

I wanted to get in touch directly on this very exciting day at Arcola.

Mark Jagasia spent 12 years writing for some of Britain’s best-known newspapers. In 2007, he left the industry to write an explosive first play about it.

Clarion shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our national press. As soon as I received the script last year, I programmed a reading in our PlayWROUGHT festival of new writing. Those who were there know how special it was. I left determined to bring the play to a wider audience, and to direct a full production.

This is it. Tonight, 21 days before the general election, Clarion opens at Arcola Theatre. In the lead roles, two of the finest actors of their generation: Greg Hicks, acclaimed member of the RSC for almost 40 years, and three-time Olivier Award-winner Clare Higgins. An outstanding supporting cast. An exceptional and ambitious team of designers.

We’re all ready, and extremely excited, to present the world premiere of Mark’s blistering comedy.

Tickets are cheap (you’ll get change from £20). The bar is open from 5pm till late. The stage is set. We hope you’ll join us.

Mehmet Ergen
Artistic Director

Opening performances at Arcola – All tickets £12 – this week only

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Abyss continues in Studio 2

Must end 25 April

★★★★ ‘Sublime, poetical story telling’
Exeunt Magazine
★★★★ “A beautiful piece of writing”
– WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Clever, pacey and fluid.”
Everything Theatre
“Intense, gymnastic, and sharply drilled”
– The Times

Maria Milisavljevic won the prestigious German Kleist Award for Young Dramatists for Abyss. Her exhilarating play is a poetic thriller, a touching love story, and a powerful drama about exile, friendship and loss.

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Coming soon

27 April – 23 May  |  Studio 2

Olivia Poulet in


by Mark Ravenhill

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7 – 9 May  |  Studio 4

The Texas Sharpshooter

Created and directed by Sebastian Armesto & Dudley Hinton

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 All tickets £5 

20 May – 20 June  |  Studio 1

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

by Robin Soans

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Read our interview with Gareth Thomas

27 – 30 May  |  Studio 2


by Steven Gaythorpe

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Creative Engagement

Arcola Queer Collective presents

All Delighted People #1

Arcola Queer Colletive return after their sell out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in January with a new performance evening.

A Post-Apolcalyptic Beauty Pageant, join us from 10.30pm (doors 10pm) in Arcola Bar to help us crown Mx ADP 2015! And it’s FREE!

Featuring: Rubyyy Jones, Tina Gurner, Trashbag Trish, Drag King Cole, Travis Alabanza and more…

For anyone aged 55+

A 6-week improvisation course
Led by the amazing Alison Goldie

Open to anyone who wants to learn new skills and meet new people.

  • Starts May 13th
  • Every Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm
  • Cost: £45

To join,

Young AYT: Final call

New Friday class for 9 to 12-year-olds, led by Cheryl Walker, who has previously worked for Arcola, the Almeida, the National Theatre and London Bubble. Begins 17th April; cost £60 per term. To join, email

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