A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens tonight!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens tonight!

For one week only, Arcola Queer Collective‘s dazzling, hilarious reworking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Arcola. Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare’s original words, and new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st century.

Read more      Book now      Age suitability: 18+

Gala night – Friday 18 December
All tickets £25. Includes admission to the show, a complimentary drink, a post-show discussion and live music from Rudi Douglas.
★★★★★
“Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.” – Gay Times
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Final week of Howard Barker Double Bill

Don’t miss the London premiere of The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo, featuring a 3D audio experience voiced by Nicholas Le Prevost (The Rivals, Man and Superman), and Judith: A Parting From The Body starring Catherine Cusack (Bingo, All That Fall).

Robyn Winfield-Smith‘s critically-acclaimed double bill makes for an exhilarating evening with “England’s greatest living dramatist” (The Times).
 

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NOMINATED: BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Off West End Awards

Last chance to get a Passport for Christmas

This Wednesday is the last day to order a Passport for Christmas.

Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one, the Arcola Passport offers access to 5 shows plus 50% off at Arcola Bar.

Best of all, it’s just £50 (and even cheaper if you’re under 30). Or get a Passport Plus One for £95, and bring someone along for the ride.

Tickets always work out at £10 or less.

Read more    Buy yours now

Next year at Arcola

5 – 30 January
Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern
A new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s beautiful, throat-catching new play is alive with the mysteries of nature, sex and the supernatural, and blasts society’s hunger to find – and create – witches.“A heady brew of sex and sorcery” The Guardian

Read more      Book now

Visit ThisIsAWitch.com

Free events just announced!

  • Post-show discussion with cast and director Ria Parry – Monday 11 January, post-show
  • ‘Then & Now: Witches, Women and Outsiders’, with special guests including broadcaster and historian Suzannah Lipscomb, artist and curator Deanna Petherbridge and Sian McGee of the Women’s Equality Party – Saturday 23 January, 5.45pm

Find out more

6 – 30 January
Nine Lives
A new play by Zodwa Nyoni

This gripping new play from Zodwa Nyoni (Channel 4 Writer in Residence 2014) threads together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines. Former West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Director Alex Chisholm directs Lladel Bryant, UK Young Citizen of the Year in 2006 and the co-founder of Chicken Shop Shakespeare.“Unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.” The Scotsman

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Free events just announced!

  • Platforma Jam music from young refugees and migrants in London – Saturday 16 January, 5.30-6.30pm (Book now)
  • Music from Zimbabwe – Saturday 23 January, 5.30-6.30pm (Book now)
  • Bards Without Borders: refugee and migrant poets inspired by Shakespeare perform on the Arcola stage – Saturday 30 January, 5.30-6.30pm (Book now)

Find out more

Live jazz in Arcola Bar

After the shows end in our studios, jazz begins in our bar. Enjoy a drink to the sound of Meg Cavanaugh and her band. It’s free every Friday after 10pm.

Season’s greetings!
Arcola Theatre will be closed from Sunday 20 December until Monday 4 January

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