At the Arcola

Kenny Morgan premieres on 18 May

We’re thrilled to announce a brand new play by Mike Poulton – Tony nominated for his Broadway versions of Fortune’s Fool, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

This unmissable drama shines a light on the volatile relationship between the actor Kenneth Morgan and Terence Rattigan, one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated playwrights.

Lucy Bailey (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic;Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s Globe) directs two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating in the title role.

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500 tickets now available at just £10

Must end Saturday

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie

★★★★ “A big, ambitious and thought-provoking play … a fiercely lucid production.”The Guardian

★★★★ “This play will remain relevant for a long time to come”The Reviews Hub

For the first time since Lampedusa, award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre) and HighTide director Steven Atkinson (peddling) reunite for a breathtaking story about the makings of a superpower.

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Listen to an interview with Anders Lustgarten

Next week

3-7 May
Richard II
by William Shakespeare

★★★★ “David Cameron should rush to see this politically charged Richard II … Clear, pacy and rich in sharply delineated performances”
– Daily Telegraph

Following an explosive premiere in the House of Commons, this provocativeRichard II comes to Arcola for 7 performances only. Starring Tim Delap(Jane Wenham, The Woman In Black) and Hermione Gulliford (3 Winters, Hotel at the National Theatre).

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Free post-show discussion on Wednesday 4 May – Book now
4-28 May
After Independence
A new play by May SumbwanyambeInspired by real events in Zimbabwe, BBC Scriptroom winner May Sumbwanyambe‘s debut play is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in a postcolonial world.

Starring Stefan Adegbola (The Christians, Gate Theatre), Sandra Duncan (King John, RSC), Peter Guinness (The Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange) and Beatriz Romilly (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Globe).

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Free post-show events just announced – View the full line-up

Coming soon

9-14 May
The Little Prince
Performed by Arcola Queer Collective

Returning for one week only in Studio 1, this unique take on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s universally-cherished classic speaks to the castaway in all of us: challenging our perspectives, opening our eyes and bringing us back to what truly matters.

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PLUS, DON’T MISS…
LITTLE PRINXES, an afternoon of original short plays inspired by The Little Prince

1 May

Classical Death Match: Mozart vs Beethoven

Basement Orchestra return to Arcola for one night only.

12 June

Bowie’s Baby Ballroom

A family dance floor throbbing to the beat of Bowie’s greatest hits.

Must end Saturday

Scenes From 68* Years

★★★★★ “An exceptional production… wickedly funny and heartbreaking.”The Stage

★★★★★ “The stories weave in and out of each other in a performance that works like a beautiful piece of music.”Londonist

Last chance to see another side of Palestine – the dreams, comedy, sadness and frustrations of everyday life under occupation. Chris White directs an ensemble of 8 actors, one of them appearing via live video feed.

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Sold out except tonight and Sat matinee

Elsewhere

Park Theatre

Happy To Help

14 June – 9 July

An acerbic new comedy about how we’ve become a nation of shop assistants. Shortlisted for the 2015 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize. Limited number of £10 tickets available for 15 June – use the code EARLYBIRD10.   Read more

Royal Court Theatre

Ophelias Zimmer

17 -21 May

3 of the UK’s most acclaimed theatre artists challenge our cultural images of Ophelia in art and on stage. Directed by Katie Mitchell, designed by Chloe Lamford, text by Alice Birch.  Read more

Trafalgar Studios

No Villain

14 June – 9 July

Arthur Miller’s remarkable debut play offers a tantalising glimpse of his early life and career, and the seeding of his political values. No Villain transfers to the West End after a critcally-acclaimed run at the Old Red Lion Theatre.  Read more


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