at the ARCOLA

  • Nicolas Kent joins Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen to direct DRONES, BABY, DRONES: two urgent new plays about drone warfare by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb.
  • Trevor White and Alex Austin star in THEBES LAND, a daring new play about retribution and justice created by Sergio Blanco and director Daniel Goldman.
  • Belarus Free Theatre premiere a powerful new work about schizophrenia –TOMORROW I WAS ALWAYS A LION – based on a memoir by Arnhild Lauveng.
  • Ria Parry directs THE ISLAND NATION, Christine Bacon’s enthralling new play about civil war in Sri Lanka.
  • Henry Naylor’s critically-acclaimed ANGEL, based on the legend of Syria’s ‘Angel of Kobane’, receives its London premiere.
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This week at Arcola…

New reviews for Kenny Morgan

Must end 15 October

★★★★★ ‘An utterly breathtaking & heart-wrenching night… Unmissable!’ –Everything Theatre

★★★★ ‘You’re unlikely to see a finer play with a gay theme any time soon’ –The Gay UK

★★★★ ‘Mike Poulton might have written the play Terence Rattigan did not dare’ – West End Wilma

★★★★★ ‘An ensemble of terrific performances’ – British Theatre

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Plus the original reviews!

Starting this week, Arcola’s picks from the Edinburgh Fringe arrive in East London.   See the season »

4-8 October

Empty Beds

The Wyld sisters tend to avoid each other. Today they’re stuck on a train, en route to visit their brother for his birthday. In light of recent events, they’re determined to show a united front. But 250 miles into the journey, patience is wearing thin…

This ★★★★ (Three Weeks, Fest, Arts Award Voice) funny, frank and touching new play about sisterhood and family crisis comes to Arcola after an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the Scottish Daily Mail Drama Award and the Eddie Award.

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Meet writer and actor Julia Cranney and actor Carys Wright  »

Coming up…
11 – 15 October


DugOut Theatre – the company that brought you Inheritance Blues and The Sunset Five – examine how lies become stories and stories become legend.

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18 – 22 October

Callisto: A Queer Epic

This bold, ambitious new play traces a constellation of queer stories, reframing past narratives and sculpting future worlds.

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Take part

26 & 27 October

Honeypot Holmes and The Peculiar Case of the Disappearing Wildflowers

Why are the wildflowers disappearing? How do we recognise the signs and what can we do to help? Join Honeypot Holmes, the renowned Bee Detective as she investigates the role of wildflowers in Britain’s eco-system. Supported by Grow Wild.

For all ages

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Technically Speaking

Following a sell out production in January 2016, Arcola’s Technically Speaking programme – which uses theatre to tackle the stigma surrounding men’s mental health – is returning.

We’re looking for men aged 18 and over, whose lives have been affected either directly or indirectly by mental health conditions, and who are passionate about making a difference to their own lives and the lives of others.

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Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Jérôme Bel’s Gala

11 October

LIFT brings world class dance to Tottenham for one night only this October. Jérôme Bel’s Gala is a triumphant celebration of dancing – amateur, professional and everything in between. Twenty Londoners from all walks of life fill the stage, some young and fit, some older and less so, but all bringing joy, passion and often failure. Read more

Park Theatre

This Little Life of Mine

4 – 29 Oct

With exciting jobs, great friends and a tiny overpriced flat in Zone 2, Izzy and Jonesy have it all. Or do they? This Little Life of Mine brings to life a rich assortment of characters you’ll know only too well, in a comic but poignant exploration of love, loneliness and obsession in our capital city. In fact it’s a lot like life… but with songs. Read more

Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Until You Hear That Bell

6 – 8 Oct

A smart, funny and poignant spoken word performance, former Roundhouse poetry collective artist Sean Mahoney fuses boxing, poetry and family in a monologue of personal stories broken by the blow of a whistle: stories about doing something for ten years, and slowly getting good at it. Read more

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