At the ARCOLA Theatre

Photos & first reviews of Drones, Baby, Drones!

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A new dark comedy by David Greig (The Events, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and a fast-paced thriller by Olivier-nominated Ron Hutchinson andChristina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Times.
“Vigorously performed and efficiently directed by Nicolas Kent and Mehmet Ergen” – Evening Standard

“Richly drawn … Greig’s familiar dramatic eloquence ensures salient observations about drone warfare” – The Stage

“Tunes into the peculiarities of a world in which people are either pixels or processing units” – WhatsOnStage

“The principal cast give standout performances … Disturbing, thought-provoking, well-acted” – Stage Review

This Thursday’s post-show discussion
  • Thursday 10 November – join Christina Lamb (Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Times) and Omran Belhadi (Reprieve) for a discussion with director Nicolas Kent
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The Island Nation receives Off West End award nomination for BEST NEW PLAY

Must end 19 November

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Be transported to the heart of Sri Lanka to discover the shocking truths, and the extraordinary human sides, of the biggest unreported war story of our time. Based on real events, The Island Nation is a visceral, revelatory new play from pioneering human rights theatre company ice&fire.
“A stylish staging … directed with flair” – The Times

“Compelling … impassioned … conveys the situation’s complexity and confusion” – The Stage

“A stark visual pattern, lighting, a build-up of sound and the fast pace of the production create a powerful sense of the war zone … Strong performances from all the cast” – British Theatre Guide
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22 November – 17 December

How To Date A Feminist returns for 3 weeks only due to popular demand!

Gutted you missed it the first time? Loved it so much you want to see it again? Good news! We’re bringing How To Date A Feminist back – just in time for the festive season. Bring your friends, colleagues and/or lovers to this ‘whip-smart romp…wonderfully funny’ (Exeunt). Tickets are available now.
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From 30 November  |  1000 tickets at just £10

Thebes Land

How could anyone kill their own father? One of the rarest and most shocking crimes known to man is interrogated in this daring new play, with the on-stage participation of convicted patricide Martin Santos.

Director Daniel Goldman said of the piece: “When I saw the original Uruguayan production of Thebes Land at a festival in Colombia, I came out physically shaking with joy at what the play was doing. It’s both a play about patricide and play about making plays. It’s very funny, very clever, very moving – at its heart it’s an impossible love story – but above all else, it’s a play that twists, turns and surprises throughout, juggling different layers of reality.”

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See 5 shows for £50 or less with Arcola Passport.

Photo of the week

From our Instagram account – the team of Thebes Land having fun in rehearsals!
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Lyric Hammersmith


19 November – 07 January

The Lyric’s traditional panto returns in 2016 when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. ‘No one throws a party quite like the Lyric Hammersmith’ TimeOut on Panto 2015. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical genie. Read more

The Albany

The Residents

14 November – 3 December

A site-specific ghost story staged in real homes across South London.
Inspired by the latest discoveries in gravitational wave technology, The Residents will encourage you to consider who came before and what you might leave after you have gone. Post Show Talk, Thursday 17 November. Read more

Trafalgar Studio 2

It Is Easy To Be Dead

9 November – 3 December

★★★★★ The Guardian. When twenty year old Charles Sorley is killed during the First World War, his devastated parents are left with only his letters and poems to remember him by. Using his extraordinary writings and music from the period, It Is Easy To Be Dead is a tender portrait of a brief life filled with promise, cut short by war. Read more

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