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11/01/2017–11/02/2017

“The truth is a blade that can turn.”

Out of sight and out of mind, Russia’s lost souls spend their days in squalor. Hope can be found in a drink or a dream. But when reality is ignored, how can it be changed?

Visceral, fierce, stark and often funny, The Lower Depths pushes at the limits of the human spirit and reveals a society at breaking point.

Having shocked audiences right across Europe, Maxim Gorky’s masterful portrait of the disenfranchised and left-behind became one of the most celebrated and influential plays of the 20th century.

For this major and timely new production, internationally-acclaimed director Helena Kaut-Howson returns following her productions of Platonov: Sons Without Fathers, Uncle Vanya and Yerma at Arcola, King Lear at the Young Vic and A Tender Thing at the RSC.

Arcola’s Revolution Ensemble perform the play, prior to Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.


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Essential viewing for anyone interested in the origins of modern theatre ... A cast of 18 bring [Gorky's] drifters and derelicts vividly to life in a production that captures his blend of compassion and cruelty
—The Guardian
★★★★ An immensely talented and impressive cast inhabit this world in an utterly convincing way, with performances that are captivating
—Reviews Hub
Top notch ... Kaut-Howson gets maximum impact out of her cast of 18, a size of company almost unheard-of these days
—Financial Times
★★★★ A powerful piece of theatre... handsomely staged – there is a terrific skeletal set of ladders and spaces by Iona McLeish which conjures up the rooming house perfectly allowing space for the stories to be told sometimes simultaneously – and director Helena Kaut-Howson has secured a series of fine performances from her cast.
—ReviewsGate
Jack Klaff as Satin gives a memorable performance and Doug Rao shines as the thief Vesska.
—The London Economic
Thrilling and immersive ... Each cast member manages to maintain a delicately balanced duality: between a fleshed-out, engaging character, and as a stand-in for more universal ideas and concerns.
—A Younger Theatre

Cast

Jude Akuwudike

Medvyedev

Jacob Banser

Krivoy Zob

Ian Barritt

Kostyliov

Jim Bywater

Luka

Omer Cem Coltu

2nd Policeman

Ruth Everett

Vassilissa Karpovna

Abhin Galeya

Kleesht

Katie Hart

Natasha

Mark Jax

Bubnov

Tricia Kelly

Kvashnia

Jack Klaff

Satin

Adrianna Pawlowska

Anna

Doug Rao

Vassily Pepel

Ved Sapru

Alyoshka

Simon Scardifield

The Actor

James Simmons

Baron

Nick Voyia

Tartar

Jade Williams

Nastya

Text

by Maxim Gorky, translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair

Direction

Helena Kaut-Howson

Design

Iona McLeish

Lighting Design

David Howe

Sound Design

Neil McKeown

Production Manager

Ian Taylor

Stage Manager

Tamsin Withers

Production Electrician

Ed Locke

Assistant Stage Manager

Bethan McKnight

Makeup Designer

Rosemarie Swinfield

Costume Supervisor

Emma Lynch

Fight Director

John Sandeman


A production by Arcola Theatre and KP Productions.

Tickets

Tier A £19
Tier A (concession) £15
Tier B £14
Tier B (concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (11-14 January) £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm.
No performances Sunday.

Press Night - Monday 16 January, 7.30pm
Supporters' Social - Tuesday 17 January, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance - Saturday 21 January, 3.00pm

Running time: 175 minutes approximately (including interval).