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February 2016

A Steady Rain

10 February – 5 March

A Steady Rain, from House of Cards and Mad Men writer Keith Huff, is a heart-stopping drama about a lifelong bond on the line. Since its 2009 Broadway debut, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, the play has won major plaudits and has been earmarked by Stephen Spielberg for a film adaptation. Don't miss the London premiere at Arcola, starring Vincent Regan (300, Troy, Clash of the Titans) and David Schaal (The Office, The Inbetweeners).

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince
8 February – 13 February

Arcola Queer Collective are back with a unique take on one of the most universally-cherished books of all time. This poignant re-imagining of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 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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Live jazz in Arcola Bar


Relax to the sound of classic jazz, sung by the enchanting Meg Cavanaugh. Music goes on until midnight and the bar stays open afterwards. Best of all, it's completely free.

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Photograph by Veronique et Charlotte


EVERY SATURDAY (11pm - 3am) Hip-Hop / Dance / R n' B w/ Bassi (Mt.Wolf) DJ FREE ENTRY 4 House Shots £10 / Red Stripe Deals All photos by Veronique et Charlotte

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My Funny Valentine…a tapestry of Greek Love Songs

14 February – 14 February

Rebetiko Carnival 2016 presents a night of Greek love music in the Arcola Bar! As the tempestuous storms of love thunder down on the country, sweeping some off their feet, but crushing others, join us as we celebrate... or commiserate together. There is nothing a good Greek love song cannot fix! A concert for all to enjoy... those who have found love and those who lost it. Fill you evening and heart with a selection of the most beautiful songs…

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27 Protagonists

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18 February – 20 February

On a beach, in a place not far from here, 27 Protagonists have been washed ashore – and are about to find themselves again. Drawing inspiration from the quiet ferocity and grand ambition of the golden age of silent films, 27 Protagonists is the latest production from Arcola's acclaimed performance company for older adults (previous work includes The Uncommercial Traveller with Punchdrunk).

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22 February – 27 February

PlayWROUGHT is the Arcola’s week-long festival of new writing. For this, its fourth edition, over two hundred new plays were submitted and considered. Now experience twelve of the most exciting new works in live, one-off rehearsed readings.

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Miniaturists 55

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28 February

The Miniaturists is the regular curated writer-led event dedicated to bringing you short, exhilarating, perfectly formed plays. Each show is packed with work from an exciting array of new and established playwrights all of whom see the short play as a form in itself rather than a means to an end. February's writers are Nick Cheesman, Declan Feenan, Catherine Thomas, Joyce Greenaway and James Huntrods.

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March 2016


Children of Syria
2 March – 5 March

Embroiled in civil war, the children of Syria are exiled from their home by a hostile regime. They flee from country to country in search of sanctuary, but every border is closed to them. What next? 2400 years on from the premiere of Euripides' The Children of Hercules, Arcola Ala-Turka stages an urgent new production drawing on perspectives from Turkey and right across Europe.

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The Crucible

15 March – 19 March

In a village, small and pious, a witch-hunt is brewing... Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem Witch Trials remains a powerful insight into the combustibility of community. For this production Caitriona McLaughlin, who was instrumental in creating the Royal Court’s Theatre Local project and is an Associate Director at the Playgound Studio London, directs some of the most exciting young actors from the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Part of the What Makes An Artist? season.

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The Dishonoured

15 March – 2 April

How far would you go to protect your reputation and your honour? Set in a world of espionage and secret agents, The Dishonoured is a compelling political thriller about surviving in a world of deceit and violence. When war hero Colonel Tariq joins the intelligence agency, his rise to the top seems assured. But during his first case investigating an alleged murder by a CIA agent, a diplomatic crisis erupts. As the two nations negotiate, angry mobs take to the…

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Balm in Gilead

29 March – 2 April

Welcome to Frank’s Cafe, a greasy spoon diner frequented by dealers, bums and vice. Meet the colourful and often desperate characters of New York’s seedy underworld in Lanford Wilson's critically-acclaimed play.

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May 2016

After Independence

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4 May – 28 May

The multi-award-winning Papatango present a world premiere from BBC Scriptroom winner May Sumbwanyambe. Africa is changing. Country by country, step by step. But for Guy and Kathleen, life on their ranch goes on, just as it has since their ancestors first claimed this land. Until a man from the new government arrives...

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