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May 2016

Richard II

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3 May—7 May

Richard II is Shakespeare's great political drama about the seduction of power and the tragedy of losing it. This provocative new version uses Shakespeare's original text, but relocates the action to 21st century Westminster. After a political heavyweight dies in mysterious circumstances, rifts emerge at the top of the British establishment. There are difficult questions for Richard, the nation's leader. And Harri Bolingbroke, his charismatic cousin, wants answers.

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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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It's every Friday, and it's completely free. Join the enchanting Meg Cavanaugh and pals in Arcola Bar for an evening of Live Jazz from 10.30pm through till late.

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The Little Prince

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9 May—14 May

Arcola Queer Collective's sell-out production is back. 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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Assembly Point Four


A very special live jazz treat from Assembly Point Four (Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Oxford University Music Faculty) in Arcola Bar. 10pm - Late.

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Little Prinxes : New Short Plays

14 May

An afternoon of original short plays inspired by The Little Prince and written by members of the Collective.

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Kenny Morgan

18 May—18 June

Kenneth Morgan is the unflinching new play from Mike Poulton (Tony nominated for his Broadway versions of Fortune’s Fool, Wolf Hall, and Bring Up The Bodies). A volatile tale of secrets and lies, destructive passions and unrequited love, it shines a light on the turbulent relationship between the actor Kenneth Morgan and Terence Rattigan, one of the twentieth century's most celebrated playwrights.

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The Audition Sessions: LIVE


You’ve seen them on YouTube, now watch them live! The Audition Sessions is an online web series that focuses on emerging musical theatre talent. Now featuring over 25 different singers and receiving over 30,000 hits, The Audition Sessions: LIVE is coming to the stage for one day only. 20 ‘Audition Session singers’ will take to the stage for an cabaret-style evening of musical theatre, spanning from Ragtime to Hamilton, Andrew Lippa to Jason Robert Brown. This show is perfect for…

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Love, Bombs & Apples

31 May—25 June

After a sold-out run at Arcola last year, Love, Bombs & Apples returns. This hilarious and poignant new play from award-winning playwright Hassan Addulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet) - a tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.

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June 2016

Bowie’s Baby Ballroom

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12 June

David Bowie's classic film Labyrinth turns 30. That’s right. 30 years old. Celebrate the life, legacy and creative brilliance of the goblin king; join the 'magic dance' in the Bowie Baby Ballroom. A family dance floor throbbing to the beat of Bowie’s best hits, playful Bowie-inspired activities created to remember and enjoy Bowie’s genius.

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Underwater Love

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29 June—30 June

“Strange and beautiful, she is a creature not a person. They have made her a myth.” To what lengths will a young girl go to assert herself in a world constantly telling her to be good and be quiet? Underwater Love will explore how young people assert themselves within relationships in a world saturated with sexual imagery and content. The performance will be followed by a Forum workshop in which the audience will become involved as actors to change the outcome for the characters, exploring how…

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NYT Playing Up: Ripple / Besieged

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30 June—2 July

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain present two new plays, performed by the fearless voices of the NYT Playing Up Company.

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A Forest

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30 June—1 July

Young AYT present two new devised plays that explore our relationship with nature. Drawing from Arcola's green ethos, and following a term looking at myths, legends and fairytales, join Young AYT as they venture deeper into the forest.

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July 2016


6 July—6 August

Cargo is the enthralling new play from author Tess Berry-Hart. A tense and provocative thriller, this timely world premiere reveals how much people are willing to risk in search of a better life.

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August 2016

The Lamellar Project

9 August—13 August

Science fiction meets eco-activism in a gripping story of love and betrayal. Told using film, theatre and a live video link to Philadelphia, USA, this chilling international production explores the most pressing and crucial issues of contemporary global life – the consequences of climate change and the possible ramifications of genetic modification.

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