Wednesday 16th September 2015 - Saturday 17th October 2015

    ★★★★ The Independent, Exeunt, West End Wilma, Afridiziak

    After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets.

    In a downtown poetry slam eight young poets prepare to do battle. Personal stories and political struggles collide with a place on the team up for grabs. But in the end is it about winning, or finding the words that need to be said?

  • Eventide

    Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Saturday 17th October 2015

    5 OffWestEnd award nominations
    ★★★★ Guardian, Times, Evening Standard, The Stage, Time Out

    'Try and do something with your life. Be deliberate, you know?'

    A love song, an elegy, a celebration - Barney Norris' Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing.

  • Clarion

    Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Saturday 14th November 2015

    ★★★★★ Morning Star, Stage Review, West End Wilma
    ★★★★ Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Evening Standard, Financial Times

    It’s back. Following a sold-out run in April, Critics’ Circle award-winner Greg Hicks and three-time Olivier award-winner Clare Higgins resume their roles in one of the smash-hit plays of the year.

  • Sarai

    Wednesday 21st October 2015 - Saturday 7th November 2015

    One woman's epic journey to found a new nation.

    Sarai has been promised that she will be the founder of a new nation, its sovereignty established upon an old land.

  • S.E.N.

    Monday 9th November 2015 - Saturday 14th November 2015

    A classroom, South East London. The walls are lined with inspirational quotes to enthuse students who are 'a cause for concern'. As unwanted truths are confronted, the teacher and the students push each other to the limits...

  • Echoes

    Monday 16th November 2015 - Saturday 21st November 2015

    Two British women, 175 years apart. One is a bright, Islamist schoolgirl; the other a Victorian colonial pioneer. The former would build a caliphate; the latter an Empire. Both are idealists; intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. Both are frustrated by societies which offer them few opportunities. And both would travel to the East, to impose their ideals upon unwilling peoples...

  • The Divided Laing

    Wednesday 18th November 2015 - Saturday 12th December 2015

    ‘Some people are lucky: they get through life thinking the ground beneath them is solid...’

    London, 1970. Experimental psychiatrist R.D. Laing is facing eviction from his pioneering asylum in the East End’s Kingsley Hall. Local residents are up in arms – and to make matters worse, Ronnie’s revolutionary colleague David Cooper is flipping out on the roof...

  • Howard Barker Double Bill

    Wednesday 25th November 2015 - Saturday 19th December 2015

    The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo & Judith: A Parting From The Body

    Love, truth, sex and war collide in this exhilarating double bill by Howard Barker, “England’s greatest living dramatist” (The Times).

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Monday 14th December 2015 - Saturday 19th December 2015

    Arcola Queer Collective’s sell-out, critically-acclaimed production returns to Arcola for one week only.

    Welcome to the forest. A surreal world of fairies, spells, incantations, magic – disorder made right by the mischief of the night.

  • Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

    Tuesday 5th January 2016 - Saturday 30th January 2016

    Walkern, 1712.

    After decades free from witch hunts, Walkern’s cunning woman Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death – and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save her life, and those who claim to want to save her soul.

  • Nine Lives

    Wednesday 6th January 2016 - Saturday 30th January 2016

    'Some of us wanted to belong.'

    Ishmael has fled from his home in Zimbabwe, where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life. In Leeds is the prospect of sanctuary, and of a new life among strangers. But will those strangers accept him? The clock is ticking, and his fate is being decided... can Ishmael find a place to call home again?