Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Saturday 20th June 2015
“I was doing something nobody had done before, and if you’re the first to do something, you have to be prepared to take the sh*t for it.”
On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to “out” him as gay.
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Saturday 30th May 2015
19th August 1978. Cinema Rex fire, Iran. 422 dead.
The year of Superman, Saturday Night Fever and an act of terror that sparked a revolution. Who will remember the dead?
Wednesday 27th May 2015 - Sunday 31st May 2015
An epic tale of love, adventure and a sound-hoover called Mustard.
Find out how Albee and his love Andromeda survived kings, curses and cruelty on their quest for beautiful sound in the world.
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Saturday 27th June 2015
“They’re just stories. There’ll come a point when nobody can remember”
Six decades ago, Eva lived in Berlin. She remembers her house on Essener Straße. It used to have a blue door.
Now her granddaughter Rosie is making the city her home. But just as she begins to plan for her future, Eva's oncoming dementia causes Rosie to question her family's past.
Friday 26th June 2015 - Saturday 27th June 2015
Two thrilling commissions. A company of fearless young voices. Don't miss the world premiere of this poignant, contemporary double bill.
Thursday 2nd July 2015 - Saturday 1st August 2015
Keeping secrets is a kind of art…
When Anna’s husband is killed in a tragic accident at their home, her family’s life is changed forever. Seven years pass and, torn apart by grief, Anna has drunk herself numb.
Monday 20th July 2015 - Saturday 25th July 2015
A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time.
Wednesday 16th September 2015 - Saturday 17th October 2015
‘Some poems are better written in flesh...’
After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets.
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Saturday 17th October 2015
'Try and do something with your life. Be deliberate, you know?'
A love song, an elegy, a celebration - Eventide tells the story of three people whose worlds are disappearing.
Tuesday 5th January 2016 - Saturday 30th January 2016
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.
One of London's leading off-West End Theatres.
Locally engaged and internationally minded, Arcola stages a diverse programme of plays, operas and musicals. Read more
THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS, a new chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert, receives its world premiere in a production by Ryan McBryde
GRIMEBORN, Arcola’s month-long festival of opera, returns for its ninth year
Director Nadia Latif reunites with American playwright Kristiana Colón for OCTAGON, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 Arcola sell-out but i cd only whisper
EVENTIDE, Barney Norris’ first play since the award-winning Visitors, gets its world premiere prior to a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre and Up in Arms
Plus, in January 2016, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new play JANE WENHAM: THE WITCH OF WALKERN comes to London following a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre, Out of Joint and Watford Palace Theatre
Also at Arcola
7 June 2015
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.
Sunday 17th May & Sunday 21st June
The Original Family Dance Party
Sunday, 17 May & Sunday, 21 June
Due to popular demand for an event aimed at older children, we are proud to present Pop Lock-in – for 4-11 year olds…