Arcola Theatre announces REVOLUTION season, marking centenary of Russian Revolution

  • THE LOWER DEPTHS by Maxim Gorky, translated by Jeremy Brooks & Kitty Hunter-Blair, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson
  • THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Anton Chekhov, in an English version by Trevor Griffiths (London premiere) from a translation by Helen Rappaport, directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen
  • NEW NIGERIANS by Oladipo Agboluaje (world premiere), directed by Rosamunde Hutt
  • Plus readings, talks, screenings and special events throughout the season

Arcola’s new season, REVOLUTION, investigates a world on the brink of profound change. It explores the causes and the colossal impact of the Russian Revolution 100 years on, and considers the people and ideas which could shape the next century.

Change is in the air in Gorky’s The Lower Depths, directed by internationally-acclaimed Helena Kaut-Howson, and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. An ensemble of 20 actors perform these two great plays from the years leading up to Russia’s revolutionary moment.

New Nigerians, a new play by award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje commissioned by Arcola Theatre, will receive its world premiere in a production directed by Rosamunde Hutt. A gripping tale of conflict and compromise, it sets the scene for a political revolution in 21st century Nigeria.

Students from East 15 Acting School will perform short runs of two plays set in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution (Futurists by Dusty Hughes and Heart of a Dog by Mikhaíl Bulgakov).

Plus there’ll be readings, talks, screenings and special events throughout the season.

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: “Arcola Theatre’s vision is of a genuinely radical theatre, constantly reinventing itself to respond to, interpret and have relevance to an ever-changing world. We look forward to sharing our REVOLUTION season with audiences old and new.”

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