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Humane: Episode 6

The season finale! The protestors are shocked when one of their number dies suddenly. But what really happened? Who is responsible for his death? What secrets lie in hidden in his past? As Alice and Linda, begin to pursue these questions, they realise they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did… 1995: Brightlingsea, …

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Arcola Theatre announces Today I’m Wiser programme, an outdoor festival of art and performance

From June – November, Arcola presents a programme of outdoor performance. Featuring an Arcola production of a new adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s romantic comedy, The Game of Love and Chance. With special collaborations including Tower Theatre, Arcola Participation companies and Coram, a charity working to improve the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children …

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Arcola Outside to open with a co-production of A Russian Doll

This production has been postponed until autumn 2021. Dates and tickets will be announced soon. Arcola is collaborating with Barn Theatre in Cirencester to co-produce the world premiere of Cat Goscovitch’s new play, A Russian Doll. Based on a true story, the play follows a young woman, Masha, as she becomes embroiled in the world …

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The entrance to Arcola Theatre from the street

Arcola receives grant from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund

We’re pleased to announce that Arcola Theatre has been awarded £148,080 from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF). This vital grant will support Arcola between April and June 2021, as we work to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. It will enable us to:  Open Arcola Outside …

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Theatre on a Postcard

Whether we’re on holiday, visiting an unfamiliar place or taking some time out of daily life, since the 1800s we have been sending postcards to our loved ones.  While we are unable to travel to new places through a visit to the theatre, we’re inviting our audiences and partners to send us a postcard in response to the question: What are …

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Inside Studio 1 auditorium at Arcola Theatre

Arcola to collaborate with researchers from Imperial College London to understand airflow and viral transmission in theatres

We have today announced that our artistic team will be working with scientists from Imperial College London to explore air quality in theatres and how this affects aerosol transmission of viruses such as Covid-19. As theatres and arts venues continue to navigate audience welfare amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the project will explore how increased …

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Podcast: The Story of Arcola Outside

Before we open later in spring, listen to the Arcola team talk about the conception and creation of Arcola Outside, our brand-new 90 seat outdoor performance space and bar in the heart of Dalston.  First broadcast via Resonance FM – 6 January 2021Produced by Neil McKeown for Hackney Social RadioListen to Hackney Social Radio here …

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design sketch of audiences in the new Arcola Outside space

Arcola announces new outside space, with plans for a festival in 2021

We have today announced plans to build Arcola Outside, a brand-new outdoor performance space and bar in the heart of Dalston, designed by multi-award-winning stage designer Jon Bausor, and built by a team of freelance theatre and live events technicians. Scheduled to open for a series of trial performances in December 2020, the new space …

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Arcola receives Culture Recovery Fund survival grant

We are really pleased to share the news today that our application to the Culture Recovery Fund has been successful, and Arcola will receive a grant to help us survive for the next six months.

An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse Theatre Artistic Directors and cultural leaders on the importance of protecting representation in the sector

The Rt Hon Olivier Dowden CBESecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport100 Parliament StreetLondonSW1 2BQ Dear Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Culture, Throughout the last decade, British theatre has led the world with regard to the Black, Asian and ethnic diversity on our stages. Many of those actors are now international names: …

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Information for ticket holders

We still plan to stage all of the productions in our 20th anniversary season. However, due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it may be necessary to postpone some productions. We will contact you if you have tickets for a production that is postponed, and once we can confirm new dates we will offer an …

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Watch Mark Thomas’ OUR NHS @ 70 and support food banks during COVID-19 outbreak

Mark Thomas performed his critically-acclaimed show, Check-Up: Our NHS @ 70, at Arcola Theatre in October 2018. Until Thursday 26 March 2020, you can watch it from your own home and support foodbanks. It’s pay what you can, with all proceeds going to the Trussell Trust. ★★★★ “A devastatingly thorough portrait of a system in crisis, shot through with unlikely humour” …

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Arcola‘s co-founders win Off West End Special Achievement Award

The co-founders of Arcola Theatre have received the Off West End Special Achievement Award for their work staging outstanding theatre in the heart of Hackney over 20 years. Mehmet Ergen (Artistic Director) and Leyla Nazli (Executive Producer) received the award at the Off West End Awards ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre on Sunday 8 March …

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