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Arcola adopts Anti-Racism Rider

Here at Arcola we have adopted the Anti-Racism Rider as an important statement of intent and will work with colleagues from across the industry to implement this. As a company, we have made a commitment over the next 2 years to meet the baseline actions of the rider. The creation of the Rider was lead …

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Arcola remembers Sir Graham Vick

We were sad to hear of the passing of Sir Graham Vick this week. We would like to express our condolences to his loved ones and those others deeply affected by his loss. We have long admired Vick’s desire to challenge stereotypes around opera, one which led to the creation of City of Birmingham Touring …

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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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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.

Cast announced for GENTLEMEN

The full casting has been announced today for the world première of Matt Parvin’s new drama Gentlemen, directed by Richard Speir, which opens at Arcola Theatre on 24 March, with previews from 18 March.  Testing the limits of retribution and the power of social status at university, Gentlemen examines what happens when culture turns toxic, …

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Cast announced for #WeAreArrested

Arcola Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company today announce the full cast for the London première of Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts’ adaptation of #WeAreArrested by Can Dündar, a vital story about the cost of reporting the truth in the age of fake news. Ivatts directs Jamie Cameron (Son), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Can) and Indra …

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Cast announced for HUNGER

Arcola Theatre and Jump Spark today announce the full cast for Amanda Lomas‘ bold new imagining of Hunger, adapted from the ground-breaking psychological novel by Knut Hamsun. Fay Lomas directs Archie Backhouse (Hans), Katie Eldred (Ylayali), Kwami Odoom (The Young Man) and Jessica Tomlinson (Landlady). The production opens on 25 November, with previews from 20 …

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A statement about Knut Hamsun

HUNGER is a story about a young man on the poverty line, struggling to make his way in an unfeeling city. It was first published as a novel in 1890, and had a notable influence on psychological literature. The author of the novel, Knut Hamsun, held racist views and was sympathetic to fascist regimes. He made a …

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