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Arcola MARVELS at diversity

As the global Marvel brand sparks controversy online, Martin Thomas reflects on Arcola’s plans for more diverse and representative art. Like hundreds of other arts organisations across England, Arcola was recently involved in reviewing its contribution to excellent and diverse art and work with children and young people. The review was part of its National Portfolio Organisation application to Arts Council …

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Our future in Dalston

Hackney Council has announced that it intends to develop several publicly-owned sites around Arcola, creating a new ‘Dalston Quarter’. They are running a public consultation, which closes this Sunday, to determine the principles which should guide the development. This is an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the future of Dalston, and to secure a place …

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Beautiful: Not The Carole King Musical

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” So, apparently, said George Bernard Shaw, the playwright and critic who spent a whole lifetime playing: writing plays and working with players to stage them. His drama Candida – lesser-known than his major hits, Pygmalion, Man and Superman or Saint …

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WORDS, WORDS, WORDS: Kitty Hunter Blair on translating The Lower Depths

Kitty Hunter Blair and Jeremy Brooks’ translation of The Lower Depths was first performed  by the Royal Shakespeare Company on 29 June 1972. 100 years after the Russian Revolution, it’s back on stage in our production of The Lower Depths, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson. In this exclusive article, Kitty Hunter Blair talks about the process of translating Russian plays, …

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MISPLACED CHILD: A new photography exhibition at the cafe of Arcola

New exhibition at the Arcola cafe that aims to raise awareness of children affected by Syrian war ‘MISPLACED CHILD‘: AN ARTIST’S CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILDREN AFFECTED BY SYRIAN WAR More than a year after the death of Alan Kurdi, the little 3-year-old Syrian boy who was washed up dead on a Turkish beach, …

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Angel has been postponed

We regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the advertised production of Angel (21 November – 17 December) has been postponed. The producers, and Arcola Theatre, would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have already booked tickets for Angel, the Arcola Box Office will contact you shortly to arrange a …

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En Route: Callisto: A Queer Epic

3 fantastic new plays are transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe to Arcola Theatre next month, as part of our EH to E8 season. Artistic director and performer Emma D’Arcy and director Thomas Bailey tell us more about Callisto: A Queer Epic which opens 18 October. Briefly, what’s Callisto about? ED: It’s four interweaving LGBTQ love stories from …

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Arcola launches Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations

Arcola is introducing a series of Saturday afternoon post-show discussions, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Jeannie has been an active member of Arcola’s community, including as a volunteer usher, and a passionate supporter of the theatre since it first opened in 2000. Previously she was a drama teacher, a community theatre practitioner, and an advocate for the performing arts with …

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Join one of Arcola’s critically acclaimed Community Performance Companies

We are looking for new members to join, take part and perform as part of our Community Performance Programme. Arcola run groups target specifically at the Turkish and Kurdish Community (Ala-Turka), over 50’s (Arcola 50+), self identifying LGBTQ* individuals (Arcola Queer Collective), and men whose lives have have been affected either directly or indirectly by …

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Early Warning Signs on display at Arcola

In 2016, Arcola is participating in an ongoing art project by British artist Ellie Harrison. Early Warning Signs will be on display outside Arcola throughout 2016. Initiated at Two Degrees festival in 2011, the project aims to allow the four rotating ‘climate change’ signs Ellie produced for the festival to continue to promote their cause …

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Arcola introduces discounts for members of all major theatre trade unions

Arcola Theatre has extended concessions to include members of all the major theatre trade unions. Equity, BECTU, Writers’ Guild (WGGB) and Stage Directors UK (SDUK) members will now be eligible for reduced-rate tickets on all shows with concession pricing. Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said, “Arcola couldn’t exist, and the theatre industry wouldn’t thrive, without the …

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Arcola wins carbon-neutral heating system

Arcola Theatre is to install a full carbon-neutral heating system next month, after a groundswell of public support delivered £12,500 of funding for the project. 1797 people voted online for the Carbon Neutral Arcola proposal, which is expected to reduce the theatre’s carbon emissions by 5 tonnes every year. As the most-supported project in London …

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Arcola announces new winter season

Mark Jagasia’s smash-hit Clarion returns with the original cast, including Greg Hicks and three-time Olivier Award winner Clare Higgins. 500 tickets available at just £10 London premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new play, Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern, directed by Ria Parry Michael Kingsbury directs Patrick Marmion’s new comedy, The Divided Laing, on the 50th …

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Mehmet Ergen announces ninth Grimeborn festival

Today Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen announced the ninth Grimeborn opera festival. In a statement he said: “For the ninth year running, Grimeborn will showcase work from some of our most exciting opera artists, in an accessible way and at an affordable price. Classics by Puccini, Verdi and Strauss will be reimagined; little-known masterpieces like Tchouhadjian’s Gariné will …

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Arcola announces Creative Engagement Summer Season

Arcola Theatre Creative Engagement has announced two weeks of events, performances and productions across two mini-festivals. First up in our youth mini-festival, Arcola Youth Theatre (13-17 years) present Shakespeare: 3 Plays – abridged versions of Julius Caesar, King Lear and Twelfth Night. Following a term’s exploration of new theatre styles and techniques, these vibrant productions …

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