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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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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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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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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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Cast announced for PIPELINE

The full casting has been announced today for the European première of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, directed by Jack Gamble, which opens at Arcola Theatre on 31 March, with previews from 26 March.  Pipeline is a powerful and compassionate drama about parental duty and the state of education. Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Gate Theatre) is a …

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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 THE CUTTING EDGE

Arcola Theatre today announces the full cast for the world premiere of The Cutting Edge, a tragicomedy about life, money and art written and directed by Jack Shepherd.  The play stars James Clyde (Peter), Michael Feast (Zak), Jasmine Hyde (Anna), Maggie Steed (Elvira) and David Sturzaker (Chris). The creative team includes Louie Whitemore (Designer), Richard …

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Arcola Theatre announces 20th anniversary season

New, year-long season celebrates 20 years of Arcola 11 world premieres – from artists who helped shape Arcola’s first two decades, including Jack Shepherd, Barney Norris, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Leyla Nazli, David Farr and Tena Štivičić, and from a new generation European premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, a new staging of Death In Venice starring Greg …

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Arcola Theatre to showcase Hackney’s creativity with festival of community and youth shows

Hackney’s diverse community will take centre stage at Arcola Theatre in February and March 2020. The Creative Disruption Festival will feature ten productions performed by members of the theatre’s award-winning youth, schools and community programme. Arcola Participation creates over 13,000 opportunities a year for local people and young artists to get involved in the performing …

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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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Arcola wins Fringe First and Stage Edinburgh Award for UNTIL THE FLOOD

Arcola Theatre’s production of Until The Flood, Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful one-woman play about the Ferguson community in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, has been awarded a Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Stage Edinburgh Award. Fringe Firsts are awarded by The Scotsman newspaper, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, for …

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Arcola announces 2019 Grimeborn Opera Festival

Arcola Theatre has announced the 16 productions that make up the 2019 Grimeborn Opera Festival. The festival, which is returning for its thirteenth successive year, features bold new versions of classic operas, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works, and brand new pieces from some of the most exciting up-and-coming opera artists. £12 tickets are available for every …

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Arcola announces Edinburgh and London runs of Dael Orlandersmith’s UNTIL THE FLOOD

Arcola Theatre today announces the European première of Until The Flood, written and performed by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith. The production, directed by Neel Keller, will be the first by Arcola Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival. It opens at the Traverse Theatre on 2 August, with previews from 1 August, and runs until 24 August. It then transfers …

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Meet the cast of THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Arcola Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre are thrilled to announce the full cast for The Glass Menagerie. The cast for Femi Elufowoju jr’s production of The Glass Menagerie is confirmed as Michael Abubakar as Tom Wingfield, Lesley Ewen as Amanda Wingfield, Charlie Maher as Jim O’Connor and, in her debut performance, Naima Swaleh as Laura Wingfield. The …

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Arcola’s Studio 2 Summer Season 2019

Arcola Theatre has announced its Studio 2 Summer Season with three new plays being performed in the theatre’s 100 seat studio. SITTING by Katherine Parkinson, directed by Sarah Bedi HOARD by Bim Adewunmi, directed by Femi Elufowoju jr.   RADIO by Al Smith, directed by Josh Roche Arcola’s Artistic Director, Mehmet Ergen said “Arcola’s Studio 2 …

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