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Richard III to transfer to Alcalá Festival, Spain

Arcola’s critically-acclaimed production of RICHARD III has been selected to open the 2017 Alcalá Classics Festival in Madrid, Spain. The festival showcases thrilling productions of classical plays from national and international companies. RICHARD III is, this year, the only entry from the United Kingdom. Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen will direct the 18-strong cast, with …

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Cabaret, theatre and music combine for the immersive These Trees are Made of Blood

Spectacular and arresting, These Trees are Made of Blood blends cabaret and an original musical score to tell a vital, human story from Argentina’s Dirty War. Following a sold-out premiere in 2015 at Southwark Playhouse, the cabaret coup reignites at Arcola for four weeks only even bolder than before. Based on an original story by …

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Richard III cast announced

The full cast has been announced for Arcola’s thrilling new production of William Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, starring RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks and directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. Following his celebrated performances as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Greg Hicks takes on the role of the tyrant …

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Arcola announces Spring/Summer season

Neil Bartlett to direct his new adaptation of Albert Camus’ modern classic, THE PLAGUE RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks to play the title role in William Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen Amy Draper to direct THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, blending cabaret and original music to tell a vital story …

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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 …

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Arcola Creative Engagement announces Creative/Disruption 17

A season of stories from Arcola’s community Arcola Queer Collective return after two sold-out productions with THE DRAG by Mae West and THE X, a new adaptation of La Prisonnière by Édouard Bourdet, 90 years after both plays scandalised America. The Collective’s Opening Night Cabaret and new collaborations with Project Indigo (Hackney’s only LGBT+ youth club) …

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Arcola offers double-price tickets for Trump voters on US election night

Arcola Theatre has announced a special offer for eligible voters in the US presidential election. At the 8th November (election night) performance of DRONES, BABY, DRONES, Trump voters will be able to purchase tickets for £38 each – twice the standard price. “The decision over the next US president is a monumental one,” said Artistic …

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Greg Hicks to return to Arcola for Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata

An acclaimed new production of The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy – adapted by Nancy Harris and starring RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks – will transfer to Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 6 to Saturday 23 July. Hicks will play the enigmatic protagonist Pozdnyshev, who blames a criminal act on Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. It marks his first …

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Crew For Calais Festival opens at Arcola

Tonight, Stewart Lee opens the first of 7 performances Free online registration; ‘pay what you can’ on the door All proceeds, including profits on bar takings, to fund shelters for refugees in Calais Arcola Theatre is devoting the next week to fundraising for refugees displaced in Calais. The Crew For Calais Festival, which opens tonight …

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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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