Arcola Theatre 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 by a margin of over 1200 votes, it secured a £12,500 cash injection from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. Continue reading

Arcola Theatre 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 anniversary of R.D. Laing’s Philadelphia Association
  • Robyn Winfield-Smith, whose production of Barker’s Lot and His God was nominated for multiple Off West End Awards, directs an exhilarating Howard Barker Double Bill
  • Zodwa Nyoni’s refugee drama Nine Lives comes to London following a UK tour
  • Paul Anthony Morris’ Sarai, which was developed at Arcola, receives its world premiere production

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said:
“We’re delighted to be welcoming back Clare Higgins, Greg Hicks and the whole cast of Clarion as part of an exciting new season at Arcola Theatre. Earlier in the year we were having to turn people away from sold-out houses. I hope now that many more people will get to see Mark Jagasia’s extraordinary first play, and to that end we’re making 500 seats available at just £10.”

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen announces ninth Grimeborn festival

“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 receive rare productions; new and contemporary works will demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of opera within our culture.”

See the season

Arcola announces new Summer/Autumn season

THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS, a new chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert, receives its world premiere in a production by Ryan McBryde

GRIMEBORN, Arcola’s month-long festival of opera, returns for its ninth year

Director Nadia Latif reunites with American playwright Kristiana Colón for OCTAGON, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 Arcola sell-out but i cd only whisper

EVENTIDE, Barney Norris’ first play since the award-winning Visitors, gets its world premiere prior to a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre and Up in Arms

Plus, in January 2016, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new play JANE WENHAM: THE WITCH OF WALKERN comes to London following a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre, Out of Joint and Watford Palace Theatre

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A letter from Mehmet Ergen

Arcola audiences old and new,

Mark Jagasia spent 12 years writing for some of Britain’s best-known newspapers. In 2007, he left the industry to write an explosive first play about it.

Clarion shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our national press. As soon as I received the script last year, I programmed a reading in our PlayWROUGHT festival of new writing. Those who were there know how special it was. Continue reading

An interview with Gareth Thomas

On a night in late February, Gareth Thomas – former captain of the Welsh rugby team and the most famous gay team sportsman in the world – took his family and friends to a theatre press night. He’s no stranger, now, to shiny showbiz events but this was special. The play being premiered was Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage, which tells his own extraordinary story, set against that of his hometown Bridgend, which has had its own share of the media’s attention. Continue reading