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19 November–15 December 2018

Arcola Theatre presents the HUNCHtheatre production of

A Hero of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov

Directed by Vladimir Shcherban

“Was I put on this earth to destroy the hopes of others?”

Pechorin, a resting soldier, amuses himself in a dull town by competing with his friend Grushnitsky over the affections of the young princess Mary. As the game grows crueller and more calculating, intimate thoughts are laid unflinchingly bare. Welcome into the mind of a soldier, where bars and ballrooms become battlefields.

Created by a new international company, comprised of artists from the UK, Belarus and Columbia, A Hero Of Our Time marks the world premiere of a new adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov’s neglected 1840 novel. Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, it comes to the Arcola for four weeks only.

Post-show Q&A: Join the cast and creative team on 22 November for a post show discussion on A Hero of Our Time. Free entry.

★★★★ A sugar rush of intrigue and excitement that takes us on a rollercoaster ride back to an imagined past full of enlivening energy, kisses behind curtains and the melodrama of the young, superrich of their time.
—The Scotsman
★★★★★ The kind of show one longs to see
—Outlier Scotland
★★★★ The modernised script creates a unique tone of the classical and the contemporary, comedy and tragedy.
—The Wee Review
★★★★ There isn't a dull moment in the show
—The Fringe Guru
★★★★ A mesmerizing spectacle
—A Younger Theatre
★★★★ A powerful, sweaty and ingenious piece of theatre.
—Broadway Baby
★★★★ Composed of international artists, the company offer a great experience of Russian literature and its idea of superfluous man
—Arthur's Seat
★★★★ A fresh adaption of Mikhail Lermontov’s 19th-century novel
—Hackney Gazette


Oliver Bennett


James Marlowe


Scarlett Saunders

Princess Mary and Vera


Mikhail Lermontov


Vladimir Shcherban


Oliver Bennett and Vladimir Shcherban
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 8pm
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm

Press night: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7pm
Previews: 19 & 20 November


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 70 (no interval) minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Loud noises
    Sexual References

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Diana Whitehead — diana@fourthwallpr.co.uk

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