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19 November–15 December 2018


A Hero of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov

Directed by Vladimir Shcherban

World premiere of a new adaptation of Lermontov’s neglected nineteenth-century novel.

Sex, power, love, alienation and violence. A thrilling Russian dissection of the cruel and complicated games played by men, laying intimate thoughts unflinchingly bare. You are invited 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 began life in a social housing living room in London in front of 12 spectators. Then it travelled to Edinburgh for a sell-out run. Now it comes to the Arcola for 4 weeks only.

A show that blurs the line between theatrical and non-theatrical spaces, between comedy and tragedy, between the nineteenth century and our time.

★★★★ 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


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 minutes approximately .

  • Suitable for 14+
    24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
    020 7503 1646

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