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11 September–7 October 2017

Arcola Theatre in association with Redbeard Theatre and Gilded Balloon Productions


by Henry Naylor

Directed by Michael Cabot

★★★★★ “Riveting … I would see it again, in an instant”—The Times

Syria, 2014. In the town of Kobane, there’s a siege as fierce as Stalingrad. ISIS, having steam-rollered through Iraq, are expecting to take the town easily. But the citizens have found a heroine: a crackshot sniper with 100 kills to her name. And she appears indestructible. She’s the legendary Angel of Kobane.

Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Angel is the critically-acclaimed new drama from playwright Henry Naylor. Following a sold-out run in Edinburgh, where it won a prestigious Fringe First award, it premieres in London for four weeks only. Michael Cabot (Marat Sade, Pera Palas) returns to Arcola to direct Avital Lvova in the title role.

Formerly a head writer of Spitting Image, Henry Naylor has written for some of the most famous names on television, including Alistair McGowan, Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner. Following The Collector and Echoes, Angel is the third of his ‘Arabian Nightmares’ to transfer to Arcola.

WINNER, Scotsman Fringe First
WINNER, Holden Street Theatre Edinburgh Fringe Award
WINNER, Overall Critics’ Choice Award, Adelaide Fringe
WINNER, Best Theatre, Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe
WINNER, Creative Award, Prague Fringe
NOMINATED, Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award
NOMINATED, Carol Tambor Best Of Edinburgh Award
NOMINATED, Outstanding Performance Award, Prague Fringe
Hear more about the play from writer Henry Naylor on the Arcola Podcast
One of the most powerful pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a long time
—Kirsty Lang, BBC Front Row
★★★★★ Henry Naylor is emerging as one of our best new playwrights.
—The Times
★★★★ Outstanding new writing… A magnificent, challenging show
★★★★★ Important... a compelling, thought-provoking, symbolic piece of theatre.
—EdFest Mag
★★★★★ As compelling, action-packed and epic in its scope as any big-screen blockbuster.
—The Advertiser (Australia)
One of the most brilliant and harrowing performances this reviewer has ever witnessed. Avital Lvova is magnificent.
—Theater Pizzazz (USA)
★★★★★ Naylor is emerging as one of the great playwrights of our times.
—Barefoot Review (Australia)
★★★★★ A real stand out in the Fringe’s theatre programme this year
—Three Weeks
★★★★★ I wanted to stay there and watch the whole show all over again. It really is that good.
—Fringe Guru
A powerful demonstration of how a single performer can have the punch of a large cast. Naylor has surely delivered another hit here.
—The Guardian
  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne

  • Angel © Steve Ullathorne


Avital Lvova


Henry Naylor


Michael Cabot

Lighting Design

Andy Grange
Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 60 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Scenes of a sexual nature

Suitable for 12+

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