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★★★★★ “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 for innovation and outstanding new writing
WINNER, Holden Street Theatre Award
NOMINATED, Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award
NOMINATED, Carol Tambor Best Of Edinburgh Award

Part of our new Summer/Autumn season.
One of the most powerful pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a long time
—Kirsty Lang, BBC Front Row
★★★★ Outstanding new writing… A magnificent, challenging show
★★★★ Riveting, thought-provoking piece of theatre ... The monologue, ably directed by Michael Cabot, is hypnotic, and Bragança’s energetic performance outstanding.
—Scottish Daily Mail
★★★★ A terrific tour de force
★★★★ A compelling story of success against adversity
—The Stage
★★★★★ Important... a compelling, thought-provoking, symbolic piece of theatre.
—Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★ Completely compelling… Filipa Bragança commands the stage
—Broadway Baby
★★★★ Utterly gripping
—The Arts Desk
★★★★ Powerful and moving and, sadly, still incredibly relevant
—Arts Award Voice
★★★★ An example of masterful storytelling
★★★★ Anyone who has a serious interest in what is happening in the Middle East should see this play. Excellent writing, excellent direction, excellent acting
—Theatre Extra
★★★★★ A real stand out in the Fringe’s theatre programme this year
—Three Weeks
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


Avital Lvova


Henry Naylor


Michael Cabot

Lighting Design

Andy Grange

A production by Arcola Theatre in association with Redbeard Theatre and Gilded Balloon Productions.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening performances £12

Tickets are £10 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+