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Beautiful (not the Carole King Musical)

by Created by the company, from an original idea by Paul O’Donnell

Directed by Nick Connaughton, with Paul O’Donnell

“Tommy used to work on the docks / Union’s been on strike / He’s down on his luck / It’s tough, so tough…”

Beautiful (not the Carole King Musical) returns for one day only, after a triumphant first run earlier this year as part of the Creative/Disruption 17, to tell the tragic story of a docker, a waitress and their forbidden love for one another.

Featuring the immortal music of Sir Jon Bon Jovi*, this joyous musical extravaganza arrives with 12 Olivier nominations including Best New Musical** and universal critical acclaim***.

It takes a sideways look at the pomp and circumstance of modern jukebox musicals, and asks us to question if the art of imagination is being lost to machinery, illusion and extravagance.

Co-created with performance artist Paul O’Donnell (Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Absolute, Coventry), Beautiful is the latest production from Arcola’s acclaimed performance company for older adults.

* Jon Bon Jovi will not appear in person; Jon Bon Jovi is not an actual Sir.
** Not guaranteed, but if there is any justice in the world, this show will at least take home Best Design.
*** Critical response is subjective.

This performance is a special fundraiser to support the development of Arcola’s acclaimed community performance company for older adults. Running since 2009, Arcola 50+ have staged productions and events at Arcola, across Dalston, and even performed at the Tate Modern, V&A and Glastonbury Music Festival. They have also worked with companies such as Punchdrunk and Kali Theatre.  Proceeds from this performance will allow the group to continue to grow, offering a new workshop and production strand, allowing more people to join the company. Read our blog post.


Sharon Aspess
Clarisa Carvalho
Kevin Chessum
Jim Dunkley
Karen Dunne
Janet Evans
Sue Frumin
Judy Frumin
Kate Greene
Michael Hall
Patricia Howlett
Brian Innes
Hilarie Kerr
Steve Latner
Sue Loder
Philip Magee
Barbara Manglani
Tim McCarthy
Heather Qualtrough
Gilli Salvat
Queenie Saoul
Barbara Susman
Polly Symes
Christine Taylor


Created by the company, from an original idea by Paul O’Donnell


Nick Connaughton, with Paul O’Donnell

Movement Director

Amaia Mugica

Lighting Director

Michael Paget

Publicity Photography and Styling

Veronique et Charlotte

Production Photography

Martyna Szmigielska
Best £22
Standard £20
Value £16 (£14 conc)

Sorry, Arcola Passport tickets are not available for this production.

Sunday at 7pm

A fundraising performance for Arcola 50+

Running time: 70 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Flashing/strobe lights

Suitable for All ages

Press enquiries: Nick Connaugton —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.