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5 March–10 March 2018

Arcola Queer Collective

Corpus Christi

by Terrence McNally

Directed by Nick Connaughton

“We are going to tell you an old and familiar story. One you’ve all heard over and over, again and again. One you believe or one you don’t. There’s no suspense and fewer surprises. You all know how it turns out. But it’s a story that bears repeating. Some say it can’t be told enough.”

Joshua is queer. Born into a small town, raised around prejudice, he is teased and mocked at school. On leaving home he gains twelve followers, but is persecuted for being just as radical with his message of love and self-divinity as a man from Nazareth over 2,000 years before.

Besieged by thousands of protesters on its opening night in Manhattan, four-time Tony award-winner Terrence McNally’s modern-day retelling of the life of Jesus is a provocative yet warm-hearted reflection on the power of faith and spirituality.

On the 20th anniversary of the play’s debut, and following their smash-hit productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Prince, Nick Connaughton returns to direct the Arcola Queer Collective.


Part of Creative/Disruption 18
#CorpusChristi #ArcolaQueerCollective #CreativeDisruption18

Also from the Queer Collective: Fine and Dandy and The Cluedo Club Killings

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

★★★★ Part burlesque, part Brecht, this is a stylised piece that often leans towards performance art and explores a complex and intimate web of friends and lovers grappling with desire, submission and unrequited love.
—LGBTQ+ Arts Review on The X
Ultimately, this is a play that delights, beguiles and reminds one of the hard-won happiness we are blissfully free to pursue in 2017.
—Attitude Magazine on The Drag
The Drag feels utterly celebratory...A succès de scandale!
—Times Literary Supplement on The Drag
★★★★ Tender, funny and utterly brilliant… I urge you to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, if you have to!
—DIVA Magazine on The Little Prince
★★★★★ Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.
—Gay Times on A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Kleopatra Andreou
Wilson Armour
Giovanni Bienne
Alex Britt
Sade Marie
Tallulah Haddon
Elijah W Harris
Jo Jackson
Rubyyy Jones
Nicolas Massie
Alice Poli
Alyx Stone
Anca Vaida


Terrence McNally


Nick Connaughton

Assistant Director

Elliot Jokinen

Lighting Designer

Matthew Swithinbank

Sound Designer

Jo Jackson


Hugo Aguirre and Nick Connaughton
Standard £12
Concession £10
Friday Gala Evening £20

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.

Please note: Friday 9th March is a fundraising gala performance to support the Queer Collective. Ticket includes a welcome drink and access to a special post-show Q&A with the cast and team. This performance is not valid on an Arcola Passport.

Running time: 90 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Drug use
Flashing/strobe lights
Loud noises

Suitable for 16+

Press enquiries: Pan Productions —

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020 7503 1646

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