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4 December–22 December 2018

Redbeard Theatre


by Henry Naylor

Directed by Louise Skaaning

SAVE A THIRD when you also book for Henry Naylor’s Borders, playing before Games.

Europe is fractured; economies faltering. Anti-Semitism and right-wing populism are surging. The world’s biggest sporting event is threatened with a boycott. The year is 1936, and fencer Helene Mayer has been selected as the Nazi’s token Jewish athlete for the Berlin Games. But she is about to find she is fighting for more than just gold…

Based on a true story, Games is a cautionary tale for our troubled times, by three-time Fringe First winner Henry Naylor, ‘one of our best new playwrights’ (The Times).

WINNER of The Scotsman Fringe First Award

Post-show events

Thursday 13 December | Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations, a post-show Q&A with the cast of both shows, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.

★★★★★ A truly genius piece of writing
★★★★★ From the multi-award winning UK playwright Henry Naylor, Games is a testament to female determination. Challenging the implications of labels, it explores the dangers they have in society in a way that proves still relevant today.
—Ed Fest Mag
★★★★ Louise Skaaning directs a gripping hour.
—Evening Standard
★★★★ A thought provoking performance that uses simple dialogue to explore themes that still resonate today.
—The Wee Review
★★★★ Multi-award winning playwright Henry Naylor returns with a stunning two-hander
—Broadway Baby


Sophie Shad

Helene Mayer

Tessie Orange-Turner

Gretel Bergmann


Henry Naylor


Louise Skaaning
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £19 (£16 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

SAVE A THIRD when you book for Borders and Games.

Monday - Saturday at 8.30pm. Saturday matinees at 4pm.
Press night: Friday 7 December, 8.30pm
Previews: 4–6 December


  • 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: 65 (no interval) minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Paul Sullivan —

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