GHOST FROM A PERFECT PLACE by Philip Ridley | Arcola Theatre

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Multi award-winning playwright Philip Ridley returns to the Arcola with his contemporary classic Ghost From A Perfect Place, a scorchingly dark comedy where a monster from the past meets the monsters of the present.

Back in the swinging sixties, Travis Flood led a gang that terrorised East London. Now, after an absence of many years, he returns to find his old turf in the clutches of a new kind of gang…with a new kind of leader. Rio – ruler of a mob of girls – instantly captivates Travis with her haunting beauty. But soon a shocking story begins to emerge – one that shatters both their distorted memories.

Twenty years after its explosive premiere at Hampstead Theatre, Ghost From A Perfect Place has its first major revival under the direction of Russell Bolam, following his critically-acclaimed production of Ridley’s Shivered (Southwark Playhouse 2012).

★★★★ “An impressive revival


★★★★★ “Thrilling … faultless … a contemporary classic

The Arts Desk

★★★★★ “A triumph – the staging and direction are faultless

The Gay UK

★★★★★ “Deeply moving … It has to be experienced


Don’t miss the series of post-show events accompanying Ghost From A Perfect Place. All events are free to show ticket-holders with first priority given to ticket-holders for the evening in question. Each talk starts 10 minutes after the performance with an approximate running time of 40 minutes. For more information, [click here](

★★★★★ Arts Desk   
★★★★★ Theatrefullstop   
★★★★★ The Gay UK   
★★★★ WhatsOnStage   
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Exeunt   
★★★★ Hackney Gazette   
★★★★ Morning Star   
★★★★ RemoteGoat   
★★★★ West End Wilma
★★★★ So So Gay   
★★★★ LDN Card

Photo credit: Ben Broomfield

Twitter: @Ghost_Ridley

“Ridley is never a playwright to miss” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm – £19 (£15 concessions)

Opening performances (11 – 13 September) – all tickets £12

Saturday matinees at 3.00pm – £19 (£15 concessions)

Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6.30pm – limited and subject to availability)

Recommended for ages 14+

Running time is approximately 2hrs plus an interval


Scarlett Brookes
Michael Feast
Florence Hall
Rachel Redford
Sheila Reid


Russell Bolam


Anthony Lamble

Lighting Designer

Malcolm Rippeth

Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton

Movement Director

Jack Murphy

Fight Director

Malcolm Ranson

Costume Supervisor

Kat Smith
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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.

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