Keith? | Arcola Theatre

Account | Basket

020 7503 1646
Loading Events

13 February–9 March 2019


by Patrick Marmion

Directed by Oscar Pearce

Arcola Theatre and Primate Productions


By Patrick Marmion

Directed by Oscar Pearce

13 February – 9 March

A South African gunrunner turned Buddhist monk.
A gullible startup millionaire.
His radical feminist ex wife.
Their aid worker daughter.
The young British Muslim she met in Syria.
An ethical Serbian hitman.
And an unstable Brazilian cleaner.

Modern Britain. Moral chaos. Total nightmare.

Playwright Patrick Marmion says,

‘I wanted to write a comedy about the head-spinning madness and recrimination of life in modern Britain. I thought Molière might help so I eviscerated him and threw in a supernatural con man inspired Euripides’s Dionysus. Keith? is what emerged. I hope it goes some way to capturing the way we’re all walking on eggshells, terrified of giving offence, suspicious of anyone who crosses our path and panic stricken ourselves lest we be exposed for some unknown indiscretion or thought crime. Luckily life isn’t nearly as bad as we’re supposed to think it is.’

Post-show events

Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations | Thursday 28 February: a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.

Will we ever get along? A discussion of social politics in modern Britain | Saturday 9 March: Patrick Marmion’s play Keith? is a satire of the mistrustful mess the world seems to have become, but have people always been as suspicious of each other as they seem to be today? Is it a quirk of the modern world that too many people seem to thrill on berating others on what their are, or are not? What happened to our common humanity – isn’t it time we gave each other a break? Join us for this free panel discussion after the 3pm matinee.

Meet the panel:

Bec Martin-Williams a director, theatre-maker and activist, interested in representation and inclusion in the arts and systemic barriers to access and histories of censorship.

Ceri Dingle is Director of WORLDwrite, a youth education charity campaigning for change using film and video through its online Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes.

Ella Whelan is a spiked columnist and the author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism.

Manick Govinda is a freelance arts consultant and artists’ mentor. He is also on the steering committee of civil-liberties group the Manifesto Club. Twitter: @manick62

Patrick Marmion is a playwright, critic, speaker and teacher. Previous plays at the Arcola include an adaptation of Will Self’s novel Great Apes and The Divided Laing.

★★★★ Amid the mayhem and nicely sardonic humour, Patrick Marmion proves to be an equal opportunities offender as just about everybody gets it in the neck… Under Oscar Pearce's assured direction of a fine cast Keith? jogs along apace and it's a jolly entertainment with a stand-out performance from Joseph Millson.
—The Daily Mail
★★★★ Patrick Marmion’s quickfire writing comes off fast and clever … director Oscar Pearce has drawn the very best from this cast.
—The Arts Desk
A darkly funny romp
Gloriously silly reworking of Moliere
—Ham and High
A masterclass in comic acting
Razor-sharp lines, utterly topical themes, incredibly funny delivery – you can’t really ask for more from contemporary comedy. Keith? is the most acute and factual lampoon of our times you can find at the moment out there
It leaves the modern audience roaring with laughter.
—The National Student
totally bonkers but you can’t help laughing
—Camden New Journal


Mark Jax


Natalie Klamar


Joseph Millson


Aki Omoshaybi


Sara Powell


Lizzie Winkler



Patrick Marmion


Oscar Pearce


Jemima Robinson

Lighting Designer

Geoff Hense

Sound Designer

Dinah Mullen

Stage Manager

Sidsel Andersen

Assistant Director

Georgia Harris

Costume Supervisor

Bex Kemp

Movement Director

Sian Williams
Best £26 (22 Previews)
Standard £22 (19 Previews)
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm
Wednesday 6 March matinee, 3.00pm

Press night: Monday 18 February, 7.30pm


  • 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: 100 minutes approximately (including interval).

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Loud noises
    Scenes of a violent nature
    Pulsing lights [no strobe]

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Freya Cowdry (Kate Morley PR) —

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

    © 2017-19 Arcola Theatre.
    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.

    Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy