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20 September–15 October 2016

Arcola Theatre

Kenny Morgan

by Mike Poulton, after 'The Deep Blue Sea' by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Lucy Bailey


“A major contender for best new play of the year … flawless … unmissable”


London, 1949. Terence Rattigan is one of the best-known playwrights in town, but his relationship with the actor Kenneth Morgan is a closely-guarded secret. When Kenny falls into the arms of a younger man, emotions reach fever pitch. Behind the closed doors of a flat in Camden Town, the unspeakable will have to be spoken.

After a sold-out run, Kenny Morgan – the critically-acclaimed new drama by Tony-nominated playwright Mike Poulton (Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies, Fortune’s Fool on Broadway) – returns for 4 weeks only.

This gripping tale of destructive passions exposes the limits to which people will go for love, and the extraordinary real-life events behind Rattigan’s most famous play, The Deep Blue Sea.

Lucy Bailey (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic; Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s Globe) returns to direct two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating and the complete original cast.

Say what you like but there’s been a crime committed. More than one I should say –

Discover the story behind Kenny Morgan, in an exclusive blog post by Mike Poulton

★★★★★ Lucy Bailey's production is pretty much flawless ... Paul Keating gives a career-redefining performance as Morgan ... This is surely already a major contender for the accolade of best new play of the year. Unmissable.
★★★★ A rich, gripping, resonant production ... Paul Keating [is] exceptional ... Lucy Bailey’s smoky, taut production is beautifully performed throughout.
—The Times
★★★★ Deft and witty ... Poulton’s revealing play digs into the agonies of unrequited love and of forbidden desire
—Financial Times
★★★★ An elegant, plaintive new drama ... A quality evening
—Evening Standard
★★★★ Unmissable ... Olivier-nominated actor Paul Keating gives a mesmerising performance
—Stage Review
★★★★ Absolutely outstanding acting ... heartachingly poignant and thrilling in equal measure.
—Theatre Bubble
★★★★ Eloquent and moving ... Simon Dutton's Rattigan is deliciously urbane ... Pierro Niel-Mee is pitch-perfect
—The Stage
★★★★ Mike Poulton has written a fascinating tale ... An intense, gripping piece of drama ... I was totally mesmerised
★★★★ Packed with pain and passion ... An unforgettably glorious turn from Marlene Sideway ... George Irving [is] divine
—Gay Times
★★★★★ Lucy Bailey's direction is superb and the cast deliver emotive and powerful performances
—Boyz Magazine
★★★★ An evocative and beautiful treat of a play with a host of polished performances. You’re unlikely to see a finer play with a gay theme any time soon
—The Gay UK
★★★★ Sublime direction from Lucy Bailey ... wonderfully engaging ... truly heart-rending ... not one to miss.
—The Upcoming
★★★★ Mike Poulton's masterful new play
★★★★★ Unmissable... Mike Poulton’s beautiful play may be the play that Rattigan really wanted to write
★★★★ Thoughtful and powerful
★★★★★ An utterly breathtaking & heart-wrenching night… Unmissable!
—Everything Theatre
  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan

  • Photography by Idil Sukan


Matthew Bulgo

Dafyyd Lloyd

Simon Dutton


George Irving

Mr Ritter

Paul Keating


Lowenna Melrose


Pierro Niel-Mee


Marlene Sidaway

Mrs Simpson


Mike Poulton, after 'The Deep Blue Sea' by Terence Rattigan


Lucy Bailey


Robert Innes Hopkins


Jack Knowles


Neil McKeown

Stage Manager

Sarah Julie Pujol

Associate Designer

Anna Orton


Idil Sukan
Tier A £19
Tier A (Concession) £15
Tier A (Wednesday matinee) £17
Tier A (Wednesday matinee, Concession) £14
Tier B £14
Tier B (Concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (20 - 22 September) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Nightly at 7.30pm.
Wednesday matinees on 28 Sep, 5 Oct and 12 Oct.
Saturday matinees on 24 Sep, 1 Oct and 15 Oct.
No performances Sunday.

Contains references to suicide.

Running time: 150 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson —

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