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25 April–2 June 2018

Arcola Theatre and Defibrillator

Not Talking

by Mike Bartlett

Directed by James Hillier

“If I don’t want to tell anyone, it’s up to me, right?”

A relationship where it has become impossible to talk. A system that protects abuse of power. How do you speak out?

Not Talking is the never-before-seen first play by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III, Albion).

Written in 2005, this gripping and lyrical drama blasts open cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife.

Post-show events

Q&A with Mike Bartlett

A unique opportunity for audiences to hear from the man behind Doctor Foster, King Charles III and Albion. Join us for a Q&A discussing with Mike Bartlett his writing and how it feels to have his very first play brought to the stage, 10 years after being penned.
Tuesday 22 May, after 7/30pm performance (free to attend with a show ticket that evening)

Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations

There will be a free discussion for audience members with the Not Talking team hosted by Jeannie from Arcola’s community.
Saturday 5 May, after 3pm matinee performance

Talking about Not Talking

Join director James Hillier and the cast of Not Talking in a free Q&A about bringing to life this never-before-seen play.
Wednesday 9 May, after 7.30pm performance

★★★★★ Beautifully delivered
—London Theatre Reviews
★★★★★ An intergenerational tale that’s both intimate and far-reaching.
★★★★★ Ooozes class
—Hackney Gazette
★★★★ Superbly powerful
—Time Out
★★★★ Compelling and compassionate from first to last
—The Stage
★★★★ Beautifully measured, lyrical performances
★★★★ Radio's loss is London theatre's gain
—Evening Standard
★★★★ Strikingly relevant
—Morning Star
★★★★ A storming success
Bartlett has gone on to award-winning success. This production puts Not Talking up with his best work.
—British Theatre Guide
An emotionally hard-hitting drama that touches on both the political and personal.
James Hillier’s deft, sensitively acted production
—The Times


David Horovitch


Gemma Lawrence


Kika Markham


Lawrence Walker



Mike Bartlett


James Hillier


Amy Cook

Lighting Design

Zoe Spurr

Composer/Sound Design

Simon Slater


Jack Murphy


Annie Rowe CDG

Piano Coach

Dina Duisen

Assistant Director

Sara Amini

Associate Producer

Epsilon Productions
Best £26 (£22 previews)
Standard £22 (£19 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm
All Saturdays and Weds 30 May, 3pm matinee


  • Students / 26 and under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard seats on Mon–Wed evenings and all matinee performances
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Standard seat
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard 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: 75 minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Description of sexual violence

    Suitable for 14+

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