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19 June–13 July 2019



“Lying there, drifting up into those ancient lights was exactly like looking into the past. It is looking into the past. History, I think, is just a property of light.”

Charlie Fairbanks was born in the dead center of the United States at the dead center of the twentieth century.

Americans are going to the Moon and Charlie’s sure he’ll be the first one there. But as he shines his spotlight on the Moon, so too does it illuminate the darker side to his nation’s history.

Radio is a story about memory, love and spaceships.

By multi-award winning writer, Al Smith (Harrogate, Diary of a Madman) and directed by Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017 (My Name is Rachel Corrie).

19 June – 13 July

General Sale open Monday 4 March, 12.30pm
★★★★★ This razor-sharp look at our post-Brexit and politically calamitous world is a triumph
—The Times (Praise for Al Smith’s Diary of a Madman)
★★★★ Al Smith knows how to set up and detonate a joke. He has a wicked, inky sense of humour
—The Stage (Praise for Al Smith’s Diary of a Madman)


Al Smith


Josh Roche

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Best £22 (£20 Previews)
Standard £20 (£16 Previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 8pm
Saturdays matinee, 3.30pm
Press night: Monday 24 June, 7pm


  • 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: 60 minutes approximately .

  • Press enquiries: Thomas Curry —

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