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10 April–11 May 2019


by Katherine Parkinson

Directed by Sarah Bedi

“Do you even need me here? I think you do. Actually.”

Luke, Cassandra and Mary are sitting. They sit weekly for their portraits and, in a series of revealing sessions, end up sharing their funny and moving tales of love, longing and loss.

Sitting is the debut play by BAFTA Award-winning actress Katherine Parkinson. Her many credits include The IT Crowd, Doc Martin, The Honourable Woman and Humans. Sitting marks director Sarah Bedi‘s first production at Arcola, following previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe, Westminster Abbey and the Young Vic.

10 April – 11 May


Art models reveal all in Katherine Parkinson's smart debut…[she] delicately reveals connections that, by the end, give the play a wistful emotional weight
—The Guardian (Mark Fisher)
★★★★ Parkinson paints intense, quietly devastating portraits of her characters with accomplished brush strokes
—Metro (Heather Swain)
★★★★ Sitting is a sharp, perceptive piece of work, delivered brilliantly
—The List (David Kettle)
★★★★ A finely crafted story infused with sadness but balanced by some lovely comic writing… Sitting is an impressive debut
— (Mark Ludmon)


Hayley Jayne Standing


Mark Weinman


Poppy Fardell



Katherine Parkinson


Sarah Bedi

Associate Director

Jack Gamble


Susannah Henry

Lighting Designer

Geoff Hense

Costume Supervisor

Bex Kemp

Production Manager

Zara Janmohamed
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 15 April, 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 .

  • This production contains:

    Suitable for 12+

    Press enquiries: Victoria Wedderburn —

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