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23 May–23 June 2018

Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth

The Daughter-in-Law

by D H Lawrence

Directed by Jack Gamble

★★★★ “A first-rate revival of a major play” — The Guardian

Nominated for 3 Off West End Awards (Best Female Performance, Best Costume Design, Best Direction)

The Daughter-in-Law is sold out. If you would like tickets, you can:

  1. Join the waiting list for returns, by calling or visiting the Box Office.
  2. Keep checking this website for any last-minute releases.
  3. Visit Arcola on Tuesday (19 June) to claim up to 2 of 20 Pay What You Can tickets, in person from 6pm.

“Children they are, these men, but my word, they’re revengeful children.”

A marriage on the rocks. A community under pressure.

The Daughter-in-Law is D H Lawrence’s groundbreaking play about sex and inequality in the shadow of the Nottinghamshire mines.

Radical for its sensitive and honest portrayal of working-class life, it was never published or performed in Lawrence’s lifetime.

This searing production – the first in London for over 15 years – is staged in the round and underground at Arcola Theatre.

Pre-show discussion – Lawrence and Women – Monday 11 June 2018, 18:45
With Dr Catherine Brown and Helen Charman. Free for same-day ticket-holders.

A co-production by Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth

★★★★★ Director Jack Gamble elicits polished and totally believable performances from the entire cast … gripping stuff – highly recommended
★★★★½ A treat, perfectly paced and full of simmering tension ... It deserves a West End transfer
—The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Arguably the best account of working-class life in British drama. Jack Gamble’s revival, strongly cast and steeped in authentic east Midlands dialect, does it full justice ... A first-rate revival of a major play.
—The Guardian
★★★★ A vivid revival of DH Lawrence's tale of working-class grit and deprivation
—Morning Star
★★★★ Riveting to the core … A lively and impassioned revival
★★★★ Jack Gamble’s production is a gem not to be missed
—The Upcoming
★★★★ ‘Kitchen sink drama’ before the phrase was coined ... this is a show fuelled by finely chiselled performances
—Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ A roller coaster of a play ... super performances from the entire cast ... directed to really engrossing effect in the round
★★★★ Expertly presented ... The performances, drama and intimate space will have you transfixed throughout ... There were gasps from the audience
—Paul In London
  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan

  • Photo by Idil Sukan


Tessa Bell-Briggs

Mrs Purdy

Matthew Biddulph

Joe Gascoyne

Harry Hepple

Luther Gascoyne

Ellie Nunn

Minnie Gascoyne

Veronica Roberts

Mrs Gascoyne


D H Lawrence


Jack Gamble


Louie Whitemore

Lighting Designer

Geoff Hense

Sound Designer

Dinah Mullen

Associate Director

Quentin Beroud

Costume Supervisor

Rebecca Carpenter

Dialect Coach

Penny Dyer

Production Manager

Andy Reader

Stage Manager

Roisin Symes

Production Photography

Idil Sukan

Rehearsal Photography

Alex Brenner
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 8pm
All Saturdays, 3.30pm 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

    Running time: 140 minutes approximately (including interval).

  • This production contains:
    Loud noises
    References to violence
    References to suicide

    Suitable for 12+

    Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson —

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