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10 January–2 February 2019

Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth

The Daughter-in-Law

by D H Lawrence

Directed by Jack Gamble

★★★★ “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

Following a sold-out first run, and three Off West End award nominations, The Daughter-in-Law transfers to Arcola Studio 1 for four weeks only.

In Nottinghamshire, 1912, trouble is brewing in the mines – and simmering closer to home.

When Mrs Gascoyne discovers an explosive secret about her newly-married son, it risks the hard-earned security of her daughter-in-law. But Minnie Gascoyne isn’t going to settle without a fight.

Arcola Associate Director Jack Gamble directs a new, in-the-round staging of D H Lawrence’s groundbreaking play – the first in London for over 15 years.

Post-show events

Monday 21 January – Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations, a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.

★★★★★ Gripping ... highly recommended
★★★★½ A treat, perfectly paced and full of simmering tension ... It deserves a West End transfer
—The Reviews Hub
★★★★ 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

Luther Gascoyne

Matthew Barker

Mrs Purdy

Tessa Bell-Briggs

Joe Gascoyne

Matthew Biddulph

Minnie Gascoyne

Ellie Nunn

Mrs Gascoyne

Veronica Roberts


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

Production Photography

Idil Sukan
Best £26 (£22 previews)
Standard £22 (£19 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm
All Saturdays, 3pm matinee
Wednesday 30 January, 3pm matinee

Press night: Tuesday 15 January 2019, 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: 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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