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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

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

  • Join the waiting list for returns, by calling or visiting the Box Office.
  • Keep checking this website for any last-minute releases.

★★★★ “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

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

Relaxed Performance | Monday 28 January, 19:30: A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions or anyone with sensory and communication disorders. Babes in arms are also welcome to relaxed performances.

★★★★★ A superbly engaging production which is hauntingly relevant to our times ... A great success right to the core
—The Upcoming
★★★★★ Jack Gamble’s razor sharp production captures the rawness and flaws of each of the characters to vivid effect, with performances that are delivered with real grit and passion – highly recommended
—Love London Love Culture
★★★★★ Immaculate ... The play is brilliant ... The cast is utterly convincing
—London Box Office
★★★★★ Gripping ... highly recommended
★★★★★ ‘Kitchen sink drama’ before the phrase was coined ... this is a show fuelled by finely chiselled performances
—Spy In The Stalls
★★★★½ Gritty drama from the pen of one of the 20th Century’s greatest writers is given a riveting reassessment at the Arcola Theatre in one of the best productions in the venue’s history ... sharp, intelligent and unforgettable
—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
★★★★ 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
★★★★ Searing simplicity ... DH Lawrence's tragically inflected 1913 tale of family relationships powerfully told
—The Arts Desk
★★★★ A fascinating drama ... Jack Gamble’s directorial vision realizes this story with verve and charm.
—British Theatre
★★★★ An intense, engaging watch
—Theatre Weekly
★★★★ Compelling drama bought beautifully to life with clear direction and some sensational performances
—The Break A Leggers
★★★★ What’s remarkable is how relevant it all is ... A layered piece, presented with lucidity and attention to detail, that will resonate with a new audience
—The Gizzle Review
★★★★ A very strong and thrillingly tense drama that is a unique experience in Arcola Studio 1 ... The entire cast are absolutely fantastic and deliver some incredible performances
—Hayley Sprout


Matthew Barker

Luther Gascoyne

Tessa Bell-Briggs

Mrs Purdy

Matthew Biddulph

Joe 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

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
Thursday 24 January, 3pm matinee
Wednesday 30 January, 3pm matinee

Press night: Tuesday 15 January 2019, 7pm

Relaxed Performance: Monday 28 January, 7.30pm


  • 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: 145 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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