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20 November–1 December 2018

New Perspectives in association with HOME

The Fishermen

by Gbolahan Obisesan

Adapted from the award-winning book by Chigozie Obioma

Directed by Jack McNamara

After a sold-out first run and UK tour, The Fishermen transfers to Arcola Studio 1.

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river. They continue unnoticed and carefree – until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.

Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa’s major new voices, Chigozie Obioma, this powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate arrives in a new stage adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.

Recommended as a show you won’t want to miss in 2018 by the BBC.

★★★★ A supreme piece of theatre
—The Stage
★★★★ Something very special
★★★★ Moving...spellbinding
—Daily Mail
★★★★ Phenomenal paced
★★★★★ breath-taking
—North West End
★★★★ Two towering performances...breathtaking
—The Skinny
★★★★ A catch
★★★★ Stunningly good
—Manchester Theatre Awards


Michael Ajao
Valentine Olukoga


Chigozie Obioma


Jack McNamara


Gbolahan Obisesan


Amelia Jane Hankin

Lighting Designer

Amy Mae

Sound Designer

Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)


Robert Day
Best £22
Standard £19
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Press night: Thursday 22 November at 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: 70 minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Flashing/strobe lights
    Consumption of cashew nuts

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Emma Berge —

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