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11 January–11 February 2017

Arcola Theatre and KP Productions

The Lower Depths

by by Maxim Gorky, translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair

Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson

“The truth is a blade that can turn.”

Out of sight and out of mind, Russia’s lost souls spend their days in squalor. Hope can be found in a drink or a dream. But when reality is ignored, how can it be changed?

Visceral, fierce, stark and often funny, The Lower Depths pushes at the limits of the human spirit and reveals a society at breaking point.

Having shocked audiences right across Europe, Maxim Gorky’s masterful portrait of the disenfranchised and left-behind became one of the most celebrated and influential plays of the 20th century.

For this major and timely new production, internationally-acclaimed director Helena Kaut-Howson returns following her productions of Platonov: Sons Without Fathers, Uncle Vanya and Yerma at Arcola, King Lear at the Young Vic and A Tender Thing at the RSC.

Arcola’s Revolution Ensemble perform the play, prior to Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.


Essential viewing for anyone interested in the origins of modern theatre ... A cast of 18 bring [Gorky's] drifters and derelicts vividly to life in a production that captures his blend of compassion and cruelty
—The Guardian
★★★★ An immensely talented and impressive cast inhabit this world in an utterly convincing way, with performances that are captivating
—Reviews Hub
Top notch ... Kaut-Howson gets maximum impact out of her cast of 18, a size of company almost unheard-of these days
—Financial Times
★★★★ A powerful piece of theatre... handsomely staged – there is a terrific skeletal set of ladders and spaces by Iona McLeish which conjures up the rooming house perfectly allowing space for the stories to be told sometimes simultaneously – and director Helena Kaut-Howson has secured a series of fine performances from her cast.
Jack Klaff as Satin gives a memorable performance and Doug Rao shines as the thief Vesska.
—The London Economic
Thrilling and immersive ... Each cast member manages to maintain a delicately balanced duality: between a fleshed-out, engaging character, and as a stand-in for more universal ideas and concerns.
—A Younger Theatre


Jude Akuwudike


Jacob Banser

Krivoy Zob

Ian Barritt


Jim Bywater


Omer Cem Coltu

2nd Policeman

Ruth Everett

Vassilissa Karpovna

Abhin Galeya


Katie Hart


Mark Jax


Tricia Kelly


Jack Klaff


Adrianna Pawlowska


Doug Rao

Vassily Pepel

Ved Sapru


Simon Scardifield

The Actor

James Simmons


Nick Voyia


Jade Williams



by Maxim Gorky, translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair


Helena Kaut-Howson


Iona McLeish

Lighting Design

David Howe

Sound Design

Neil McKeown

Production Manager

Ian Taylor

Stage Manager

Tamsin Withers

Production Electrician

Ed Locke

Assistant Stage Manager

Bethan McKnight

Makeup Designer

Rosemarie Swinfield

Costume Supervisor

Emma Lynch

Fight Director

John Sandeman
Tier A £19
Tier A (concession) £15
Tier B £14
Tier B (concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (11-14 January) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm.
No performances Sunday.

Press Night - Monday 16 January, 7.30pm
Supporters' Social - Tuesday 17 January, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance - Saturday 21 January, 3.00pm

Running time: 175 minutes approximately (including interval).

Press enquiries: Liz Hyder —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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