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30 August–29 September 2018

Arcola Theatre

The Plague

after La Peste by Albert Camus

Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett

To begin with, everyone agreed that this couldn’t possibly happen. Not to them.
But now, people are starting to talk about infection – even quarantine.
Who is responsible? And what’s the cure?

★★★★ “What a story … Camus made contemporary” – Evening Standard
★★★★ – Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, The Times, Sunday Times, WhatsOnStage

Following last year’s sold-out premiere, director Neil Bartlett revives his critically-acclaimed production of The Plague for four weeks only.

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

Originally written in the aftermath of the Nazis’ march across Europe, the novel struck a powerful chord with millions struggling to understand the fascist ‘plague’ that had just overwhelmed them.

Now, as Europe slides again into chaos and uncertainty, this gripping stage adaptation retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times.

Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations – post-show discussion with director Neil Bartlett – Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm

★★★★ Ingenious update of Camus' chilling fable... a striking production
—The Guardian
★★★★ Grippingly beautiful ... Albert Camus's dark parable brought devastatingly into the modern age
—The Telegraph
★★★★ What a story ... Camus made chilling and contemporary
—Evening Standard
★★★★ Bartlett's master-stroke is to present the story in such a spare, minimalist fashion that it is seems to be applicable to everything from Ebola to Syria and Brexit.
—The Independent
★★★★ Stark and swift, it makes uncompromising viewing
—The Times
★★★★ Bartlett's production has an itchy urgency that both grips and unsettles
★★★★ All five actors are exceptional
—The Sunday Times
★★★★ Not to be missed
—The Upcoming
★★★★ Stark and powerful
—Reviews Gate
★★★★ Unforgettable ... you emerge into the bustle of East London encouraged
—Libby Purves
★★★★ A vital piece of theatre that breathes new life into a still relevant text – a must-see production
—Mind The Blog
★★★★ Stylish, haunting and deeply theatrical
—Carole Woddis
★★★★ Brings forth the power and poetry of the original novel which is still so relevant today.
—Theatre Full Stop
Compelling ... irrefutably resonant metaphor for contemporary, post-Brexit Britain
—The Stage
Sharp, direct and tears right to the heart of the story ... one of the most thought-provoking and timely pieces of theatre that London has seen for years.
—Hackney Citizen
Hidden gem ... Ferocious simplicity and pared choices make for an absorbing evening
—Fringe Review
A clear and punchy retelling of the story, which feels both contemporary and carries a kind of afterglow of the original book
—Aleks Sierz
Intense and thoughtful
—Traffic Light Theatregoer


Geoff Aymer
Billy Postlethwaite
Sara Powell
Simon Startin
Martin Turner


after La Peste by Albert Camus


Neil Bartlett


Neil Bartlett

Lighting Design

Jack Weir

Sound Design

Dinah Mullen
Best £26 (£22 previews)
Standard £22 (£19 previews)
Value £15
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm.
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.
No performances Sunday.
Press night: 5 September 2018 at 7pm.

Contains gunshots, a reference to self-harm, and scenes that some may find distressing. If you would like any further information, please contact the box office on 0207 503 1646 (Monday – Saturday 12.30pm – 6pm).


  • 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

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 85 minutes approximately .

  • This production contains:
    Loud noises

    Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Sam Wightman —

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