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7 April–30 April 2016

Arcola Theatre and HighTide

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie

by Anders Lustgarten

Directed by Steven Atkinson

“One day all foreigners will rely on China for everything. We’ll make everything for them, and they’ll come here in their millions. You’ll see.”

Decades after Communist revolution, China is transformed. What does it mean – and how does it feel?

For the first time since Lampedusa, award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre) and HighTide director Steven Atkinson (peddling) reunite for a breathtaking story about the makings of a superpower.

Based on almost a decade of study, The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie is an epic and timely new drama about people, power and possibility.


Post-show discussion
Tuesday 19 April: with economist Ha-Joon Chang and playwright Anders Lustgarten.
A co-production with HighTide
HighTide
Production Sponsor
Lansons

A big, ambitious and thought-provoking play ... a fiercely lucid production. ★★★★
—The Guardian
Lustgarten has speared the essence of Modern China so well that, whatever revelations are around the corner, this play will remain relevant for a long time to come ★★★★
—The Reviews Hub
Excellent ... Opened my eyes to the Chinese way of life ... The set was absolutely mind-blowing ★★★★
—Everything Theatre
Crisp and direct ... The play could scarcely be better done
—WhatsOnStage
Striking and hilarious ... Steven Atkinson's direction of the talented eight-strong cast is bold, and the production whips along
—The Stage
A killer team ... The production elements bedazzle
—A Younger Theatre
Offers some real insight into a profoundly complex country
—Exeunt
  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

  • Photography by Nobby Clark

Cast

Rebecca Boey
Anna Leong Brophy
Alice Hewkin
Stephen Hoo
Sara Houghton
Siu Hun Li
Andrew Leung
Louise Mai Newberry

Text

Anders Lustgarten

Direction

Steven Atkinson

Designer

Lily Arnold

Lighting Designer

Elliot Griggs

Sound Designer

Giles Thomas

Movement Director

Struan Leslie

Associate Director

Andy Twyman

Casting Director

Louis Hammond CDG

Photography

Nobby Clark
Tier A (Standard) £19
Tier A (Concession) £15
Tier B (Standard) £14
Tier B (Concession) £12
Tier C £10
Opening performances (7-11 April) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Nightly at 7.30pm. Saturday matinees at 3pm. No performances Sunday.

Running time: 150 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Swearing

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Maisie Lawrence — maisie@thecornershoppr.com

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