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Thebes Land

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It’s back. The smash-hit, critically-acclaimed Thebes Land – winner of Best Production at the 2016 Off West End awards – returns to Arcola for 5 weeks only.

In this exhilarating multiple-reality drama, a playwright struggles to stage the incredible story of Martin Santos, a young man serving a life sentence for killing his father. As their interviews progress and opening night approaches, both of their worlds begin to unravel with shocking consequences. Will the truth be found, and can it be told?

Trevor White and Alex Austin reprise their celebrated performances in Daniel Goldman‘s funny, ingenious production, performed inside a giant steel cage.

Part of our new Summer/Autumn season.


Part of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival

★★★★ Exquisitely crafted ... utterly compelling ... a rare treat
—The Stage
★★★★ Frequently sublimely funny ... a witty, unexpected show that boasts blistering performances
—The Guardian
★★★★ This ingenious two-hander remakes the rules of storytelling then breaks them
—Evening Standard
★★★★ What a sharp, satisfying watch this is ... Sergio Blanco's play turns somersaults with the truth
★★★★★ A must-see production, brilliantly acted by Austin and White ... superbly adapted by Daniel Goldman ... a tour de force
—Morning Star
★★★★★ Trevor White and the remarkable Alex Austin are mesmerising
★★★★ An exceptional exploration of performance itself. Exhilarating, moving, and slick ... a real highlight of this year’s theatre
★★★★ A wily beast of a play that leaves you reeling
—The Gay UK
★★★★ A rewarding, innovative drama
—Broadway World
★★★★ A stunning & unusual play, the kind one remembers long afterwards ... the actors are both superb
—Remote Goat
★★★★ Goldman’s superbly acted production offers many pleasures
—Reviews Hub
★★★★ A hell of a play ... though it delves deep into darkness it's also extremely funny, thanks to a nimble and punchy translation by Daniel Goldman ... It's a winner! Go go go!
—London City Nights
★★★★ Daniel Goldman’s rather ingeniously directed twist on the Oedipus myth works magnificently
—Flaming Norma
★★★★ Fascinating to watch ... The performances from White and Austin are exceptional
—The Peg
★★★★ Superb and intricate ... A brilliant, important show, wonderfully executed
★★★★ Definitely a play to see ... Trevor White is excellent and Alex Austin exceptionally fine
—West End Wilma
★★★★ Quite unlike anything one has seen before ... Cleverly written, blazingly acted ... a dazzling night at the theatre
★★★★ Thought provoking, innovative, daring and - above all - entertaining


Trevor White
Alex Austin
Martin Santos


Sergio Blanco


Daniel Goldman

Literal Translation

Rob Cavazos


Daniel Goldman


Jemima Robinson

Lighting and Video Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Elena Pena

Associate Director

Gianluca Lello


Alex Brenner

Assistant Director

Mariana Aristizabal

Assistant Designer

Malena Arcucci

A production by Arcola Theatre and CASA Latin American Theatre Festival. Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.


Best £22 (£19 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £20 (£17 conc, £15 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)
Restricted £12 (£10 previews)

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm.
Wednesday matinee 4 October 3.00pm
No performances Sunday.

Contains references to violence.

Free post-show discussions

Saturday 16 September, 3pm: Jeannie Theatre Conversations

Running time: 120 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Suitable for 14+