An interview with Gareth Thomas

On a night in late February, Gareth Thomas – former captain of the Welsh rugby team and the most famous gay team sportsman in the world – took his family and friends to a theatre press night. He’s no stranger, now, to shiny showbiz events but this was special. The play being premiered was Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage, which tells his own extraordinary story, set against that of his hometown Bridgend, which has had its own share of the media’s attention. Continue reading

Summer Season Announced

All shows in our 2014 summer season have been announced today!

Starting our season off is Between Us by Sarah Daniels, commissioned by Arcola Theatre and playing in Studio 2. Morphic Graffiti kicks things off in Studio 1 with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, followed shortly after by The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes directed by former Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Nicolas Kent.

Grimeborn returns for its eighth season with shows in both studios, and our Arcola Creative Engagement team bring a season of shows to Studio 2 including devised pieces, world premieres and shows for the whole family.

See the full announcement here.

A string of Offie nominations for Arcola

The Spanish Golden Age Season  is one of the productions dominating this year’s Offie nominations, as is Up In Arm’s Visitors, with a total of 9 nominations between them.

3 of the Best Female Actor nominations are for Arcola performers with 2 of our Spanish Golden Age season ensemble members competing against each other (Francis McNamee for Punishment Without Revenge, Katie Lightfoot for Don Gil, Linda Bassett for Visitors). It’s the same in the Best Supporting Male category (Simon Scardifield for Punishment Without Revenge, Chris Andrew Mellon for Don Gil). In the Best Director category Laurence Boswell (A Lady of Little Sense, also nominated for Best Production) and Alice Hamilton (Visitors) are up against each other. Visitors is also nominated for Best Male Actor (Robin Soans) and Best New Play (Barney Norris).

Box Office Holiday Hours

From Sunday 22 December, our box office will be closed for the holiday period. We will reopen for business on 2 January with our regular hours of 12.30 to 6pm.

Bookings will still be available online for our upcoming 2014 season. Learn more about our Spring season here.

New Vacancy: Front of House Ushers

Arcola Theatre is now recruiting Ushers to join our Front of House Team. Arcola’s Usher team are central to ensuring that audiences continue visiting Arcola and have a pleasant and entertaining time in our company.

For the full job description and application form, please visit our Vacancies page here.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 10th January 2014. Interviews will take place on w/c 13th January 2014.