Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen announces ninth Grimeborn festival

“For the ninth year running, Grimeborn will showcase work from some of our most exciting opera artists, in an accessible way and at an affordable price. Classics by Puccini, Verdi and Strauss will be reimagined; little-known masterpieces like Tchouhadjian’s Gariné will receive rare productions; new and contemporary works will demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of opera within our culture.”

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Arcola announces new Summer/Autumn season

THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS AND HEARTS, a new chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert, receives its world premiere in a production by Ryan McBryde

GRIMEBORN, Arcola’s month-long festival of opera, returns for its ninth year

Director Nadia Latif reunites with American playwright Kristiana Colón for OCTAGON, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 Arcola sell-out but i cd only whisper

EVENTIDE, Barney Norris’ first play since the award-winning Visitors, gets its world premiere prior to a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre and Up in Arms

Plus, in January 2016, Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new play JANE WENHAM: THE WITCH OF WALKERN comes to London following a national tour, co-produced by Arcola Theatre, Out of Joint and Watford Palace Theatre

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A letter from Mehmet Ergen

Arcola audiences old and new,

Mark Jagasia spent 12 years writing for some of Britain’s best-known newspapers. In 2007, he left the industry to write an explosive first play about it.

Clarion shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our national press. As soon as I received the script last year, I programmed a reading in our PlayWROUGHT festival of new writing. Those who were there know how special it was. Continue reading

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.

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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).