Richard Speir presents in association with Arcola Theatre


A new play by Matt Parvin

Directed by Richard Speir

Matt Parvin’s blistering new drama tests the limits of retribution and the power of social status at university.

“You’ve got to throw yourself in, yeah? Do you see? Have to throw yourself right in, whatever that entails.”

Freshers’ term. Greg has taken to university life like a duck to water. Kasper is struggling to fit in.

Summoned to a mediation session with Kasper and the college welfare officer to discuss an accusation of plagiarism, Greg deftly argues his way out of trouble. But when the allegations evolve into something altogether more damaging, how long can Greg remain untouchable?

Gentlemen examines what happens when culture turns toxic, and how a fear of not fitting in risks everyone losing out.

Content warnings: Strong language, Haze, Herbal Cigarette Smoking, Homophobia, Partial Nudity and references to Sexual Assault.


Matt Parvin’s previous work at Arcola: Alice in Wonderland (2013). Matt trained as part of the Arcola Theatre Writer’s Programme in 2015. His other plays include The Noble Nine (Vault Festival); Jam (Finborough Theatre); Two Roads (Vault Festival); Cousins (Soho Theatre).

Richard Speir’s previous work at Arcola: Spun (2018), Broken Lad (2021)

Image by Mihaela Bodlovic, additional post-production by Jamie Lu.

★★★★★ “From time to time a play comes along that ticks every box and gives a surprise treatment to a contemporary topic.”Broadway Baby

★★★★★ “Truly faultless”London Fringe Theatre Reviews

★★★★ “Challenging and provocative drama about discrimination, class and toxic masculinity...the three-strong cast deliver gripping performances.”The Stage

★★★★ “A cynical glance at the unhealthy microcosmos of the Oxbridge lot.”Broadway World

★★★★ “The moral tangles and muddied sense of right and wrong which the play toys with are fascinating.”The Spy In The Stalls

★★★★ “The plot twists in this riveting production drew audible gasps from the audience.”London Theatre1

★★★★ “Thriller-esque in its execution.”The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “A must-see for anyone seeking a thought-provoking and memorable night at the theatre.”Westend Wilma