Multi award-winning playwright Philip Ridley returns to the Arcola with his contemporary classic Ghost From A Perfect Place, a scorchingly dark comedy where a monster from the past meets the monsters of the present.
Back in the swinging sixties, Travis Flood led a gang that terrorised East London. Now, after an absence of many years, he returns to find his old turf in the clutches of a new kind of gang…with a new kind of leader. Rio – ruler of a mob of girls – instantly captivates Travis with her haunting beauty. But soon a shocking story begins to emerge – one that shatters both their distorted memories.
Twenty years after its explosive premiere at Hampstead Theatre, Ghost From A Perfect Place has its first major revival under the direction of Russell Bolam, following his critically-acclaimed production of Ridley’s Shivered (Southwark Playhouse 2012).
★★★★ “An impressive revival”
★★★★★ “Thrilling … faultless … a contemporary classic”
The Arts Desk
★★★★★ “A triumph – the staging and direction are faultless”
The Gay UK
★★★★★ “Deeply moving … It has to be experienced”
Don’t miss the series of post-show events accompanying Ghost From A Perfect Place. All events are free to show ticket-holders with first priority given to ticket-holders for the evening in question. Each talk starts 10 minutes after the performance with an approximate running time of 40 minutes. For more information, [click here](https://arcola1.staging.wpengine.com/events/ghost-from-a-perfect-place-post-show-discussions).
★★★★★ The Gay UK
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Hackney Gazette
★★★★ Morning Star
★★★★ West End Wilma
★★★★ So So Gay
★★★★ LDN Card
Photo credit: Ben Broomfield
“Ridley is never a playwright to miss” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Opening performances (11 – 13 September) – all tickets £12
Saturday matinees at 3.00pm – £19 (£15 concessions)
Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6.30pm – limited and subject to availability)
Recommended for ages 14+
Running time is approximately 2hrs plus an interval