Sarah Stribley Productions


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](

★★★★★ Arts Desk   
★★★★★ Theatrefullstop   
★★★★★ The Gay UK   
★★★★ WhatsOnStage   
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Exeunt   
★★★★ Hackney Gazette   
★★★★ Morning Star   
★★★★ RemoteGoat   
★★★★ West End Wilma
★★★★ So So Gay   
★★★★ LDN Card

Photo credit: Ben Broomfield

Twitter: @Ghost_Ridley

“Ridley is never a playwright to miss” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm – £19 (£15 concessions)

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