Arcola Theatre presents

The Dance of Death

by August Strindberg
in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Directed by Mehmet Ergen

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Multi award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz returns to Arcola with a new version of Strindberg’s compelling domestic drama.

As their 25th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They’ve driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations.

When a newcomer breaks into the midst of the fray, their insular lives threaten to spin out of control.

Laced with biting humour, The Dance of Death is August Strindberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its limits.

Rebecca Lenkiewicz reunites with Arcola’s co-founder and Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen for the world premiere of a thrilling new version.


Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s previous work at Arcola: Jane Wenham – The Witch of Walkern (2015); The Painter (2011), which opened the current Arcola on Ashwin Street; Ghosts (2009); An Enemy of the People (2008); Soho – A Tale of Table Dancers (2001), which opened the first Arcola on Arcola Street. In 2008 her play Her Naked Skin became the first full-length work by a female writer to be staged on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage.

Mehmet Ergen’s previous work at Arcola: Little Miss Sunshine (2019); Stop and Search (2019); Richard III (2018); Clarion (2015 & 2016); Don Gill of the Green Breeches (2014); Mare Rider (2013); Sweet Smell of Success (2012); The Painter (2011); The Cradle Will Rock (2010); An Enemy of the People (2008); Silver Birch House (2007); Chasing The Moment (2007); Release The Beat (2004); Seven Deadly Sins (2003); I Can Get It For You Wholesale (2002); Macbeth (2002); Jitterbug (2001); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2001); Plebeians Rehearse The Uprising (2001). Mehmet is Artistic Director and co-founder of Arcola Theatre.