★★★★ “Arguably the best account of working-class life in British drama. Jack Gamble’s revival, strongly cast and steeped in authentic east Midlands dialect, does it full justice … A first-rate revival of a major play.” — The Guardian
Following a sold-out first run, and three Off West End award nominations, The Daughter-in-Law transfers to Arcola Studio 1 for four weeks only.
In Nottinghamshire, 1912, trouble is brewing in the mines – and simmering closer to home.
When Mrs Gascoyne discovers an explosive secret about her newly-married son, it risks the hard-earned security of her daughter-in-law. But Minnie Gascoyne isn’t going to settle without a fight.
Arcola Associate Director Jack Gamble directs a new, in-the-round staging of D H Lawrence’s groundbreaking play – the first in London for over 15 years.
Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations | Monday 21 January: a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team, chaired by Jeannie Farr. Free entry.
Relaxed Performance | Monday 28 January, 19:30: A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions or anyone with sensory and communication disorders. Babes in arms are also welcome to relaxed performances.
“★★★★★ A superbly engaging production which is hauntingly relevant to our times ... A great success right to the core” – The Upcoming
“★★★★★ Jack Gamble’s razor sharp production captures the rawness and flaws of each of the characters to vivid effect, with performances that are delivered with real grit and passion – highly recommended” – Love London Love Culture
“★★★★★ Immaculate ... The play is brilliant ... The cast is utterly convincing” – London Box Office
“★★★★★ Gripping ... highly recommended” – ActDrop
“★★★★★ ‘Kitchen sink drama’ before the phrase was coined ... this is a show fuelled by finely chiselled performances” – Spy In The Stalls
“★★★★½ Gritty drama from the pen of one of the 20th Century’s greatest writers is given a riveting reassessment at the Arcola Theatre in one of the best productions in the venue’s history ... sharp, intelligent and unforgettable” – The Reviews Hub
“★★★★ A vivid revival of DH Lawrence's tale of working-class grit and deprivation” – Morning Star
“★★★★ Riveting to the core … A lively and impassioned revival” – LondonTheatre1
“★★★★ A roller coaster of a play ... super performances from the entire cast ... directed to really engrossing effect in the round” – ReviewsGate
“★★★★ Expertly presented ... The performances, drama and intimate space will have you transfixed throughout ... There were gasps from the audience” – Paul In London
“★★★★ Searing simplicity ... DH Lawrence's tragically inflected 1913 tale of family relationships powerfully told” – The Arts Desk
“★★★★ A fascinating drama ... Jack Gamble’s directorial vision realizes this story with verve and charm.” – British Theatre
“★★★★ An intense, engaging watch” – Theatre Weekly
“★★★★ Compelling drama bought beautifully to life with clear direction and some sensational performances” – The Break A Leggers
“★★★★ What’s remarkable is how relevant it all is ... A layered piece, presented with lucidity and attention to detail, that will resonate with a new audience” – The Gizzle Review
“★★★★ A very strong and thrillingly tense drama that is a unique experience in Arcola Studio 1 ... The entire cast are absolutely fantastic and deliver some incredible performances” – Hayley Sprout