Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth

The Daughter-in-Law

by D H Lawrence

Directed by Jack Gamble

★★★★ “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.


Post-show events

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