Arcola Theatre presents

The Game of Love and Chance

by Pierre de Marivaux
in a new version by Quentin Beroud and Jack Gamble

“Either I give the orders or I take the orders. I can’t play both parts at once.”

Arcola’s first production in Arcola Outside is a raucous romantic comedy about sex, class and blessings in disguise.

Lady Sylvia might be 58th in line to the throne, but she’s not been so lucky in love. That all looks set to change with the arrival of sweetheart son-of-a-billionaire Dorante. There’s just the small matter of his charming chauffeur – a man her Royal family would never accept. Let the game begin…

Pierre de Marivaux’s classic comedy is catapulted into a modern world of minor royals and major scandals, in a brand new English version by Quentin Beroud and Arcola’s Associate Director Jack Gamble (The Daughter-in-Law).

Nominated, Off West End Award for Best Company Ensemble


This show is part of Arcola’s festival of outdoor art and performance, Today I’m Wiser. Explore the full programme → 

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★★★★★ “A glorious opening production ... an absolute belter ... what a treat”Hackney Gazette

★★★★ “The Arcola Theatre continues its well deserved reputation for offering quality theatre with this show ... a sparkling revival”Spy In The Stalls

★★★★ “Uproarious comedy ... Quentin Beroud and Jack Gamble’s adaptation is fast and funny, wittily updated”The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Joyfully fun ... many laugh out loud moments”View From The Outside

★★★★ “Lots of zest and very funny”ReviewsGate

★★★★ “The Game of Love and Chance opens the Arcola's tremendous new outdoor space and comes up smart as paint ... the company of six are spot on”London Living Large

★★★★ “A hugely fun romp of deception, mistaken identities and falling in love”The Upcoming

“The cast are uniformly warm and engaging ... This is a midsummer night’s joy”The American Magazine

“What a treat to sit in a theatre and watch a troupe of actors who simply want to make everyone laugh. The action halted several times, mid-scene, while the audience burst into spontaneous applause. More theatres should offer this blend of escapist comedy and psychological revelation.”The Spectator