By David Mamet

Cast Elizabeth McGovern, Matthew Marsh, Paul Rattray

“No psychic powers are needed to see that Nicholson’s engrossing production deserves a West End transfer”

The Independent On Sunday

“Amelia Nicholson’s production is absolutely first-rate… this is one of those productions where you can just sink into the quality. The acting is a real pleasure to watch, with the added bonus of being only a few feet away.

Time Out

“Amelia Nicholson’s gripping production is like a small controlled explosion whose shockwaves ripple beyond the play’s ambiguous ending.

The Times

“Matthew Marsh give a tour de force of a performance… it pays to make an appointment with this particular psychic”

The Observer

“Arcola’s excellent fringe revival of David Mamet’s The Shawl – with a cast worthy of the NT”

The Independent On Sunday

Director Amelia Nicholson

Design Anna Bliss Scully

Sound Tom Gibbons

Lighting Richard Howell

A troubled woman seeks guidance from a silver-tongued clairvoyant, who in turn reveals to a manipulative young trick the art of his craft. But who’s deceiving whom? Is there such a thing as an honest charlatan?

Mamet’s razor sharp text is a lyrical exploration of trust, greed and betrayal, and the power of spiritual knowledge in a secular world.

“The finest American playwright of his generation.”

The Sunday Times

Read the full Independent On Sunday review here.

Read the full Times review here.

Read the full Observer review here.

Read the full Guardian review here.

Friday 2nd October – A Free Post Show Treat

Live music from Elizabeth McGovern and Friends

Join us in Arcola’s Bar Café for an intimate acoustic set to get the weekend off to a relaxing start.

Original material written and performed by Elizabeth McGovern,
Rietta Austin, Nick Lacey, Simon Nelson, Nurbeck Savitahunov
and Kalvin Zemzaris