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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 14 2014
Situated slap bang in the middle of east London's vibrant Turkish community in Dalston, the Arcola Theatre has been blessed with an exciting, challenging and varied programme since it first opened in 2000. Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen (who also founded the Southwark Playhouse) and Executive Producer Leyla Nazli have built the space up to become one of the most trusted off-West End theatres in London. It moved from Arcola street to Ashwin street in 2011 to take over a former paint manufacturing workshop and it was there that the theate's aim to reduce their carbon emissions really took focus. The theatre has staged new plays and revivals by the likes of Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Max Stafford-Clark, Frank McGuinness, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Ariel Dorfman.
What's on at Arcola Theatre
- Critics' choice
Miika Hyytiäinen’s experimental music theatre piece employing multi-media to explore aspects of time and temporality. Expect weird and wonderful extended vocal techniques from Annika Fuhrmann and Frauke Aulbert, accompanied by the Varjo Ensemble playing...
Off-West End, Drama
The first major revival of Philip Ridley's divisive play 'Ghost From a Perfect Place'. The ever-shocking Ridley caused a ruckus with this one when it premiered 20 years ago at Hampstead theatre. Here it's being directed by Russell Bolam, whose recent...
Music festivals, Opera, Drama, Off-West End
The Arcola Theatre's opera festival Grimeborn is eight years old this year and returns with what looks like as nicely varied an offering as ever. Giving tup and coming opera directors, writers and performers a rare chance to strut their stuff, Grimeborn...
Contemporary opera, Musicals
- Critics' choice
Grimeborn Festival concludes with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s stunning music-theatre piece for singer and ensemble exploring the perpetual torture of mental illness. It is paired with William Walton’s kitsch, Sitwell-inspired ‘Façade’.