Arcola Theatre

Theatre , Private theatres Kingsland
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Arcola Theatre
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East London's new writing stronghold is a bit erratic but much appreciated

Situated slap bang in the middle of east London's vibrant Turkish community in Dalston, the Arcola Theatre was here before the hipsters and – despite one enforced venue change, to its present former paint factory site – remains a bastion of interesting work in theatre-light east London.

The quality of the programme tends to wax and wane, and you suspect gifted founder artistic director Mehmet Ergen could make a bigger deal out of it if he didn't have various other projects on the boil. Still, the erratic programme is enjoyably unpredictable and occasionally brilliant, hard to pin down in any meaningful may, but revolving around fresh voices and politicised new work. It biggest constant is Grimeborn, an irreverent and influential festival of new opera writing that takes place in the summer.

Tickets are cheap as chips and comparable to the fringe, the ramshackle bar has some lovely old sofas to sink into before or after a show, and there is an admiral commitment to becoming the greenest theatre in the UK, with a goal of becoming completely carbon neutral.

Venue name: Arcola Theatre
Address: 24 Ashwin St
E8 3DL
Transport: Dalston Kingsland or Dalston Junction Overground
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Bec M

This place is innovative, socially conscious, sustainable and with the best atmosphere! Brilliant shows, brilliant team, and a brilliant bar to dissect in afterwards.

Lydia D

Really appreciate having a local theatre with affordably priced tickets and an good quality eclectic choice of productions.

Alissa L

Lots of talent. Saw Swansong the other week and was impressed with brilliant acting and production. Both comedic timing, music and lighting were spot on. Very impressive. Will be going back.

Dan A

Consistently interesting and entertaining shows programmed by a great team of people. Proud to have this as my local theatre!

Rubyyy J

More than an innovative and unique theatre space but also a mirror for the changing face of Hackney and London. One of the most diverse and innovative theatre spaces I've ever experienced!

Bec M

This theatre is producing the best and most exciting work in London. Make the (20 min) trek, it's so worth it.

Nick C

Excellent theatre that produces and hosts exciting and important plays in an interesting green venue. Good bar too. The sort of thing that's great about Dalston. 


A good off West End theatre with a great bar and affordable tickets.  Home of Grimeborn among other interesting shows.

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