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January – July 2011

Offers and discounts TEN10: Ten performances for Arcola productions available for only £10 in Studio 1 (excluding press nights and Tuesdays and only bookable by phone). £10 PREVIEWS: Available for some Studio 2 productions (only bookable by phone). PAY WHAT YOU CAN TUESDAYS: Tickets are sold on the door from 6.30pm and are subject to availability. CONCESSIONS: Available to students, Equity members, Senior Citizens and those in receipt of disability and unemployment benefits. (Proof of eligibility required when collecting tickets). FREE TICKETS FOR UNDER 26s: Look for the Under 26 logo or visit for a list of eligible shows along with terms and conditions. Please note: All tickets are subject to availability. Seating is unreserved. Tickets are non-refundable. Latecomers may not be admitted.

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24 Ashwin Street London E8 3DL

020 7503 1646

Welcome to Arcola’s Premier Season in our new home; the Colourworks building True to our roots, we have converted the original home of Reeves and Sons Ltd, artists colour manufacturers into another unique and inviting theatre space. Arcola’s first production in 2001 was, by then a new playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz; Soho: A Tale of a Table Dancer. For our first production in our new home we found it fitting to commission Rebecca to write a play, inspired by our new home. The Colourworks Building has years of history in Dalston dating back to 1766 and it’s thought that Reeves paints were used by JMW Turner, the London painter who has become synonymous with classic British Art. Also in the first season we are presenting a mini Russian season, Helend Edmundson’s fantastic adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic, Anna Karenina; a co-production of Uncle Vanya with The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, and another new Chekhov translation, Seagull, directed by Joseph Blatchley, starring Geraldine James. In our new, larger Studio 2, we continue to provide a platform for ‘younger’ production companies such as Ensemble 52, Box of Tricks, Play Productions and Simple8 with mostly new plays as well as revivals . New works by Richard Vergette, Joe Harbot and Adam Brace, revivals of David Mamet, verbatim pieces on climate change and a line up of shorter works from new writers are just some of the work. Arcola Youth Theatre and Arcola Academy are performing fresh new versions of classics Animal Farm and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde along with a revival of Bryony Lavery’s Illyria. Also keep an eye for Arcola’s website for performances by our resident Turkish and Kurdish theatre group - Arcola Ala Turka as well as a series of rehearsed readings from the London Hub of Sustained Theatre on the 9th of February.

Now until 12 February 2011 Studio 1 – 7.30pm Arcola Theatre presents

The Painter By Rebecca Lenkiewicz Directed by Mehmet Ergen Set and Costumes Ben Stones Lighting Emma Chapman Sound Adrienne Quartly Cast Toby Jones as Turner and Amanda Boxer Jim Bywater Niamh Cusack Denise Gough Ian Midlane

Please note as we are now within 100 metres of two overground stations (the new Dalston Junction station and Dalston Kingsland Station), we have adjusted the start times of our productions as it is now quicker to get to Arcola. Studio 1: 7.30pm (2.30pm matinees) Studio 2: 8pm (3pm matinees). Also, for all Arcola productions in Studio 1 we have extended the length of the runs and the £10 tickets offer from the preview period to ten performances (excluding press nights and Tuesdays). There are now many more opportunities to catch our productions! A final note of gratitude to those who have generously donated towards our Appeal, both with money and time. For those who couldn’t help so far, a gentle reminder that the appeal continues. We look forward to continue the journey with you, into the next decade at Ashwin Street. Mehmet Ergen, Artistic Director

The fashionables... They just want to know if a painting’s hot. Whether it will gain. They've got one or two facts. And they string them out like they were classicists...

Turner, the English romantic landscape artist and 'painter of light', was a man obsessed. intensely prolific he was heavily reliant on his father, deeply affected by his mother’s rejections and isolated from the usual breed of artists. English painting is dead. Dealers making fortunes out of sentimental dross. Dogs. Cherubs.

Tickets £17 (£11 concessions) 2.30pm matinees 22, 29 January and 5, 12 February TEN10 – 10 performances £10 (January 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 (mat), 22 (eve), 24) – not available online Pay What You Can Tuesdays Free Tickets for Under 26 Toby Jones as Turner (after Turner Self-portrait) by Simon Annand

21 March – 16 April 2011 STUDIO 1 – 7.30pm

Anna Karenina by Helen Edmundson Adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy Directed by Max Webster Design David Crisp Sound Design Adrienne Quartly Cast includes Adam Alexander Zoë Claire Maryanne O’Brian Tristan Pate Andy Rush Elizabeth Twells Sophie Waller

Everything is finished. I have nothing but you… remember that

Anna is beautiful and admired but empty - until a chance meeting throws her into emotional turmoil and a scandalous affair. Contrasting with this tale of destructive love is the story of Levin, an idealistic man striving to find meaning in life – and a self-portrait of Tolstoy himself. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of the greatest novels of all time and in Helen Edmundson’s celebrated adaptation it becomes a deeply moving meditation on the nature of love. This vibrant and highly physical new production brings a fresh take on this timeless story.

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A dramatization which is symbolically accurate as well as theatrically compelling  The Guardian Helen Edmundson’s exemplary adaptation… succeeds beyond expectation The Times

Tickets £17 (£11 concessions) 2.30pm matinees 9 & 16 April £10 previews 21, 23, 24 and 25 March Pay What you Can Tuesdays

27 April – 4 June 2011 STUDIO 1 – 7.30pm Arcola Theatre and Belgrade Theatre in association with KP Productions present

Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov In a new version by Helena Kaut-Howson and Jon Strickland Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson Design Sophie Jump Lighting Design Alex Wardle Sound Design Paul Bull Original Music Boleslaw Rawski

When a retired celebrity and his beautiful young wife return to their country estate, the humdrum lives of everyone around them are turned upside down for ever. This brand-new production offers a fresh approach to Chekhov’s masterpiece – a tragicomic, poignant story of disillusionment and misplaced love, of thwarted passion and enduring hope. Uncle Vanya will be directed by the internationally acclaimed Helena Kaut-Howson who is known for her sensual and innovative treatment of classical drama. Jon Strickland as Vanya and Simon Gregor as Astrov lead the cast.

Tickets £17 (£11 concessions) 2.30pm matinees – 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4 June TEN10 – 10 performances £10 – 27, 29, 30 April, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 (mat), 7 (eve), 9 May not available online Pay What You Can Tuesdays

9 June – 16 July 2011 STUDIO 1 – 7.30pm Arcola Theatre and Runaway Theatre present

Seagull By Anton Chekhov In a New Translation by John Kerr, Joseph Blatchley and Charlotte Pyke Director Joseph Blatchley Designer Dora Schweitzer Starring Geraldine James as Arkadina

An anxious young playwright in 1890's rural Russia prepares the first performance of his new play in front of the two women in his life, with devastating consequences. Everyone is in love with the wrong person while death hovers close by. Through both comedy and tragedy Seagull explores lives that are precariously balanced between love and indifference, success and failure, hope and despair. This is classic Chekhov with the original censor’s cuts restored.

Tickets £17 (£11 concessions) 2.30pm matinees – 18, 25 June, 2, 9, 16 July TEN10 – 10 performances £10 – 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 (mat), 18 (eve), 20, 22 June not available online Pay What You Can Tuesdays

24 January – 19 February 2011 STUDIO 2 – 8.00pm

22 – 26 February 2011 STUDIO 2 – 8.00pm

Ensemble 52 presents

Eilís Sanfey presents

As We Forgive Them By Richard Vergette Designed and Directed by Andrew Pearson Featuring Joe Sims and Michael Anthony Brown

November 2008: The US elections herald a new era of change and optimism. For newly elected Democrat Congressman, John Daniels, this should be the happiest of times. However, the brutal murder of his only daughter forces him to confront his liberal values; should he use his right to request the death penalty and junk his staunchly held views on abolition or does he let his daughter’s killer live?

Change By Eilís Sanfey Directed by Ellie Browning Sound by Edward Lewis

December 2010 saw the worst flooding in Australia since 1974. In July, 10 million people in Pakistan saw their homes damaged or completely destroyed by the floods. The Maldives is at threat of disappearing by 2050 under rising sea levels. Change gives a voice to the real people who are already in the grip of climate change, using actors as a prism to illuminate their heartbreaking and inspiring stories, exactly as told. Funded by IdeasTap

Tickets £15 (£11 concessions) Pay What You Can Tuesdays Free Tickets for Under 26

As We Forgive Them satisfies on every level… Should not be missed… What’s on Stage

Tickets £15 (£11 concessions) £10 previews – 24, 25 January Pay What You Can Tuesdays Free Tickets for Under 26

Post Show Discussions Arcola Sustainability invites you to join the cast, creative team and guests for a series of discussion on art, science and the environment. Wednesday 22 February Creative Communication: The Role of the Arts in Shaping our Understanding of Climate Change Thursday 23 February Climate Doubt: Is Climate Change Scientific Fact or a Series of Convenient Coincidences?

1 – 5 March 2011 STUDIO 2 – 7.45pm

9 March – 9 April 2011 STUDIO 2 – 8.00pm

Box of Tricks presents

Cartwright Productions in association with nabokov present

Word:Play 4 Directors: Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Produced by Dan Baker

One word, six new plays... Following the critical, sell-out success of previous incarnations, Box of Tricks’ flagship project Word:Play will be championing the next generation of new writing with six specially-commissioned fifteen-minute plays inspired by the word ‘Revolution’. New plays by Daniel Kanaber Jaki McCarrick Katie McCullough Siân Owen Becky Prestwich Daniel Smith

A launchpad for top quality new talent British Theatre Guide

The Boy on the Swing By Joe Harbot Directed by Joe Murphy Designed by Hannah Clark

Tickets £13 (£11 concessions)

A searing new comedy that questions our need for religion in the 21st century.

Pay What You Can Tuesdays

Earl feels he’s missing something and, after ringing the number on a business card, finds a Foundation that offers meetings with God. They’re very expensive, but after seemingly endless bureaucracy Earl does end up in a room with someone who says they’re God. The world premiere of The Boy on the Swing is directed by Fringe First 2010 winner Joe Murphy (Artistic Director of nabokov).

Tickets £15 (£11 concessions) £10 Previews – 9, 10 March Pay What You Can Tuesdays

12 April – 7 May 2011 STUDIO 2 – 8.00pm

24 May – 24 June 2011 Studio 2 – 8.00pm

Play Productions Ltd presents

simple8 presents

Lakeboat and Prairie du Chien

The Four Stages of Cruelty A new play based on the engravings of William Hogarth

by Adam Brace and Sebastian Armesto 1751. London is over-crowded. The morals are as loose as the women and the crime as free as the gin. On the streets, prostitutes, footpads and highwaymen coalesce with Dukes, members of Parliament and anyone in between.

by David Mamet Directed by Abbey Wright

It is ship worker Dale’s first day on board the Lakeboat. The tall tale of his predecessor’s disappearance whips through the crew, as Dale discovers the insecurities of their mundane lives, their rivalries and fantastic dreams.

Somewhere near the bottom of this heap is an orphan named Tom Nero. Trapped in a brutal and compelling struggle to survive, he grapples, hustles and kills to rise above the fate society has dealt him.

In a claustrophobic railroad car rolling through the night, violent tales of obsession, jealousy and death unfold as travellers while away their long journey across the Prairie du Chien.

Following their acclaimed adaptations of Les Enfants du Paradis and The Living Unknown Soldier, simple8 returns to Arcola Theatre in collaboration with renowned playwright Adam Brace.

An intriguing double bill of rarely performed plays from acclaimed American writer David Mamet, winner of a Pulitzer prize and Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, and Academy Award nominations for The Verdict and Wag The Dog.

Praise for simple8:  The Times A company possessing the skills, intelligence and dedication to create wonder.

There are few living American dramatists to touch him for theatrical excitement. Charles Spencer, The Telegraph, on David Mamet

Tickets £15 (£11 concessions) £10 Previews – 12, 13, 14 April Pay What You Can Tuesdays

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Praise for Adam Brace:  Time Out Sunday Times Top Ten Plays of the Decade: Inspires shock and awe.

Tickets £15 (£11 concessions) 3.00pm matinee Sat 11 June £10 Previews – 24, 25 May Pay What You Can Tuesdays

Arcola Youth Theatre Season 10 and 11 May 2011 Studio 2 – 8pm Arcola Youth presents

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Directed by Jen Camillin A bold re-working of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. Renowned scientist, Dr Henry Jekyll, attempts to discover a method to separate his refined manners from his dark desires. Meanwhile, there is a killer on the loose, and the police are searching for the illusive Edward Hyde. A haunting ensemble represent the mysterious layers of Dr Jekyll’s mind as we witness Hyde’s darker thoughts take tighter hold and Dr Jekyll begins to lose control.

All tickets £6

Image: Penobscot Theatre Company

13 and 14 May 2011 Studio 2 – 8pm Arcola Youth presents

Animal Farm by George Orwell adapted by Ian Wooldridge Directed by Ian Nicholson George Orwell’s Animal Farm is reimagined by Arcola Youth Theatre. In an ambitious physical retelling of this classic tale, stories of greed, injustice and a relentless pursuit for power over all things are examined and explored to see whether things have really changed for us.

All tickets £6

Image: Satansgoalie

18 – 21 May 2011 Studio 2 – 8pm Arcola Academy presents

Illyria By Bryony Lavery Directed by Owen Calvert-Lyons British Journalist Maria Vargas is posted to the war-torn country of Illyria to interview the wife of the country’s dictator but quickly finds herself pulled into a world of darkness, violence and torture. This beautiful and lyrical play by award-winning playwright, Bryony Lavery, explores the horror of war and its ability to corrupt the human heart.

All tickets £6

Image: Blair Wightman www.blair

Three pieces of innovative and challenging theatre performed over two weeks.


Sustainability Arcola Theatre is committed to producing great theatre with limited environmental impact. From our unique collaborations with engineers pioneering new forms of energy to the processes we’re putting in place in our new building, we’re continually working towards a brighter future and seeking positive ways to produce great theatre that limits any damage to the planet.

Youth Theatre Do you live in or around Hackney and are between 12 and 25? Would you like the chance to perform at an award-winning international theatre? Why not join Arcola Youth Theatre or Arcola Academy?

Green Sunday – FREE From sculpture workshops to free bicycle MOTs, live performances, speakers, film screenings and more, Arcola Green Sundays are an afternoon of fun and information for everyone, exploring the why’s and how–tos of making our planet greener. For information on the next Arcola Green Sunday, visit

For more information email


Dalston Eastern Curve Garden Come and get involved, read a book, build a compost bin, make a bio-diversity garden. To become a volunteer, email:

Arcola Energy Arcola’s multi-disciplinary enterprise for innovative sustainability has two strands of work: developing and retailing cutting edge low carbon products, especially fuel cells; and as an award-winning not –for profit project driving sustainability in the arts.


Theatre Company

Arcola 50+ is a touring theatre group for Hackney residents aged 50 and over. The group performs every year at Arcola Theatre and venues around Hackney. For more information email:

How to get to Arcola’s new location Arcola Theatre has transferred all activities from Arcola Street to the Colourworks Building on Ashwin Street: Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street Dalston, London E8 3DL London Overground: Dalston Junction Station: Dalston Junction to West Croydon Line (approximately 100 metres to Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street Dalston Kingsland Station: Richmond to Stratford Line (approximately 100 metres to Arcola Theatre, Ashwin Street) Bus: Stopping in Kingsland High Street: - 149 from London Bridge or Edmonton Green - 76 or 243 from Old Street or Wood Green Stopping in Dalston Lane: - 38 or 56 from Angel or Clapton Pond Roundabout/Lea Bridge Road - 30 or 277 from Highbury and Islington - 242 from Tottenham Court Road via Liverpool Street or Hackney Central

A suite of creative and rehearsal spaces on the first floor of Arcola Theatre. The new Bloomberg Arts Lab and Bloomberg Programme support Arcola's Youth and Community Programme as well providing much improved creative facilities for established and emerging professional theatre-makers. Supported by

Ala Turka Ala Turka is Arcola Theatre’s Turkish and Kurdish theatre company. The group meets every Sunday and performs every year in Turkish and English.

Dalston Kingsland to Richmond or Stratford

Keep an eye on the Arcola website for 2011 performances. For more information about joining Ala Turka, email:

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