Listings including text "arcola"

Surfaces all the Way Down: The Shape of Things at the Arcola Theatre

It's quite possible to find LaBute's play unpleasant, insincere and glib. Yet as this solid revival shows it remains difficult to resist. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 11th December 2013 Read more...
Theatre Profile: One Reviewer's Picks

As we launch our campaign to find London's favourite Off West End theatre venue, our reviewers tell us which theatre they would vote for. To get us started, Chris O'Shaughnessy talks us through some of his personal Off West End highlights. Vote for your own favourite Off West End theatre below!

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Oil and Canvas: Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre

Jeremy Green's new play gives Pre-Raphaelite muse Elizabeth Siddal a voice of her own. It is fun and involving, even if it indulges a little too much in the soapy love stories too readily attached to the Pre-Raphaelites. Emma West's Lizzie is a revelation. At the Arcola.

Saturday 23rd November 2013 Read more...
Macbeth Goes to the Gym: Macbeth of Fire and Ice at the Arcola Theatre

Macbeth is the god of hellfire and he brings you... fire. And (dry) ice. And blood. Lots and lots of blood. A production which tells it how it is. At the Arcola Theatre. 

Friday 8th November 2013 Read more...
Brutality Personified: Titus Andronicus at the Arcola Theatre

Hiraeth Artistic Productions bring together two brutal eras in their Roman-turned-1980s interpretation of Titus Andronicus. A production most definitely not for the faint hearted, it is extreme and emotionally charged from the start. At the Arcola Theatre.

Tuesday 15th October 2013 Read more...
Observing the animals: In the Jungle of Cities at the Arcola Theatre

Bertolt Brecht's early play, written when he was just twenty-three, bursts onto the Arcola stage in a blaze of incandescent fury. But although the passion of the writing is unmistakable, so also is its incoherence. First-rate acting and thoughtful direction only compound the sense of a theatrical genius struggling to express his vision.

Monday 23rd September 2013 Read more...
Go down to the woods today: Pelléas et Mélisande at Grimeborn

Imaginative staging, brilliant acting, superb singing, horrifying finale: this fantastic production brings Maeterlinck's philosophical fairytale to glorious life, in a minimalist vision which allows the myriad images of Debussy's beautiful music to glow and shine. Part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

Friday 23rd August 2013 Read more...
Back to the grindstone: The Miller's Wife at Grimeborn

Vibrant moments from a valiant cast reward the listener, but one can't help but feel this opera is not yet finished – and still needs editing. Part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre.

Monday 19th August 2013 Read more...
Lament at Tête à Tête

Part of the impressively varied Tête à Tête opera festival at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, Silent Opera's Lament is a procession of familiar clichés.

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...
Ryedale Festival Opera's The Magic Flute at Grimeborn

Part of the annual Grimeborn festival, Ryedale Festival Opera's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute is a fun evening of light-hearted nonsense at the Arcola Theatre.

Friday 9th August 2013 Read more...
A collectivist mindset: Exquisite Corpses at Grimeborn

Performing as part of Grimeborn opera festival at the Arcola Theatre, the Vocal Constructivists' Exquisite Corpses involved performing non-traditional notation through singing and movement. The venue presented limitations, but the group is a serious enterprise with laudable artistic aims.

Monday 5th August 2013 Read more...
Billy Budd at Southwark Playhouse

secret/heart Theatre’s stage adaptation of Herman Melville's Billy Budd transports our imaginations to the late 18th century nautical world. Harcombe’s production captures the tone and mood of the classic, but the flow of the play is as bumpy as the waves on which the tale sails upon. At the Southwark Playhouse.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Read more...
Mischievous appearances: Leandro Erlich invites you to play at Dalston House

In association with OTO Projects, the Barbican Art Gallery has commissioned Dalston House to Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, an enigmatic project that reflects on the architectural legacies of the neighbourhood through a participatory outdoor installation and a wide range of onsite events running until early August.

Tuesday 25th June 2013 Read more...
A rare opportunity: A Taste of Catalan Contemporary Theatre at the Arcola Theatre

The Arcola brings us a little touch of Catalan in the Tent. It's an evening of two halves - the first straightforwardly dark, the second darkly humorous. Stick with it: the second half is more rewarding, and worth the wait.

Monday 20th May 2013 Read more...
Brave the Overground for this whopper of a show: Sons Without Fathers at the Arcola Theatre

This is a brilliant version of Chekov's rarely performed first play, understandably avoided as it is undeniably a Make or Break script. This is the former: each aspect of it – acting, design, lighting and costume – is a potential award-winner. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 15th May 2013 Read more...
Love For Sale: Larisa and the Merchants at the Arcola Theatre

In a trading town on the Volga River a poor young girl aims to forget her no-good nobleman lover by hitching herself to a government official. But she hasn't counted on her lover's return to the town. Alexander Ostrovsky's play about gender and economics receives a long-overdue British premiere in Samuel Adamson's compelling version. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 8th May 2013 Read more...
Thar she blows: Moby-Dick at the Arcola Theatre

Simple8's succinct and encapsulating version of Melville's epic transports you through the  oceans of time, as well as from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Featuring a strong all-male ensemble, this production is original and raw. At the Arcola Theatre.

Thursday 4th April 2013 Read more...
Controversy on the Rock: Gibraltar at Arcola Theatre

Gibraltar takes us back to one of the most controversial events in the history of The Troubles. As well as focusing on the killings of the "Gibraltar Three", it examines the role that the media played in the aftermath. Interesting as it is as a piece of reportage, this works less well as a play, though its four actors remain dedicated throughout.

Saturday 30th March 2013 Read more...
Shadows and song: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at the Arcola Theatre

A malevolent yet playful adaptation of one of the most influential horror films of all time. Built around music, a multitalented cast and very little else, an admittedly witty script that has some tonal problems doesn't detract much from this engrossing, darkly comic study of guilt and control.

Friday 1st March 2013 Read more...
Paved with good intentions: The Route to Happiness at the Landor Theatre

Deliberately crafted for small casts in fringe venues: Alexander Bermange's new musical follows three variously disillusioned singletons in their quests for fame, fortune and love. And when they find it, will they want it? At the Landor Theatre.

Thursday 21st February 2013 Read more...